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The objective of the meeting is to promote a space for debate, multidisciplinary updating and stimulation of scientific and technological research in a broad spectrum of knowledge areas, promoting exchange and integration between Argentine and Chilean researchers.

Near 200 researchers, academics and undergraduate and graduate students from Chile and Argentina are participating in the Second Binational Congress of Scientific Research, which takes place in La Serena from 6 to 9 in November, as part of the Water Step Integration Committee Negra and the Higher Education Institutions Commission of the Coquimbo Region.

binational congress start2This second version of the Congress, supported by the Regional Council of Coquimbo, aims to promote a space for debate, multidisciplinary updating and stimulation of scientific and technological research in a broad spectrum of knowledge areas, promoting exchange and integration among researchers. Argentines and Chileans, thus generating opportunities for academic development related to regional, national and international interests.

The meeting considers the participation of renowned speakers of the scientific context and a series of lectures, lectures and posters, with the following themes: Binational economic development; Education and culture; Turistic development; Social development; State, society, power and politics; Medicine and health; Present and future energy; and Geoscience, environment and environmental sustainability.

During the opening ceremony of the meeting, the Regional Intendente, Lucía Pinto, stressed that the integration between the Coquimbo Region and the Province of San Juan "must be cultural, academic, scientific and this is an opportunity that demonstrates this: the sharing of knowledge , advance together through the knowledge of science and technology. We are very proud to receive this initiative and we will continue developing this type of initiatives ".

binational congress start3Meanwhile, the president of the Commission for the Integration of Institutions of Higher Education, Adriana Ledezma, said that this Congress seeks to "encourage multidisciplinary updating; favor exchange and integration, because this Commission was created within the framework of the Paso Agua Negra Integration Committee; and generate knowledge through the projects that have been presented by young researchers, those who have completed their pre and postgraduate studies and who have completed their research, and that knowledge poured into papers we will be able to share during these days in the different institutions that make up the Commission".

While the Undersecretary of Promotion of Scientific and Technological Activity and Innovation of the Government of the Province of San Juan, Pablo Díez, valued the organization of this Congress and indicated that "it is very important to unite ties between our teachers, scientists and students both the Province of San Juan as of the Coquimbo Region, is necessary, is valid and has an objective, which is the common good of the country. " And he added that currently one can not have an isolated view on education and science, "we are in a globalized world where the weaknesses and strengths of one side of the Cordillera as well as the other are very good to compensate for scientific work and training" .

For its part, the president of the Regional Council of Coquimbo, Adriana Peñafiel, emphasized that for the CORE this integration with the Province of San Juan is very important, "particularly in this opportunity we are emphasizing the realization of this Second Binational Congress where we can generate exchange scientific and technological, and also the brotherhood between scientists and students of both countries, with the aim of always strengthening this Paso Agua Negra ".

binational congress start4The inauguration of the binational meeting was held at the Gabriel González Videla Congress Hall of the Intendance, with the presence of authorities, researchers, academics and students from the Coquimbo Region and the Province of San Juan, and considered the conference of journalist Andrea Obaid, creator, editor and host of the TV show "Tecnociencia en Ruta" of Canal 13C and Canal 13, author of the books "Tecnoscience: 30 Scientific Tourism Routes in Chile" Part 1 and Part 2, and host of the program Superciencia en Radio DNA.

The organization of this II Binational Congress of Scientific Research is in charge of the Commission of Higher Education Institutions of the Coquimbo Region, which is made up of the University of La Serena, Santo Tomas University, Universidad Católica del Norte, Universidad Central, Universidad Technological Institute of Chile INACAP, Bolivarian University, Pedro de Valdivia University, Aconcagua University, Professional Institute of Chile, Central Valley Institute and AIEP Professional Institute. In addition, the National University of San Juan and the Catholic University of Cuyo are incorporated into the organization.