The biologist, Dr. Fabián Jaksic, gave a keynote address at the University of La Serena as part of the activities of this meeting in which researchers, teachers and students from Chile and Argentina participate.
At the U. de La Serena, the keynote address was given by Dr. Fabián Jaksic Andrade, biologist, academic at the Pontificia Universidad Católica and director of the Center for Applied Ecology and Sustainability, who at 2018 was awarded the National Prize for Natural Sciences of Chile for its contribution in the creation of a school of ecology and biodiversity in our country.
The presentation of the biologist specialized in the field of community ecology research, was entitled: "History, ecology and impacts of the European rabbit invasion in southern South America" and was part of the activities of the Second Binational Congress of Scientific Research Chile - Argentina that develops from the 6 to the 9 in November in La Serena as part of the Integration Committee of the Agua Negra Pass and the Higher Education Institutions Commission.
Dr. Fabián Jaksic noted that both countries "share many aspects of what is environmental ecology, community ecology and, at the same time, similar threats. In this particular case, that binational interactions are made, especially relevant in regard to the threats that occur with the invasion in Chile and Argentina of beavers, red deer, boar, bison, rabbit, the hare, of the Argentine parrot. We have a tremendous exchange of both sides of the Cordillera that we are dealing with independently, but as we realize that the colleagues from the other side of the Andes have similar problems, we can manage to face these situations in both research and control of exotic species (...). There are situations in which bi-national strategies are required to face these threats to biodiversity. "
After the presentation of Dr. Fabián Jaksic, gave way to the presentations in the thematic lines of "Energy, Present and Future" and "Geoscience, Environment and Sustainability", in charge of representatives of the universities of La Serena, Catholic North and National of San Juan and the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones, CEAZA.
Collaborative work between institutions
During this meeting, the Rector (s) of the host university, Dr. Jorge Catalán, together with stating that the participation of the University of La Serena in this Congress is a sign of the institutional commitment with the strengthening of scientific research, and the generation of knowledge and its dissemination, highlighted the collaboration between institutions of sister nations and "the commitment of our institutions not only to be reproducers of knowledge, but also to be generators of knowledge, but not of any kind of knowledge, knowledge that have relevance and local, national and international relevance. This is a great challenge for our institutions. "
For its part, the president of the Commission for the Integration of Institutions of Higher Education in the Region of Coquimbo, Adriana Ledezma, said that "this Congress has as its first objective to deepen the collaborative work between Higher Education institutions of both countries, with the I hope that the joint investigation that favors Chile and Argentina can be originated. Regarding the second objective, it is the possibility of promoting dialogue between researchers from the Coquimbo Region with the Province of San Juan, and we are certainly living it from the first days of the Congress. In this way we are preparing to face and repair common problems that need to be solved with a scientific-technological response as a whole. This is how this academic event becomes a substantial link in this process of Chilean-Argentine integration ".
The Binational Congress brings together researchers, academics and pre and postgraduate students from Chile and Argentina, who participate in a series of lectures, lectures and posters, near 200.
Its organization is in charge of the Commission of Higher Education Institutions of the Coquimbo Region, made up of the University of La Serena, Santo Tomas University, Universidad Católica del Norte, Central University, Technological University of Chile INACAP, Bolivarian University, Pedro University of Valdivia, University of Aconcagua, Professional Institute of Chile, Central Valley Institute and AIEP Professional Institute, in addition to the National University of San Juan and the Catholic University of Cuyo.