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In addition, he toured the new venues arranged for the Multidisciplinary Institute of Science and Technology.

The University of La Serena is one of the most important research centers in the Coquimbo Region, and has become a scientific center in the north of the country. That is why the Seremi of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation for the Macro Central Zone, Coquimbo - Valparaíso, Dr. María José Escobar, made a visit to the University to learn about the work being developed.

seremi science2The new Seremi, in the company of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Postgraduate, Dr. Eduardo Notte, the Director of Postgraduate and Postgraduate, Dr. Cristian Ibáñez, the Director of Research and Development, Dr. Sergio Torres and the Director of Strategic Development and Quality, Dr. César Espíndola, toured the laboratories of the departments of Food Engineering and Biology, in addition to visiting the new facilities arranged for the Multidisciplinary Institute of Science and Technology, to finally meet with the academics of the departments of Physics and Astronomy .

The Vice Chancellor for Research and Development explained that the new Seremi was “especially interested in knowing the work being done in research and technology at the ULS. We have a very high standard dependence and when we say that we have focused research, for us it goes hand in hand with the formation of advanced human capital, and in that sense, we have high-level research, with master's and doctorates, therefore, it is the way of bringing the applied knowledge to the territories ”.

For its part, the Seremi of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, said that “the creation of the Multidisciplinary Research Institute is powerful. "The spirit of the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research to promote certain areas of work, which is embodied in the construction of these new spaces and new hires, puts the emphasis on developing and propelling each of the priority lines established as a possibility," he said.

In that sense, the Seremi of the Macro Zone, valued that the seal of the ULS seeks to share knowledge that improves life. “The main role of the university is to generate knowledge so that our society grows and knows more. We are currently very few researchers that exist in Chile, we need to develop more critical mass, therefore, that role is crucial, and not only that, but also apply it to our productive sector and become a society that creates science-based innovation ” .

seremi science3The academic of the Department of Biology and Executive Director of the Laboratory of Research and Technological Innovation for Science Education of the University of La Serena LIITEC-ULS, Francisco López, presented the Makespace of the laboratory, where technological creation is developed with mobile applications of reality increased “Our commitment is to share knowledge through innovation, and one of the ways is through education. To the extent that we form advanced human capital and that innovation moves from the classroom to the outside, we are collaborating with that area. ”

The authorities also visited the works of the modern enclosure that will be available to the Multidisciplinary Research Institute in Science and Technology, which had an investment of more than 474 million pesos, 426 m2 built, and which will house the Directorate of Research and Development, the Energy and Sustainability Area and the Office of Dissemination and Dissemination of Science and Technology.

In this regard, the Director of Strategic Development and Quality, Dr. César Espíndola, said that 5 years ago the decision was made to expand the new focus of research towards energy efficiency and sustainability. The idea is to seek to respond to the seal of the educational model regarding the role of the University of La Serena, in terms of training with social responsibility, and under that logic, work on the optimization of energy use and the use of scarce resources water.

“This has allowed us today to have an infrastructure that welcomes scientific activities, both from the analysis and synthesis laboratory, and the Office of Dissemination and Dissemination of Science and Technology carried out by the University, therefore, we find the complete cycle . Generation of knowledge and also take it to the community, with the aim of improving the well-being of the Coquimbo Region, ”said Espíndola.

Written by Sergio Muñoz, Office of Outreach and Dissemination of Science and Technology