Fundación Sponsors Successful Chilean Scientific Meeting in Germany
March 11, 2009
The Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine in Göttingen, Germany was the venue that last February brought together over 70 Chilean scientists and students to talk about science and how to link their activities in Europe with the science made in Chile at Encuentros 2009, an initiative sponsored by Fundación Ciencia para la Vida and Bionexa.org, among others.
In this meeting were involved leading figures of the national and international scientific environment. Ramón Latorre (Chile), National Science Award and Erwin Neher (Germany), Nobel Laureate in Medicine gave conferences that were simultaneously broadcasted through Nature.com’s virtual facilities in Second Life.
Erwin Neher, Nobel Laureate in Medicine and director of the Department of Membrane Biophysics, emphasized the value of this initiative. “We are happy that you are here. Young people active and involved with a project like this broadens the horizon”, noted in the opening session of this congress.
Encuentros 2009, gathered members of Bionexa.org, a network that was born from a group of Chilean students in Europe, including Cristián Hernández Cuevas, currently Business Director of Fundación. This initiative took much momentum when Nature Network – a network that aims to connect all the scientists in the world – offered a partnering with them in April last year. One key aim of Bionexa, says Hernandez, is to “accelerate scientific developments in Chile.”
The National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) has just bought Bionexa.org. The creator team of this project will continue to manage the network, but with more financial support and the validation of CONICYT.