Science highlights advances in communication, but remains concerned about logistical challenges

The gender and node tables are part of the landmarks
in Science, highlighted by Portfolio Manager Veronica Vallejos.

toVeronica Vallejos, Scientist of the Southern Macruzón Region (Aisne and Magallanes), reviewed what 2023 was like and what 2024 will hold, highlighting the start-up of the node that will allow us to connect our region with the rest of Chile for the transfer of information and studies.

This landmark is part of the “Patagonia Project” that began in 2021 and will constitute its second node in the South Macro region after arriving in Coyhaique in 2022. The aim of this new section is to connect institutions and education centers in the region to global research networks.

The portfolio manager herself expects it to become operational between March and April 2024, which will allow for the generation of a rapid connection to share big data with the national scientific community.

“The Great Southern Region has been disconnected, which is why this agreement was signed with the regional government to connect connectivity in its offices. The big event of 2024 will be that this point of presence will be connected between March and April, which will allow science and teaching to be linked throughout Chile.

“We hope that various scientific institutions will reach out to this point of presence to disseminate information.”

Gender tables

Last year, the Ministry of Science's internal gender tables were formalized, a first with representatives in each of the country's five major regions in a survey that began in 2020 and will be achieved in 2023.

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“We are the first ministry to institutionalize gender tables at the macro-zonal level in each of its regions.” Her goal? Convene a meeting of women in science to figure out how to reduce gaps in each of the associated institutions.

Logistical challenges

“Magallanes is a natural laboratory with the largest depopulated areas, so it is more natural and cleaner. Together with AISEN, we have created a community in Santiago. This brings with it a large number of national parks, which respond to a very great scientific attraction,” he added.

Regarding the needs of science development, the marine biologist emphasized that “being the largest large area, in regional terms, means a greater logistical challenge to support development as a science. We need more enabling infrastructure and the opportunity for our teams to go places to search for information without major complications.

There are currently just over 200 scientists residing in the Magallanes region who have been part of the modernization of the National Science and Innovation Policy. In December, consideration of sending the views from the citizens' consultations to President Gabriel Burić was completed.

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