Alejandro Maass, deputy director of the Center for Mathematical Modeling at Universidad de Chile, was invited to take part at Puerto de Ideas. In this opportunity, Antofagasta city welcomed the fourth version of the most important science festival outside Santiago.
About 15 thousand attendees joined in more than 30 activities. The CMM researcher was part of a panel discussion on Climate Change, together with the biologist Cristina Dorador, from Universidad de Antofagasta, archaeologist Daniel Daniel Sandweiss, from U. of Maine, and Maisa Rojas, a physicist at the Department of Geophysics of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the U. of Chile. Journalist Valeria Foncea chaired the panel.
“Puerto de Ideas proposed us current issues that bring together national and international scientists with the general public. It’s an opportunity to have their concerns and show them the timing of science, its results and the context of how science is addressing global problems today,” said Maass about the activity.
The panel talked about the human influence on Earth. It is so great that created a new geological age in recent years: the Anthropocene.
It’s true the Earth has experienced very varied climatic conditions over millennia. Yet, this new era shows human have developed an unprecedented capacity to change the environment.
The panel discussed about the consequences of this impact. It also explored possible solutions to limit temperature rises. And the speakers addressed different positions around this topic at the global level. Alejandro Maass explained how data analysis and the use of genomics and bioinformatics tools are allowing to enrich information on climatic cycles with biological evidence. He gave details about Tara Expedition and its results in relation to the carbon cycle.
Mathematical talk in Mejillones
On Friday, the CMM professor had gave the lecture ‘Mathematics in the Genomics era’ at Complejo Educacional Juan José Latorre, in Mejillones. Here, he explained the consequences of the made-in-Chile genomics research in the improvement of the living conditions of Chileans.