CMM researcher participates in the design of the National Strategy of Innovation

CMM researcher participates in the design of the National Strategy of Innovation

The President of the Republic Michelle Bachelet received the National Innovation Strategy. The document titled ‘Science, Technologies and Innovation (STI) for a New Pact for Sustainable and Inclusive Development’ was prepared by the National Council for Innovation for Development (Consejo Nacional de Innovación para el Desarrollo, CNID) and integrates views on the challenges Chile will face in this matter. A group of leading scientists, businessmen, and authorities wrote it. This group included Servet Martínez, a researcher at Center for Mathematical Modeling of Universidad de Chile.

The document invites to create a major pact for science, technology, and innovation, which should contribute to Chile’s development challenges and opportunities.

“We are now in a position to deliver strategic directions to Chile to address our innovation challenges for the next decade. An issue that impacts not only in our economy or the scientific world, but also in the rooms we open to knowledge, creativity, or also in our life together,” said the president about the report.

Servet Martínez during the ceremony to create the Science for the Development of Chile Presidential Committee.

In chapter three ‘Our ITC in the last decade’, Servet Martínez wrote the article ‘Collaboration in Science’. There, he promoted the interdisciplinary scientific work as a basis to face future challenges: “Collaboration between research groups from different institutions (such as the high-performance computing laboratory) is the necessary step to have reliable equipment with wide reach, so the country can face with appropriate force some significant problems.”

For the researcher, “our true comparative advantages are cultural and scientific capital, the ability to collaborate, our national and international networks, the insertion of science in society, and the culture of citizens.”

The proposals

The document has five chapters. The first one addresses the challenges and opportunities Chile faces. The second invites us to look at the contribution sciences, technologies, and innovation can make. This shows examples from the country and the world. The third covers what Chile has done, with a critical eye on what is pending. The fourth analyzes policies in science, technology, and innovation during the last decade. And the fifth presents the main short and medium term proposals.

In this last chapter, the report raises five lines of public policies:

1.- To agree on a procedure that allows selecting great challenges where science, technology, and innovation can make a relevant contribution with a horizon of ten years at least. This implies to incorporate the concerns of the people.

2.- To design a mandatory contribution to carrying out research, development, and innovation (R+D+I) around the collective sectoral challenges, under the direction and administration of the companies of the sector organized for these purposes. In this scheme, the State should intervene to replicate at the corporate-sector level the best practices of the most innovative companies in the world.

3.- A percentage of the total expenditure of each ministry should fund R+D+I that responds to long-term challenges and issues of public relevance, agreed.

4.- To promote a broad digitization of the services carried out by the State. This will generate digital infrastructure conditions that allow the intense deployment of networks and their use by SMEs and citizens.

5.- In five years, bringing science, technology, and innovation to all schools and public schools through spaces of encounter and co-design between the worlds of science and education.

Posted on May 29, 2017 in Frontpage, News