The USM TTLO was part of a debate that involved nearly one hundred professionals from the area of technology transfer and innovation, generating valuable input from discussions on the four key pillars defined by the new Ministry for the creation of a Policy on Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation.
Within the context of this Workshop and the 4th Annual Corfo and RedGT Awards Ceremony, around one hundred members of the Network of Technology Managers (RedGT) were divided into ten work groups to offer ideas based on their professional career and experience in the following strategic pillars: the Future of Chile, Strengthening the Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem (in the categories of R&D and Talent Development and Innovation and Technology); Institutional Capacities; and Outreach to Society.
Over a maximum of two hours, each group generated a report of conclusions and recommendations, which was systematized by each group leader for the purpose of being added to the platform “Let’s Think Together,” of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation (MinCTCI).
All of the ideas generated by each work group will serve as input for the first Policy being prepared by the Ministry on these topics. The goal of the new Ministry is to generate a participatory dialogue that includes both citizens and relevant players from the national ecosystem in these areas.
Gabriela Romero, executive director of the RedGT referred to the value of generating these types of encounters so that professionals from the area can make a relevant contribution.
“Part of our job is to facilitate opportunities to connect, like this one, in order to create public policies that help drive technology transfer in our country. Moreover, they help us share the lessons we have learned, proposals and recommendations.” She also added that, “maintaining these dialogue processes is crucial to establishing and fine-tuning a roadmap based on the experience of those that execute it.”
Ideas for advancing in science, technology, knowledge and innovation
The ten people that led each of the groups were: Varinka Farren and Fabián Celis were in charge of the Future of Chile. Javier Ramírez and Cynthia Torres for Institutional Capacities. Susana Rubilar and Fabiola Vásquez with Outreach to Society. And the leaders of the groups that dealt with the Strengthening of the STKI Ecosystem, in its two categories, were Christian Schmitz, Romina Hidalgo and Bernardita Araya, executive director of Hubtec, who commented, “the main topics discussed were the relationship between universities, the academic faculty and industry, with different ideas on how to strengthen these ties.”
Among the main issues addressed in this group were the need to promote and grant funding to strengthen the relationship between universities and companies, for example, through new lines of funding for collaborative work between the two sectors. Likewise, an increase in resources was proposed to benefit R&D collaboration with international peers.
Other relevant aspects in this group’s conclusions included promoting the development of regional science parks that recognize local capabilities; raising awareness on the equipment and infrastructure available in both academia and industry, through the insertion, for example, of professionals who want further training in the area of R&D+i; and promoting the early installation, permanence and mobility of advanced human capital.
The group also addressed the need to transform the education model for sciences in schools and universities, through advanced equipment for the development of R&D projects or practice- and evidence-based education, among other alternatives.
“It is important to discuss the minimum quality standards, so that knowledge is more easily adopted by industry,” said Romina Hildago, director of UAI+D at Adolfo Ibáñez University, who led one of the groups on the Strengthening of the STKI Ecosystem, and who also added that, “we must promote a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and, before that, to the formulation of the problems themselves.”
Relevant topics such as these were discussed across the different work groups, generating through their conclusions, an important contribution to the country for advancing in the development of science, technology, knowledge and innovation.