Pablo Valenzuela reviews by new Minister of Science: "Is not the time to be asking for explanations"

Pablo Valenzuela reviews by new Minister of Science: "Is not the time to be asking for explanations"

The director of the Foundation Science & life, who worked for eight years with the new Undersecretary of science and meet the Minister, said that all scientists have "that unite behind them".

Support for the new partnership, which will lead the Ministry of science was transverse. However, among the few who slipped criticism was the former Director of Conicyt, Mario Hamuy, who told El Mercurio that "both gave many interviews on raised them serious questions on the Bill." Not explained that they are now taking in a Ministry that does not seem to be the instrument that they would have liked for the development of science in Chile".

Pablo Valenzuela, director of the Foundation Science & life and national prize of Sciences spoke with financial daily leaving the step away from the sayings of Hamuy: "best for everyone is that they are tremendously successful. This is our Ministry (of scientists) and they are very appropriate."

-Do you think the appointment of Andrés Couve?

- As seems to all scientists, because it is a very good scientist, you know the filming of science in chile. He is a person with much activity and that can be an excellent Minister.

-Why you believe that the former President of Conicyt requests now explanations to the new Minister of science? He said he had to explain why if it criticized before the project that created the Ministry, now assumes as Minister.

-I think that people thought they were going to be Ministers some or appointed to any office of the Government and are a bit heartbroken by that. It is not the time to be asking for explanations. Andrew and Carolina were very unsure of this project long ago, but have no why give explanations of any kind, we all have to unite behind them. The best thing for everyone is that they are tremendously successful. This is our Ministry (of scientists) and they are very suitable. It was a very brave and visionary nomination of President Piñera to name them in this Ministry.

- But they did not like as the law was?

-Not criticized the project, but he criticized the project, which was outlining Hamuy. They said that it was perhaps better to starting with something smaller. But once there is a law there to throw forward.

-How so?

-The challenge is in give structure and institutions to the world of science and make that you given one higher budget.

-What other challenges they must face?

-They will have to start from scratch, decide and create a series of things which do not exist today and that will require much work. It is a new Ministry, an empty shell and that is a major challenge. His Undersecretary will be their help, whom I have known much. She has everything, management and communication skills. He worked with us for almost 8 years, it is excellent in every way.

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