The place of research in Chile

The place of research in Chile

Public statement.

The discussion of the national budget allocated for the year 2019 today is matter of debate and discontent in various sectors of society. Research announced a cut of more than 32 billion pesos, which is no longer stunned an entire community multidisciplinary researchers who brings base, applied and social sciences, arts and humanities. This reduction vacillates between perversion and irony, since these resources are to a newly created Ministry (Ministry of science, technology, knowledge and innovation, MinCTCI) and expected its complex implementation process. In this sense, does not match the challenges that we have as a country and created institutions.

The budget decrease in research is only the tip of the iceberg of a deeper problem, since with this we can deduce project (Nothing auspicious) country of the current Government. On the other hand, at this point we expected to count with a Minister that could have an impact on the increase in budget for this portfolio and then defend it, but on this we still have no news. The two previous points show disinterest in research public policy effects in the long term in our country. This Ministry is not to the / as researchers or institutions to do research, but that we hope that, through a regulation widely discussed with institutions, organizations and various stakeholders, benefits society as a whole, to through policies that encourage forms of bonding, creation of knowledge and practices that exploit the potential of the knowledge generated in Chile.

The current Government has spoken of the need for Chile to development through improving productivity and growth. If for what it does not support research with determination and resources, the Government is clearly unable to removed the economic blinders that conceived "national development" only from the economic growth of the GDP. Is that the current Government thinks that a society can reach welfare without culture (remember that an oversight of this area there is) and at the same time preying natural resources? It is that those knowledge that do not produce immediate economic gain are not useful to the population? Do we want economic growth at the expense of a citizenship conceived as mere consumers of what is generated in "developed" countries, while we throw overboard the creative and intellectual potential in the local population?

Develop research in Chile, in all areas and in all its geography, should be a priority. So, apparently, the different actors involved had understood it when it approved the Ministry. This, of course, has to do with finance research because Yes or to favour a sector of society, but with a project which seeks to transform the production model, moving from one mainly extractive to another where the Centre are the knowledge generated locally. Out of our historical dependence requires political will to allow linking the research developed in Chile with a vision of a country in which all working together to achieve social welfare: the public sector and the private sector, civil society , etc.

This is why the researchers claim the current Government not only an increase in budget, but that the early appointment of Minister a linked / research-political weight to meet the challenges of the Ministry. This authority must be able to enforce a public policy that is the result of an open dialogue with all stakeholders: researchers (from different regions, ages, genders), universities, research institutes of the State, between others. To make this possible, the regulation of the MinCTCI should be discussed with stakeholders and organisations involved, respecting the diversity of areas of knowledge. Recall that in this Ministry are not only science, but also research in the humanities, social sciences and the arts. The challenges facing our country require a multidisciplinary look, as well as a broad and open dialogue not only with the researchers, but with all the citizens. Protection and valuation of research and culture locally generated depend on all / as. We have the capabilities and conditions to be a country of which we feel proud / as.

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