Within the framework of the Internationalization Project and fulfilling its objective of collaboration between Universidade Católica y Universidad de Chile, numerous activities and visits are conducted prior to the First Academic Forum Chile Sweden 2017, also known as the Academic Collaboration Chile Sweden Seminar (ACCESS), which will be developed in conjunction with the universities of Lund and Uppsala in the European country from August 14th to the 18th in Sweden.
The event seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaborative research, as well as to strengthen ties between institutions, promote the exchange of academics and students, dialogue between researchers, students and professors from both countries around topics of common interest and open new sources of funding.
Among the activities conducted on Monday, August 14th, where several UC academics participated in conjunction with staff from the Vice-Presidency for Research, are visits to the Science for Life Laboratory and the Aging Research Center, both from the Karolinska Institute, and the Center for Resilience of Stockholm, among others.
The Karolinska Institute is a medical university institution located in Solna, near Stockholm. It is one of the most prestigious medical centers in Europe and is currently the only Swedish university for medicine and other related sciences, such as dentistry, toxicology and physiotherapy.
Its Science for Life laboratory, SciLifeLab, is a national center for molecular biosciences with special attention to research in health and the environment and where the Karolinska Institute, the Royal Institute of Technology KTH, the University of Stockholm and the University of Uppsala collaborate. The center combines first-line technical expertise with advanced knowledge of translational medicine and molecular bioscience.
The Stockholm Resilience Center is internationally recognized for its transdisciplinary research. It leads to advancement in understanding complex socio-ecological systems and generates new knowledge and development to improve ecosystem management practices and long-term sustainability.
Likewise, the Ambassador of Chile in Sweden, Mr. José Goñi, received the Chilean delegation at his residence, where he congratulated the development of meetings of this nature that only strengthen the existing relations between the two countries, especially in matters of research and academic exchange.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday 15, academics from UC and the University of Chile, with the presence of numerous authorities such as President of Universidad de Chile, Mr. Ennio Vivaldi, and the UC Vice-President for Research Affairs, Pedro Bouchon, visited the Uppsala University, where they had a series of presentations by this the first Swedish university, highlighting those of ReAct-Action on Antibiotic Resistance and the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR).
Created in 2005, ReAct is one of the first independent international networks to articulate the complex nature of antibiotic resistance and its drivers. It started as a global catalyst, advocating and stimulating global commitment on antibiotic resistance, collaborating with a wide range of organizations, individuals and interest groups.
The Center for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR) coordinates a wide range of multidisciplinary research on racism through collaboration between six faculties, and benefits the coordination of projects, the theoretical and methodological development and the training of a future generation of scholars of the racism.
As a final point to the visit, the Chilean scholars visited the Carolina Rediviva library, founded in 1620 by King Gustav II Adolf.