January 13, 2022 #Science & Knowledge.

Future Congress 2022: more than 80 thinkers and scientists will be present at the most important science meeting in Chile and Latin America

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For more than a decade this meeting, the largest science, knowledge and innovation event in Latin America, has been bringing citizens closer to the brightest minds that are creating the future.

Eleven years, eleven regions and more than 80 exhibitors. After more than a decade of making history as the most relevant science, knowledge and innovation event in Chile and Latin America, Congreso Futuro is preparing for a new on-site and virtual version, which will seek to continue bringing science closer to the public.

This year it will be held from January 17 to 21, with national and international speakers from more than 20 countries, who will present their views on the theme Learning to live together, which invites to understand the community as the basic unit to build the new world, and understand the complex web that allows life from a full awareness of the connection between all the inhabitants of the planet.

Throughout its eleven years, this event has brought together more than 800 thinkers, scientists, researchers, Nobel Prize winners, opinion leaders and artists from more than 40 countries, all top-level guests, and this year will be no exception.

Among the exhibitors are 4 Nobel laureates. The French Esther DufloNobel Prize in Economics in 2019, specialist in the study of poverty and inequality; Stanley WhittinghamNobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2019, who discovered a key process in the production of lithium batteries in the 1970s; the German Harald Zur HausenNobel Prize in Medicine in 2008, for his discoveries related to the human papillomavirus; and Muhammad YunusNobel Peace Prize for his efforts to create an environment of social and economic development.

In addition, there will be names that the world has come to know and value in the handling of the pandemic, such as Anthony Faucidirector of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), recognized as one of the world's leading experts on epidemics; Tedros Adhanomdirector general of the WHO; and the Uruguayan virologist Gonzalo Moratoriocreator of one of the first tests to detect Covid, who in 2020 was named by Nature magazine as one of the 10 most influential scientists in the world.

Deployment in regions

Since 2016, Congreso Futuro has been taking place in regions, addressing the objective of decentralizing this event and allowing participants from all over Chile to be part of the discussion related to science, technology and the society of the future.

This version will be held in 10 regions of the country (in addition to the Metropolitan Region): Antofagasta, Coquimbo, Valparaíso, O'Higgins, Maule, Biobío, La Araucanía, Los Ríos, Aysén and Magallanes.

Thus, for example, at the inauguration in Magallanes will be Sharon Robinsonan expert on the Antarctic continent and climate change and the Argentine immunologist Oscar Bottassowho is currently working to find a cure for Covid. Meanwhile, the closing day in Los Ríos will be attended by Enric Saladirector of National Geographic's Pristine Seas initiative; and in Aysén, Jemma Wadhamglaciology academic at the University of the Arctic in Norway.

The complete event can be followed on Congreso Futuro's official networks and on the website congresofuturo.cl.


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