With an episode dedicated to the special programs that the University of Concepción has to address urgent and complex problems, which are administered from the Vice-Rector for Research and Development (VRID), this Wednesday the second season of the radio program ‘Señales del Futuro’ which, every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., broadcasts Radio Universidad de Concepción through 95.1 FM in Concepción and radioudec.cl
The space, which in the current season had 45 chapters, is defined as a space to show the community the results of the UdeC research, reported by its protagonists, who explain their research, new technologies, ventures and artistic creation activities.
In this episode, the interviewees were the Dr. Andrea Rodríguez TastetsR&D Vice Rector of the UdeC, and the Dr. Alfonso Hernandez Riveraacademic of the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Geography and director of the Special Program of Interdisciplinary Science for the Mountains of the Southern Andes, CIMASur, of the VRID.
“Mountain sciences have an interdisciplinary and interconnected dimension and that is why researching them is strategic because it helps to connect different dimensions and a diversity of aspects that ultimately affect both society and the natural environments, which are below or in mountain areas. And, since Chile is such a mountainous country in physical terms, it is not very mountainous in terms of enjoyment, because not many people go to the mountains”, explains the researcher.
The expert highlights that the Andes is a great laboratory for the development of frontier science in various disciplines and, for example, “the existence of gradients or changes in height in the mountains makes our glaciers and our seasonal snow much more sensitive to climate change and, in hydrological terms, this area tends to be a bit more sensitive in addition to a relatively larger population compared to Patagonia, for example”.
For her part, Dr. Rodríguez explained that “the current regulations of the University allow the generation of especially associative instruments that promote topics that have potential for research development and that really allow a leap in what is productivity or results and that allows stand out at the national level with respect to a specific topic”.
From 2018 to date, the current administration has carried out four special VRID programs: Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Science (PCAS); Science, Research and Development in Latin America (CIDESAL); Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Mental Health (NEPSAM) and CIMASur.
The third season of ‘Señales del Futuro’ will begin to be broadcast from next April, joining the new program schedule of Radio UdeC, while the more than 100 previous interviews (seasons 1 and 2) are available on the spotify channel of the VRID.