Those proposals related to public spaces that come from the regions of Aisne, Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic, will have more funding. Applications will be open until August 10.
The Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation announced the start of applications for the “General Science” competitions for the year 2022. The initiative’s total funding is $1,428 million and its goal is to promote the generation of spaces and experiences through which people and knowledge can interact in different forms. To do this, this year 3 applied areas were promoted: public spaces, outreach projects and community projects.
The competitions will be open to all regions of the country, and if a project linked to public spaces is promoted, greater funding will be given to those from extreme regions, such as the Aisne and Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic. Public Science 2022 will also support initiatives associated with outreach products, such as books, podcasts, and plays, as well as those linked through regional or community organizations.
Regarding this new call, the Seremi of Science, Verónica Vallejos, noted that “As the Ministry of Science, we seek to spread this knowledge in all regions and that societies are suitable for it. This is the great goal of public science, which is for different organizations and social groups to bring science and knowledge closer together. Through innovative, community and associative projects, and to have a dialogue between regional communities and different disciplines, to improve the quality of people’s lives.”
General Science in Magallanes
There are three proposals being implemented in the region thanks to “Public Science” 2021. Two of them correspond to the Outreach Products category, and both are board games. “Ocean Heroines” from Fundación Mar y Ciencia, is an illustrated card game that aims to generate cases of fun learning about the oceans, fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, socializing and capturing science, technology, knowledge and innovation in marine ecosystems.
Catalina Velasco, its Director, commented that disclosure is an essential part of the work of the scientific community, “It allows to bring the scientific process closer to citizens and make them participate in it. Disclosure translates technical content and makes it democratic and accessible. Through the Public Science Fund, the Ministry facilitates and encourages this much-needed work. It is needed because those of us who devote ourselves to scientific publishing, generally do not enjoy stable funding.”
“Ilan: Exploring Life Antarctic Life,” authored by Fundación Antártica21, is also a card game that seeks to promote the appropriation and social appreciation of knowledge related to Antarctic biodiversity, providing the community with content about the species in which they live, describing their ecological interactions, the dynamics of species with their environment and the impact of human on it.
The third proposal “Exploraantártica: A Journey to Austral Exploration”, from the same institution, corresponds to the category of public spaces, an interactive exhibition of 5 units dealing with the exploration of the South (Antarctica and South Antarctica), the generation of knowledge and the historical relationship between Magellan and Antarctica. Its aim is to contribute to the citizen’s appreciation of the cultural and natural heritage of these lands, and to promote democratic access to knowledge of science, history and the various folk manifestations of these lands and seas.
The director of both projects, Edgardo Vega, sees it as important to have these kinds of competitions, allowing citizens to stay informed. “Those who manage and control knowledge can respond better and take advantage of the opportunities the world offers, and the fact that people can know the results of scientific activity will allow them to make better decisions. In addition, they are the ones who, through their taxes, help fund these activities, so Sharing knowledge becomes an ethical issue.”
He added that as an institution they know the enormous potential of Magallanes, “not only from the point of view of local science, but also from global interest due to Antarctic issues, adding energy transmission through green hydrogen, the environment and biodiversity of the region. It is important to fund initiatives that value the knowledge of the area for the people of the region.” Magellan and also for the rest of the world, and that’s fundamental.”
“General science” projects can be developed in various disciplines, including the natural and exact sciences, social sciences, and research in the arts and humanities. The call will last until August 10 and orders will be online http://cienciapublica.cl/concursos/.–