Chile–California Conference, October 17, at UC Davis

Photo from the Chile-California Conference 2013, at Stanford University.
Photo from the Chile-California Conference 2013, at Stanford University.

The fourth Chile–California Conference, organized by the Chilean student associations at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University, will be held in the UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The event, titled “Envisioning the Future, Creating it Together” will feature presentations by speakers from Chile and the U.S., as well as afternoon workshops, a contest of ideas and projects, and students’ poster presentations.

Topics will include education policy, agricultural biotechnology, and applied technology and innovation. UC Davis speakers will be Paul Gepts, professor of plant sciences; Niki Peterson of the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Lovell Jarvis, professor of agricultural and resource economics and faculty director of the UC Davis-Chile Partnership Program. The conference is open to the public for $20 per person.

UC Davis has a long history of research and education collaborations with Chile, and in April partnered in opening the UC Davis–Chile Life Sciences Innovation Center in Santiago, Chile.

The first Chile–California Conference (C3) took place at Davis in 2012 and started as a collaborative effort among Chilean students from Stanford University, UC Berkeley and UC Davis supported by the Chilean General Consulate in San Francisco, Fundación Imagen de Chile, and the Chile–California Council.

15.10.13 crop Chile-California logoAs Chilean students in California, they viewed their role and the shared experience between Chile and California as a privileged opportunity to think about the similar challenges and solutions that both states and societies have faced in the past and will face in the future. Since then, the Chile–California Conference has become an important meeting place for students, faculty, entrepreneurs and professionals from both regions.

This year’s conference focuses on the future and aims to move from diagnosis to action, and to envision the future Chile and California in a concrete and feasible way. We believe a new generation of students, entrepreneurs and professionals, coupled with their research and innovative ideas, are the key agents of change in this transformative process. Along with a selected group of keynote speakers from both regions, they will be at the center of this conference creating together a better Chile and California.

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(Article by Ann Filmer, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis)

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