Science and Engineering

The Santiago Center has been able to take advantage of the solid and strong body of Columbia University’s scientists by reaching out and inviting them to travel to Chile to publicize their work, establish collaboration with local counterparts and recruit post-doc students to work in their Campus labs. 

In March 2017, a delegation from Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) traveled to Santiago to participate in a joint symposium with the Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering of Universidad Católica (UC) on biological engineering, biomaterials, bioimaging and biomechanics. A number of BME-UC projects have already received funding and are underway.  

This was followed in September by the visit of a delegation of four faculty members from the Division of Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology of Columbia University’s Medical Center to participate in a Train the Trainer symposium about the treatment of strokes and other neurological emergencies.

In April 2018, Columbia University’s Professor Martin Chalfie, one of the winners of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, traveled to Chile to participate in the Puerto de Ideas Science Festival, an event in northern Chile’s city of Antofagasta that attracts scholars and researchers from around the world. During his visit, he also met with a group of ten young scientists working in physics, biology, biochemistry and biomedicine at different Chilean universities.


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August 25, 2017

Seminar on Waste-to-Energy Technologies

The rapid growth of waste materials generated by humanity and the ever-increasing scarcity of landfill space worldwide have resulted in a major environmental problem. Faced with this challenge, municipalities and companies are seeking alternative solutions to the age-old method of landfilling. The only proven alternative for the management of the post-recycling waste, that means the waste with no value in the market or recovery potential, is thermal treatment for the recovery of energy (waste-to-energy or WTE).

August 24, 2017

Neurology Symposium on September 9-10

Every year, millions of individuals suffer from acute stroke, the second leading cause of death globally, as well as other neurological emergencies. Stroke, severe traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and spinal cord injury all cause significant morbidity and mortality. Often in resource-limited settings, delays in diagnosis and appropriate management lead to poor outcomes such as death or permanent and significant neurological deficits.

July 13, 2017

Chilean researcher obtains funding for project on Aging

Esteban Calvo, member of the Columbia Aging Center (CAC) faculty, adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, and professor of public policy at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile, was part of a three-member group that was awarded funds by the CAC to develop aging science. Their project, titled “Aging well with alcohol?

March 21, 2017

Thomas DiPrete´s Lecture on Gender Gap in Sciences and Engineering

Thomas Di Prete, Giddins Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University, visited Santiago and spoke on Gender Inequality in STEM Education in an event organized by the Santiago Center, Comunidad Mujer, COES, and the School of Economy and Business of the University of Chile.

March 13, 2017

Biomedical Engineering Symposium Columbia-UC

A delegation of nine faculty members, scientists and students from Columbia visited Chile in mid-March to participate in a PGIF-funded "Biomedical Engineering Symposium", organized by the Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering at Universidad Catolica (UC) in conjunction with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia.