One reason behind the Santiago Center’s achievements is that it has focused its programs on topics that have concrete and long-term impact in Chile as it seeks to introduce new issues and discussions in the public policy agenda. Among them are Population Aging, Biomedical Engineering, Renewable Energies, Antibiotic-Resistance, Waste to energy processes, e-policy, and Business Ethics. The novelty of these topics helps the Center compete with the increasing number of conferences and public events put together by other institutions.
The program themes have had a multidisciplinary focus and range from Mental Health to the Arts and from Human Rights to Business Affairs. However, one important focus has been put on the Earth Sciences, in collaboration with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), considering that Chile is a natural lab for researchers in several of these fields (climate, volcanology, glaciology, and seismology, among others). Another area in which the Center has focused is architecture, as we have a strong local team of GSAAP alumni that have created a collective called “Santiago Research Cell”, which, with the Center’s collaboration and support, has organized, several events, exhibitions and faculty visits around the themes of the future cities, post-earthquake reconstruction, the use of water in public spaces, among others.