Research and education exchange between the two countries offer a great potential, and both countries have a strong interest in increasing their joint activities. Sweden and Chile have, historically, strong social bonds due to the Chilean migration to Sweden since the 70's. Sweden has one of the largest populations of Chileans living abroad (after much larger countries such as US, Canada and Australia) with a prominent participation in cultural, political and societal life. Expanding and strengthening Swedish academic collaborations with Chile would pave the way for establishing a platform that will benefit Swedish and Chilean researchers in an increasingly globalized world.
Nowadays both countries have a good knowledge of each other and it exists a broad collaboration interest within education, business, politics and cultural spheres. Both Chile and Sweden are in many aspects facing similar challenges. All below-mentioned thematic fields are areas where Chile and Sweden can develop new approaches and understandings to be able to strengthen the capacity to face present and future challenges. This initiative aims to create a platform where researchers from both countries can learn from each other, discuss different approaches and initiate new disciplinary and interdisciplinary research projects.
The aims of the platform are: i) strengthen disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration, within the framework of a “sustainable society”, between Chilean and Swedish Universities through activities in research, education and innovation, ii) enhance researchers at an early stage of their career and iii) connect, meet, learn, share research work, publish and interact with society. This will contribute to research excellence and long-term collaborations between the two countries.
As a result of the academic exchange (visits), and within the broader scope of “Sustainable Societies”, the following focus areas and topics were identified. They represent common social challenges and academic goals for both countries. Moreover, interdisciplinary approach is to be encouraged and the thematic fields for the project’s planned symposia have been defined as follow.
Ageing, Cancer, Antibiotic Resistance, Intensive Care / Health, Quality of life, Education, Health policies, Risk factors, Technological platforms, Prevention, Innovation
Glocal (local & global scales), WLE-nexus, environmental, social and health impacts, AFM footprint; Impact assessment methodologies, Innovation (technological/institutional/economic and social)
Circular Migration, Inequity, Inclusion/Exclusion, Identities and Subjectivities, Practices of Resistance
The Steering committee is responsible for planning and implementing the project activities. The Steering Committee consists of one senior academic and one project manager from each of the four universities.