Conference Encuentros Paris 2012

Under the motto “Knowledge for Economic & Social Development” a group of more than 250 Chileans met in Paris between the 4th and the 6th of July in the University Pierre and Marie Curie. This was the 6th version of the conference Encuentros, where the participants gather to discuss the state of the Chilean research covering a wide range of fields: from architecture and economy to communication and public policy.

The Education and Communication session was divided in two main thematic panels. Dr. David Buckingham (Loughborough University) was the main speaker in the “Communication for Citizenship and Inclusion” section, where the new technologies and its possibilities were broadly discussed. Rocío Rueda Ortiz from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Bogotá (Colombia) presented about “Young citizens, technologies and political turn”, while Ximena Martinez offered a talk on “Considering Possibilities for Social Development in Chile through Inclusive Education”. Finally Amaranta Alfaro Muirhead, PhD Candidate at the GMaC, gave a talk about her research project “Civic Engagement through Social Media in Chile”. The second section was lead by Dr. Francesc Pedró, Head of the UNESCO Education Policy Advice Group, and its main focus was “Innovations in Education”, where the role of the teachers and their training was particularly stressed. Each session had also poster presentations, where many of the emergent speakers participated exhibiting their research work.

During the three day event the participants had the privilege of enjoying two very interesting Keynote Presentation. The first one from Dr. Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought. Her research and writing focuses on globalization issues, including social, economic and political dimensions, and immigration and terrorism in global cities. The second one was the talk of Prof. Bernard Seguin, jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which authored the Fourth Assessment Report on Climate Change.

– Amaranta Alfaro Muirhead –

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