Dr. Bernard Seguin
Nobel Peace Prize 2007 Co-Laureate, as part of the IPCC
Research Director at INRA's Agroclim Unit.
Bernard Seguin is research director at the Agroclim Unit at INRA’s research centre in Avignon. On October 2007, he was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about anthropogenic climate change, and for laying the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract it.
His research focuses in the climate influence over agriculture. Since 2002, he's the leading researcher of INRA's mission on "Climate Change and Greenhouse Effect". He's also one of the twenty members of the "Task Group on data and scenario support for impact and climate assessment" (TGICA), the permanent GIEC team in charge of scientific research results diffusion, about climate change and its effects.
He is an agriculture engineer from the National Agronomy Institute of Paris and PhD on micrometeorology at the Provence University, he has worked on micro-climate characterization and long range-detection techniques applied to agriculture, becoming leading researcher of the Agro-meteorology and Teledetection group of the Avignon University. In 1998 he contributed to the creation of the Environment and Agronomy department, successively becoming head of the Bioclimatology and Agroclim Units.
Nowadays, the professor coordinates INRA's research on climate change and greenhouse effect, proposing solutions for reducing agriculture-related emissions, reforestation and biofuels, with a pragmatic approach that joins agriculture solutions and adaptations to global warming.
Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University
Saskia Sassen’s research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions.
In addition to her appointments at Columbia University, Saskia Sassen serves on several editorial boards and is an advisor to several international bodies. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities. She has received a variety of awards and prizes, most recently, a Doctor honoris causa from Delft University (Netherlands).
She has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International,Vanguardia, Clarin, and the Financial Times, among others. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2012). Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She has been selected as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2011 by Foreign Policy Magazine.
Dr. Rainer Fischer
Department head of the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology
Senior Executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute
Prof. Dr. Rainer Fischer’s expertise covers many areas of Molecular Biotechnology including Genomics, Proteomics, Cellomics, Protein Engineering, Molecular Medicine, Immunology, Virology, Plant Biotechnology, as well as the Production and Purification of Recombinant Proteins.
Over the past five years Prof. Fischer has established the Fraunhofer IME in Aachen, Germany, its subsidiary the Fraunhofer CMB in Newark,DE, USA as well as the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology at the Technical University (RWTH) Aachen. He is also cofounder of four biotech start-ups.
Furthermore Prof. Fischer has made over 280 scientific presentations, written over 125 peer reviewed scientific publications and published more than 40 book chapters. Additionally, he holds over 20 pending patent applications and seven granted patents.
Pablo Simonetti, M.A. Civil Engineer
Pablo Simonetti is an Engineer and a writer. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Católica and a M.A. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.
In 1996 Mr. Simonetti turned entirely to literature. The following year, his renowned story “Santa Lucía” won the first prize in an important writing contest. This and other short stories were collected and published in a single volume ("Vidas Vulnerables”, 1999).
In 2004 Mr. Simonetti published his novel "Madre que estás en los cielos", which has been translated into five languages and has become one of the three biggest-selling Chilean novels in the past decade. In 2007 he came out with "La razón de los amantes", a novel that has since attracted great interest among readers. "La barrera del pudor" is his most recent work. This novel has been published in Latin America and Spain, and has had an enthusiastic response from critics.
Mr. Simonetti presides Fundación =Iguales, a non-governmental organization promoting equality and non discrimination for the sexual diversity. He also writes for several important news media in Chile. In his columns Mr. Simonetti addresses subject matters ranging from literature to diversity rights including current affairs, politics and culture.
Manuel Tuñon de Lara, Doctor of Medicine, pneumologist, Doctor of Sciences, and Professor of Medicine, aged 50, was elected President of Bordeaux Segalen University by the members of the Board of Governors on 29 January 2008.
Son of a historian with the same name, he attended secondary school at the Lycée Louis Barthou in Pau, then studied medicine in Bordeaux, where he became a junior doctor in 1983 and specialised in respiratory diseases. Appointed university professor - hospital practitioner in 1996, he became secretary to the French Allergology Society and is involved in European (European Respiratory Society) and American (American Thoracic Society) organizations specialised in respiratory diseases. He is a member of the editorial committees of several international scientific journals and expert adviser to several ministries and research organizations in France and abroad.
Research Director, Immunité et cancer,INSERM
Research Director 2nd class
Degrees - Doctorate from the University of Paris 7 in Human Genetics, Paris, France, 1998 - Master of Human Genetics, University of Paris 7, Paris, France, 1994 - Licenciatura en Ciencias, Mención biologia, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile (Master equivalent), 1993 - BA, series D, Academy of Lyon, France, 1988. Post-doctoral in the laboratory of Hidde Ploegh, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School - Boston, MA, USA, January 1999-June 2002.
Her project, at the junction between immunology, cell biology and biophysics aims to identify the molecular mechanisms involved in the space and time-related control of antigen-presenting cell (APC) function and to assess their impact in vivo on the immune response, in particular in the context of tumor immunity. More specifically, she analyzes the rules and players governing the protein trafficking events associated to antigen (Ag) recognition, processing and presentation as well as to Ag presenting cell (APC) activation and migration.
Radomiro Blas Tomic Errázuriz es un economista, ingeniero, investigador, consultor y político chileno, presidente del Metro de Santiago durante la primera parte de la administración de Michelle Bachelet.
Hijo de Radomiro Tomic Romero, candidato a la Presidencia de la República en 1970, y ahijado de Eduardo Frei Montalva, presidente de Chile de 1964 a 1970. Egresado del colegio Verbo Divino e Ingeniero civil industrial de la Universidad de Chile, Blas Tomic comenzó su carrera profesional en Codelco, empresa que dejó para realizar un doctorado en desarrollo económico en Inglaterra. A su regreso, trabajó en la sede local de las Naciones Unidas y posteriormente en el Banco del Desarrollo. Luego vivió en Washington donde se desempeñó como director del Banco Interamericano del Desarrollo.
De vuelta en Chile, fue director ejecutivo y luego presidente de VTR. Más tarde ocuparía el cargo de presidente del Metro entre abril de 2006 y mayo de 2007.
Dr. Mario Rosemblatt Professor at Universities of Chile and Andres Bello (Santiago, Chile)
Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth Medical School (Lebanon, NH, USA)
Executive Director of Fundación Ciencia para la Vida.
Professor Mario Rosemblatt is a well-known Chilean immunologist. Dr. Rosemblatt was appointment as Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard University (1973), Assistant Professor at Brown University (1976), Invited Professor at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Paris and Investigator of the Association Against Cancer in France (1981). After a successful stay abroad, Dr. Rosemblatt returned to Chile in 1983 and joined the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Chile where he founded one of the leading Chilean research groups in Immunology. He has more than 60 original publications in leading international journals and 10 patent applications. Doctor Rosemblatt was Head Coordinator of the Cell Biology and Cell Physiology Study Section of the Chilean granting agency Fondecyt, Chairman of the Biology Department at the Faculty of Sciences (University of Chile) and Head of the organizing committee and first Director for the career of Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Chile. Doctor Rosemblatt has been advisor to several graduate students, medical trainees and undergraduate students and is highly committed to the training of young immunologists. He has graduate teaching responsibilities in Immunology at the University of Chile, and University Andrés Bello. His most recent research attempts to elucidate the mechanisms that regulate the balance between regulatory and inflammatory T lymphocytes in the gut. His scientific competence and executive abilities have been long recognized by his peers, nominating him to preside over numerous scientific committees and Societies.
Find more in Dr. Rosemblatt's institutional website and in Fundación Ciencia para la vida. Dr. Patrice Vermeren
Dr. Patrice Vermeren is Philosophy professor at University Paris VIII. He is also Executive Director of the French-Argentine Center of Studies of the UBA, and foundational member of the International Philosophy school of Paris. Dr. Vermeren is expert advisor of the General Director for the Division of Philosophy of the Unesco and Special Professor at the University of Chile. Currently he is academic and Director of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, Vincennes Saint-Denis, France, among other positions of academic responsibility.
María José Navarrete Talloni Assistant Professor at Universidad Austral de Chile (Valdivia, Chile)
Veterinarian from the Universidad de Chile with a Masters Degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis and a PhD in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Hannover, Germany. In September 2010, María José came back to Chile as researcher and assistant Professor at Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia. Actually, she is working at the Anatomical Pathology Lab in the Institute of Animal Pathology, developing new research lines and establishing contacts and coloaborations with international centers and universities. María José is part of a 3-year Bicentenario Project that aims to attract young researchers into academia.
"Should I stay or should I go? Ups and downs of returning to your home country after being abroad": My presentation aims to share with the audience some insider tips from a young researcher in academia and her process of returning to Chile. Stories of good and bad experiences that should be taken into account and lead young researchers during the decision process selecting their positions into academia, industry or some new innovative or alternative jobs.
Molly Pollack, MA, PhD (c) Executive Director of ChileGlobal, Fundación Imágen de Chile
Molly is the Executive Director of ChileGlobal, the network for talented innovators of Fundación Imagen de Chile. ChileGlobal promotes and facilitates the development of the Chilean economy through reinforcing the links between Chile and the Chilean talents who reside abroad. Molly is a renowned consultant for governmental and international organisms in the areas of labor economy, competitiveness, productive development, gender and labor market, labor market mobility, training, equity and gender in the health system, microenterprises and poverty, and growth and employment. She has published over 30 articles on these topics in investigations about Chile, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Molly has worked, among others, for the United Nations, the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Labor Organization. Molly studied Commercial Engineering at Universidad de Chile, and Economy at the University of California Los Angeles, USA.
Pablo Valenzuela, Ph.D. Founder and Director of Fundación Ciencia para la Vida
Founder and Senior of Vice-president Emeritus, Chiron Corp
Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Professor at Universidad Andrés Bello
Dr. Valenzuela is known as one of the pioneers of industrial biotechnology. He is best known for his early studies on the molecular genetics of the HBV and later as the developer of the technology for the recombinant hepatitis B vaccine, the world first and largest-selling recombinant vaccine. Also, under his direction, Chiron scientists cloned and sequenced the AIDS virus genome, cloned and sequenced the hepatitis delta genome, discovered the hepatitis C virus, and developed a yeast production system for several key proteins including recombinant human insulin. A native of Chile, Valenzuela earned a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Chile, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University, and did post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 1986 he founded and is currently president of Bios Chile, a Chilean Biotechnology company. He founded and works at the Fundación Ciencia Para La Vida, where he actively promotes science and technology in the Chilean productive sector.
Dr. Valenzuela received the Chilean National Award in Applied and Technological Sciences in 2002 because of is constant contribution and extensive scientific activity.
SESSION 1: Natural Sciences and Renewable Energies
Dr. Gregory Lemkine Doctor in Biological Sciences
Founder and COE of WatchFrog, Paris, France
Dr Gregory Lemkine is the founder and chief executive officer of WatchFrog, a private enterprise that creates and markets innovative solutions for the in vivo detection of a wide range of chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic substances.
Dr. Lemkine has a thorough understanding of the technical, scientific and marketing of biotechnologies and completed a training/action cycle of HEC school of management. Prior to inception of the company, Dr Lemkine was in charge of technology transfer in the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. He holds a PhD in Physiology and has published many articles in international scientific journals.
Dr. Gilles Boeuf Professor of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), he is the current President of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, in Paris.
Dr. Gilles Boeuf is a specialist in environmental physiology and biodiversity. His work has been particularly focused in mechanisms of development, growth and adaptation of fish, including fish physiology and endocrinology, biological basis of aquaculture, marine and continental biodiversity. He has written more than 380 scientific publications and has participated in more than 100 international cooperation missions.
He is member of the Scientific Council of Natural and Biodiversity Patrimony of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transports and Public Housing, member of Scientific Committee of the French Institute of Sea Exploitation Research (IFREMER), member of the Improvement Committee of the Sea Science Center of Monaco. He is President of the Scientific Committee of Agropolis International in Montpellier and President of the Association for the Management of the Massane Natural Reserve (Pyrénées Orientales). He is member of the French Commission in UNESCO.
Dr. Fernando Mönckeberg Barros
1998 National Science Prize of Chile.
2012 National Medical Prize of Chile.
Founder of the Institute for Nutrition and Food Technology of Chile.
Doctor from University of Chile who has studied Biochemistry at Harvard University. He was rewarded with the National Prize of Science in 1998 and built up an impressive career nationally as well as internationally.
Other awards that he has received are the Abraham Horwitz from the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (1979); the Christopherson from American Academy of Paediatrics as “ The Paediatrician of the year” (1985) and the Award of the Association of Scientific-Medical Societies of Chile for his excellence in Medical Science (2000).
He is the founder of the Institute for Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA) and the Child Nutrition Corporation (CONIN) and to this very day he is president of this organization. He is also the outreach director of the Chilean Magazine Creces.cl, as well as Advisor in Scientific Research at Diego Portales University and furthermore he was the founding dean of the Medical Faculty.
His work has been reflected in the Nutritional and epidemiological progress that Chile has experienced over the last 40 years. He has 130 publications in national and international journals, has written over 60 chapters in various scientific texts and published 12 books.
Pr. Jean-Pierre Changeux
Professor, Collège de France
Professor, Institut Pasteur
Prof. Changeux is a French neuroscientist known for his research in structure and function of proteins and the early development of the nervous system up to cognitive functions. A pioneer in the field of molecular biology and of modern neuroscience, Jean-Pierre Changeux has throughout his career combined pioneering biochemical, physiological and behavioral experimentation together with theoretical modeling to bridge the gap between molecular biology, neuroscience and cognitive sciences. In particular, he has contributed knowledge to our understanding of how a specialized group of proteins called “allosteric” proteins modulate brain functions.
Prof. Changeux is member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA and of several foreign academies, and received in particular the Richard Lounsbery prize, the Wolf prize, the Balzan prize, the American Philosophical Society's Karl Spencer Lashley award in neuroscience and the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, among many others.
Dr. Juan A. Asenjo
2004 National Science Prize of Chile
President of the Chilean Academy of Sciences
Professor and Director of the Centre for Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Chile
Juan A. Asenjo is a chemical engineer from the University of Chile and he obtained his PhD from University College London in 1978. He obtained the National Science Prize in 2004 and is President of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. His research work in the Biotechnology field is shown by 185 international scientific publications, 6 international patents and 4 books edited. He has supervised a large number of PhD students (44) in the USA, England and Chile and has had 15 postdoctoral fellows. He was Associate Professor and Director of the Biochemical Engineering Laboratory at Columbia University (New York, 1980-1987) and created such a laboratory in the University of Reading (Reader) in England (1986-1995).
He is a member of the Editorial Committee of 6 international scientific journals in biotechnology and bioengineering. He has been Chairman of several international Congresses (France, England) and of the 12th International Biotechnology Symposium (2004) which is the leading event in the field and it is the only time it has been held in Latinamerica.
His former students are Professors and Researchers in Universities and Research Centres all around the world (Cornell, Iowa State, Rice, University College London, Campinas and IPT, Guanxi Univ., Porto, Foster Wheeler, Smith, Kline Beecham, Amgen, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Wyeth, Procter and Gamble, Novo Nordisk, Antofagasta Univ., La Frontera and U. of Chile).
He is an active member of the Executive Committee of IANAS (InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science) and of the CSPR (Comm. of Scientific Planning) of ICSU (Int. Council for Science) based in Paris and recently was elected to the Executive Committee of IAP (InterAcademy Panel, more than 100 National Science Academies worldwide).
Rolando Chamy is a Biochemical Engineer with a minor in Biochemical Engineering (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso), and has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering of the University of Santiago de Compostela. He is a full professor of the School of Biochemical Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, and hold the professorship of Environmental Engineering, Bioreactors, and Process Calculation.
His main lines of research are biological treatment of solid, liquid and gaseous effluents, environmental biotechnology, renewable energy, climate change, anaerobic digestion and enzyme biotechnology.
He is the author of more than 80 ISI publications, and made more than 300 presentations at national and international conferences. He is also a founding member of the Spanish Society of Biotechnology, Director of the Inter-American Association of Sanitary Engineering (AIDIS), and member of the Board of Anaerobic Digestion Specialist Group, of the International water Association (IWA). He has been a leading researcher, participating within the last 20 years in more than 50 research projects and in 80 consultancy firms.
In 2004, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, where, in addition to his teaching work, was also the Director of the Unit of Technical Assitance of the School of Biochemical Engineering at the same university, a position under which he had the opportunity to advise numerous firms of the environmental area, as well of other areas related to process engineering.
He is currently the Director of the project “Management and Capacity Center for Clean Development Mechanism” and Director of the Biotechnology Core Curauma, which is part of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.
SESSION 4: Economy, Sociology and Public Policies
Dr. Augustin Fosu
Augustin Fosu is Deputy Director, UN University-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland; honorary CSAE Research Associate, University of Oxford; honorary BWPI Research Associate, University of Manchester; and honorary RDRC Research Fellow, University of California-Berkeley. Previous positions include Senior Policy Advisor/Chief Economist, UN Economic Commission for Africa, and Director of Research, African Economic Research Consortium.
He holds a PhD in economics from Northwestern University, USA. He has published widely, with some rankings listing him among the 'top 500 economists' globally. Professor Fosu is co-editor of the Journal of African Economies (Oxford) and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals, including: Feminist Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, World Bank Economic Review, and World Development.
Stephan Klasen is professor of development economics and empirical economic research at the University of Göttingen, where he also heads the Ibero-American Institute. Previously he was professor of economics at the University of Munich as well as a fellow at King's College in Cambridge and an economist at the World Bank in South Africa.
His research interests are in population, labor, welfare, and development economics. He holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Harvard University. His current research interests include an assessment of the relation between labor market events and demographic decisions at the household level, an analysis of the determinants of undernutrition and child mortality in developing countries, the linkages between inequality, growth, and well-being, and the causes and consequences of gender inequality in developing countries.
SESSION 5: Architecture, Urban Studies and Geography
Dr. Adrian Atkinson
Dr Atkinson retired as Professor of Development Planning at Berlin’s Technical University in 2008. Originally trained and practicing as an architect, he subsequently graduated in urban and regional planning with degrees from Princeton University and his doctorate from the London School of Economics.
Since starting his academic and professional life, he has taught, trained and carried out joint research with over 20 universities and academic and training institutions. This has been balanced with project work in over 40 countries including consultancy for international and bilateral agencies, national and local governments and active involvement with civil society organisations.
Starting from architectural practice, his subsequent career in planning covered many dimensions focusing, from the late 1970s, on environmental issues. Since the late 1990s, however, his work has been on local economic development (LED), particularly for the International Labour Organisations (ILO).
Dr Atkinson has published regularly and in recent years focused on the deepening challenges resulting from climate change and especially the consequences of the depletion of fossil fuels expected in the coming decades to change fundamentally the global economic system and the structure and functioning of cities. His emphasis is on the revival of local economies with the decreasing ability of the global economic system to address the needs of the urban poor, in the first instance promoting the spread of urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) to combat growing urban malnutrition.
Marie-Hélène MASSOT Research Director at IFSTTAR
PhD in Transport Economics
PhD in Transport Economics (University of Lyon 2 -1987) and specialist in socio-economics of transport and mobility in the field of urban, she participated in many lessons and conducts research on the relationship between behavior mobility, the structure of communication networks and urban dynamics. She has performed a number of prospective studies on urban mobility. In the 1990s she led monitoring and evaluation of Praxiteles, testing of a system of electric cars, self-service on the new town of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (15 stations and 50 vehicles).
Deputy Director of the Laboratory mobilities City Transport (LVMT), and Research Director, she leads in this laboratory a team of twenty researchers around a research program titled "MOBILITY and METROPOLISATION".
Dr. Francesc Pedró
Head of the UNESCO education policy advice group.
Dr. Francesc Pedró joined UNESCO as head of sector policy advice in education in 2010. At UNESCO he leads the work on policy analysis and reviews, the right to education on ICT in education. Prior to that was senior policy analyst at the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) in Paris (France). He acted there as the principal administrator of the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS, www.oecd.org/talis) which investigates teachers and the conditions of teaching in OECD countries from a comparative perspective. Prior to this assignment he was the director of New Millennium Learners Project (www.oecd.org/edu/nml). He was also in charge of the reviews of educational R&D in OECD countries and of a project on Systemic Innovation in Education, which includes one strand on vocational education and training and another on digital learning resources.
Francesc (born in Barcelona in 1960) got his MEd degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a PhD in Comparative Education from UNED (Madrid). Later he did a postdoc in Comparative Education at the University of London Institute of Education. Francesc was formerly professor of comparative education and public policy at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and academic director of its program for educational quality. Prior to that, he acted as pro-vicechancellor of educational research and innovation at the Open University of Catalonia (Barcelona), the first Internet-based European public university.
His most recent publications are: Are the New Millennium Learners Making the Grade? Technology Use and Educational Performance in PISA (OECD, 2010), and Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy (OECD, 2010).
Find more in Dr. Pedró's online profileProf. David Buckingham
David Buckingham is Professor of Media and Communication at Loughborough University, UK. Until recently, he was Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, London University, where he founded and directed the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media
His research focuses on children’s and young people’s interactions with electronic media, and on media education. He is currently directing a project on learning progression in media education; and has recently completed projects on childhood, ‘sexualisation’ and consumer culture, and on young people, the internet and civic participation. He recently led an independent assessment for the UK government on ‘the impact of the commercial world on children’s well-being’. He has lectured in more than 30 countries around the world, and his work has been published in over 15 languages. He is the author, co-author or editor of 27 books, including most recently Beyond Technology (2007), Youth, Identity and Digital Media (2008) and Video Cultures: Media Technology and Amateur Creativity (2009). His latest book ‘The Material Child: Growing Up in Consumer Culture’ was published by Polity Press in Summer 2011.
SESSION 7: Information Technologies and Engineering
Professor University of Chile
The National Prize in Exact Sciences of Chile (2011)
Professor Felmer is a Mathematical Engineer from the University of Chile and he holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He has been Director of the Mathematical Engineering Department (1999-2001), Member of Fondecyt Science Superior Council (2002-2005) and he is a Corresponding Member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. Professor Felmer has made important scientific contributions in the area of Partial Differential Equations and Nonlinear Analysis. Along his career he has directed more than 10 theses in Mathematics, both graduate and undergraduate. During the last 10 years Professor Felmer has devoted important efforts to the improvement of the education in Chile, focusing on the formation of mathematics teachers at elementary and secondary level. He was distinguished with the TWAS-ROLAC Prize in Science Education (2011), the TWAS Prize in Mathematics (2011) and the National Prize in Exact Sciences of Chile (2011)