Students and academics from Tsinghua University learned about part of the research work carried out in the marine ecosystems of the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica region.

As an activity to strengthen scientific synergy with research centers and universities, the Center for Dynamic Research of High Latitude Marine Ecosystems (IDEAL) of the Austral University of Chile (UACh) received a visit from the delegation of students and academics from the Zhili College, Tsinghua University, China.

During the day, the students—who are on a study trip around the country, focused on issues of ecological conservation and green development—learned directly about the research work carried out by the center in the southern region of Chile.

“We know that the IDEAL Center is a well-known research institute that carries out numerous national research projects and has made outstanding contributions to the protection of the marine ecosystem in Chile and the world,” explained Dr. Chen Gong, professor at the School of Life Sciences of Tsinghua University.

The director of the IDEAL Center and academic of the Institute of Marine and Limnological Sciences of the UACh, Dr. Humberto González, highlighted that “this meeting was very positive for the training of future scientists. Strengthening collaborative ties allows us to be aware that both young researchers from China and Chile must have strong commitments to environmental protection. It became clear that we do not have planet B.”

“It was very gratifying that Dr. Chen Gong contacted the IDEAL Center directly because of its achievements and presence in sub-Antarctic and Antarctic studies. The delegation of 14 people that we received from China showed us a powerful generation of students from different scientific disciplines with a sensitive and genuine interest in contributing new research and actions that mitigate climate change, which is in accordance with the guidelines of our center,” added Dr. Hugo Silva, administrator of the IDEAL Center.