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President Piñera inaugurates Congreso Futuro: “This is a tremendous opportunity and a great source of inspiration”.

The President highlighted the role that Chile is playing in major global discussions and highlighted the importance of discussing the challenges and changes of the future.

On Monday, President Sebastián Piñera attended the inaugural session of Congreso Futuro, during which he noted the importance of discussing the challenges that Chile and the international community must face in the new society of knowledge and information.

“The fact that such illustrious and talented scientists, thinkers and humanists come together once a year in our country and in various regions is undoubtedly a tremendous opportunity and a great source of inspiration and satisfaction”, the President said in the former National Congress building, where he was accompanied by Science Minister, Andrés Couve.

Since 2011, Congreso Futuro has gained a reputation as an emblematic event in Latin America, showcasing the challenges associated with the perspectives of humanity and the planet.

“Chile is demonstrating leadership and a capacity to inspire and anticipate what the rest of the countries are doing”, the President said. Piñera went on to praise the work that Chile is doing with an eye to the future, including protecting Antarctica and oceans, eliminating the use of plastic bags and developing renewable energy.

The conference will feature over 110 Chilean and international speakers including Brian Schmidt, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (2011); Bruce Beutler, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine (2011); Serge Haroche, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (2012); and Michael Kosterlitz, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (2016).

"Today one needs intelligence and skill to adapt to change, which is the only constant in the world and is speeding up every day”, the President said.

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