Fraunhofer Chile holds its second 2019 Board of Directors

November 18, 2019

The Board Director, Johann Feckl, highlighted the optimism with which he sees the achievements made, while the interventions included the role of the foundation in the reality that the country lives today.

The second 2019 directory of Fraunhofer Chile Research and the 30th since the creation of this applied research center was held today in Santiago in an appointment with face-to-face participation in Chile and at videoconference from Germany.

The meeting was led from Germany by the chairman of the Board, Johann Feckl, who opened his speech stressing that "there is much work to be done, but we are on the right track”.

Referring to the objectives set in the Board of Directors held last May in Germany, he stressed that "I am optimistic and I thank everyone for the hard work done to achieve the goals that we are seeing today”.

Also participating in the meeting were the Vice President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Cornelia Sonnenberg, and Directors Fernando Fischmann, Bernardo Larraín, Francisca Castro and Dirk Prüfer. Harald Mann did so from Germany, while Directors Hans-Martin Henning and Iván Vera could not be present.

The activity had as guests the general manager of Fraunhofer Chile and director of its Center for Systems Biotechnology, Pilar Parada; the director of the Center for Solar Energy Technologies, Frank Dinter; the director of Administration and Finance of Fraunhofer Chile, Cristian Puentes, and José Antonio Velasco, lawyer of the office Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana.

Also present in Santiago were Torsten Nyncke, director of the area of Institutions and Foreign Representations Affiliated to Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Andrea Mandalka, in charge of Affiliated Institutions in Latin America. Birgit Orthen, from the Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) and, from Germany, Werner Platzer, from the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems (ISE) participated on behalf of the sponsoring institutes of the Fraunhofer centres in Chile

Stephanie Jung, from Affiliated Institutions and Foreign Representations; Isabelle Père, from the Legal Department, and Carolin Bärhausen, from the Financial Control Department of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, also joined by videoconference. 

Support for SMEs

Before presenting her report and Action Plan 2019, Pilar Parada, general manager, gave a vision of the social explosion that the country has experienced in the last month and a half, its effects on the political and economic situation, and the way this has affected Fraunhofer Chile's workers and the activities of the foundation.

As a way of contributing from Fraunhofer Chile to these challenges in accordance with current country priorities, Pilar Parada pointed out the interest in focusing on SMEs, as Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft did in the past to contribute to the growth of this productive sector by incorporating new technologies.

"We want to strengthen that vision and position ourselves as good partners to help Corfo in that reconstruction," said the general manager of Fraunhofer Chile.

Then, as director of the Center for Systems Biotechnology, she announced the Continuity Plan of this center beyond 2020 and the state of progress of the licensing of the wine clarifier PANI-EB and the constitution process of the spin-off Envirotek, which will offer a service to capture waste from salmon farming.

For his part, Frank Dinter, director of  the Center for Solar Energy Technologies, announced the state of progress of some projects, including acquisition activities and the application process to develop the future Chilean Institute of Clean Technologies, in whose bid Fraunhofer Chile has already moved to the second stage, after applying with CSIRO and the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems-ISE.

Tomorrow the activities of the Biotechnology Center for Systems will continue with a meeting at Corfo’s offices and the annual Scientific Advisory Board meeting.