Ingrid Jamett, academic at the Universidad de Antofagasta and director of CircularTec, and Bárbara Torres, director of Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Universidad Católica del Norte, participated in a new chapter of "Circular Podcast", the new communication strategy of the Technological Center for Circular Economy; "The role of academia in the transition to the circular economy", was the topic that brought together both representatives.

"From the academy a bet is made to build and shape the circular economy center, that is the basis, it was the first fundamental step. We know that this topic is relevant, therefore the infrastructure was put in place and with that, labor must be put in place. The first thing was to accept the leadership. And what we do in the center is to position the issues and from the academy we want to integrate new processes, to be able to propose new ways of recycling, integration. This is a key role for universities because not only do we train professionals, but we also do research," commented Bárbara Torres.

Ingrid Jamett made an analysis of the reality in the use of related concepts and assured that "it is challenging, they are concepts that are not yet well coined, therefore transferring them to the academy, the rigor is a little more demanding in the sense of formalizing these concepts in lines and results of learning and competencies, it will be a longer road. What we have to achieve is to be able to give strength to this, enabling instances in which our students can participate in these terms. Now intervening in a subject is more complex, but we can contribute with undergraduate theses or graduate students", he added.

The representatives also referred to the contribution made by academia to ensure that the circular economy is inserted in public policies.

"Research is key and for that there are financing funds from the State to advance, but research is not enough. Today there has to be an active role from the universities to be able to position the issue and have technicians and generate public policies. We have to push it strongly," Torres commented.

For his part, Jamett argued that "there is a problem to address that has to do with the ensemble. We are very stereotyped in saying that from research and academia it is a very specific language and the conversation is closed. The important thing is to know how this topic is discussed, what are the parameters used in baseline, to have vocabulary, concepts and that we can understand each other".

If you want to know more about this conversation, we invite you to listen to the following link.

https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/circular-podcast/episodes/En-el-quinto-episodio-y-con-el-escenario-de-Exponor–nos-reunimos-con-el-mundo-acadmico-e2khr7n