"To promote everything that has to do with technology transfer and entrepreneurship with a focus on circular economy."

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Rodrigo Morgado is a member of CircularTec's board of directors.

Rodrigo Morgado is an engineer in R&D Projects at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, director of the technological management area of the university and is a member of CircularTec's board of directors.

For the director, the management that the Circular Economy Technology Center will develop will be key in training professionals and future experts in the understanding and operation of the circularity model. "CircularTec is an important contribution both in public policies and in the technological development of private businesses. The role will be to disseminate and make known the meaning of what the circular economy is and how it is applied, since there is a lack of knowledge in application and practice. There is still a long way to go and a major challenge remains the training of the various actors in society. Another challenge in the medium term is to promote everything that has to do with technology transfer and entrepreneurship with a focus on circular economy, which will be very relevant", he said. For Morgado, one of the most effective ways of massifying the circular model is through education. "If we train our academics we will be on the one hand strengthening the research projects that academics develop, but also transferring that knowledge to their students. Teaching becomes a fundamental contribution because the students are then positioned in different companies and take this concept to the industry; this cycle will be important," he commented.

The engineer is currently in charge of the technology management area at the Universidad de Santiago and explained how it works in the three areas, "we support all the researchers who develop their line of applied research, generally with companies. We support the raising of public and private resources so that the researchers' projects are awarded. These results are mainly of technology and are protected by intellectual property, which is the second area of the management. And the third area supports the negotiation process with third parties and generates association contracts or technology transfers, i.e. confidentiality agreements for material transfer, project execution agreements, etc.", he explained.

Finally, the research and development expert added that "in all the projects we manage, we ensure that there is a focus on sustainable development, circular economy and gender equity. It is essential that the projects have a positive environmental impact approach, therefore, the role played by CircularTec in terms of dissemination and training is very important for our academics and academies to internalize the theory and apply it in practice, that is to say, to bring the circular economy into research, that is the main challenge".