From January 26-28, the Millennium Institute of Oceanography (IMO) held its traditional annual meeting, at which its members presented the work they had carried out during the previous year. This time, Salto del Laja was the place chosen for IMO directors, researchers, students, and Outreach and Administration team members to evaluate the work done in 2016.
On the first day, Thursday January 26, IMO undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students presented posters on their research projects. This poster session was an opportunity for students to communicate the results of their research and contribution to science. On the second day, the members of the Institute, including its directors, researchers and postdocs, communicated the important scientific advances they made in 2016.
In addition, the winners of the poster and photography contest were announced during the event: Francisca Olivares (undergraduate student), Darinka Pecarevic (master’s student) and Lorena Arías (technician) received prices for their posters, and Leissing Frederick (master's student) for her photography.
The meeting closed with a summing up by IMO’s director Dr. Osvaldo Ulloa, who evaluated the event and the research of IMO members positively. He also emphasized the importance of the work of young people. "I think we are doing a great job, especially with young people. I am impressed by their strength and research. It’s extremely comforting to see their motivation. The idea is to ask ourselves more questions and take on new challenges to keep moving forward,” he said.
It should be noted that there were several milestones for IMO in 2016, for example, its participation in two expeditions: MOPEX, where samples at a depth of 5000 meters were collected, and CIMAR 22, as well as its various Outreach projects, which have reached not only people in the Biobío Region, but also in the Antofagasta, Valparaíso and Magallanes regions. The idea is to keep on this path in 2017, "Year of the Oceans".