The first official CSIRO Chile Board of Directors Meeting took place Nov 26

Dr Terry Cutler led the first official CSIRO Chile Board of Directors Meeting since the recent creation of the CSIRO Chile Research Foundation. The Foundation is now legally incorporated and fully activated and mobilized for action.

CSIRO Chile Research Foundation Inaugural Board Meeting

The Board comprises Dr Terry Cutler (President), Dr Andrew Johnson (Vice President), Rodney Bloom (Treasurer), Jonathan Law (Secretary), Dr Alejandro Foxley, Director of CIEPLAN and Crispin Conroy, the Senior Trade Commissioner for Latin America and Consul General in Colombia. Andrew Johnson and Rodney Bloom are Executive Directors at CSIRO, for Environment and Development respectively, while Jonathan Law is the Flagship Director of CSIRO research throughout the minerals value chain.

“We now have the operating vehicle to carry out our ambitious plans for research and development in the mining sector, and beyond this into areas like energy and water”, said Dr Cutler. “In addition, we have attracted a world class Board of Directors with diverse backgrounds and experience, who are joining their efforts to the common purpose of accelerating innovation within Chile as well as galvanizing greater bilateral collaboration and relationships between Chile and Australia”.

The Board discussed the governance framework of the Foundation as well as the way in which it will engage with diverse stakeholders. It was noted that the Board would establish Industry and Research Advisory Councils to ensure that the Foundation’s R&D be of the highest level as well as industry-relevant.

A major agenda item was the consideration of the draft report of a significant research study into future scenarios for the mining industry in Chile. James Deverell of the CSIRO Futures Group and Enrique Aravena of CSIRO Chile presented this joint effort to determine the global megatrends in mining and their implications for Chile as well as the drivers, challenges and opportunities for national development in contrasting scenarios to 2030. The Board discussed the various ways in which the study could be used to support national discussions around this important strategic issue.

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