Darwin's legacy, towards the creation of a think-pro-study centre on the contribution of the English naturalist in his time in Magellan

Magellan University And University of Chile

Both state campuses work on an agenda 2020-2021 to carry out cultural and scientific outreach actions that are intended to be the prelay to the creation of the aforementioned centre, also in which the Natural History Museum of Rio Seco will also collaborate

Magellan is defined as the "hot spot" of living Darwinism, especially when it comes to their passage through Chilean territory, the explorations he did and the background and samples he collected and that they contributed, No doubt, to his famous Theory of Evolution.

This led to the idea of laying the groundwork for creating a "Unit for Recognition, I am a student, teaching and disseminating Charles Darwin's legacy and the theories of evolution at the Cape Horn Sub-Antarctic Center at the University of Magellan (UR-Darwin)"".

To bring to life such an ambitious project the University of Magallanes and the University of Chile decided last year to sign a specific collaboration agreement aimed at developing joint projects in order to promote strategies of scientific cooperation, Technological, educational and culturally spreading Charles Darwin's legacy and theories of evolution.

This agreement is part of a larger agreement supported by both houses of higher education since 2001.

To fine-tune details of the new understanding, the rector of the Umag, Juan Oyarzo, held a meeting with academics Germán Manríquez, scientific director of the project "Darwin in Chile. U's Immersive Museum of Evolution. of Chile; and Marcelo Mayorga, researcher at the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences of the University of Magellan, Who, Currently, coordinate the project, seeking to join different disciplines of the social and exact sciences and, Also, add the contribution of other entities linked to the subject of naturalism and evolution, such as the Natural History Museum of Rio Seco, who was also present at the meeting through one of its founders, Miguel Cáceres.

"It's about talking about Darwin, about Darwin, under Darwin's pretext for dialogue on evolution today, And in that, the region and the University of Magellan are key, are partners, irreplaceable collaborators and peers in this work. Magellan, in that sense, is the hot spot of Darwinism in life, because he was only here and good in Valparaiso, Santiago, as part of Fitz Roy's journey, but the passage here was something important and different", commented the representative of the U. Chile when referring to this collaborative work.

Dr. Marcelo Mayorga, as long as, Emphasized: "We here, at the University of Magellan, we're within the territory that Darwin visited, Patagonia, further south, not just the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle and Chiloé channel that, somehow, we're connected to that geographic area, so, from that point of view, the university has a lot to say, not just because of the location, but also because within the University are topics that are being addressed from different disciplines".

Planning for this year

The social mobilizations that began at the end of last year somewhat delayed the work committed to, but this was no obstacle to the forming of the academic teams of both institutions and that an agenda for the period was devised 2020-2021, which relates to outreach activities where the participation of the university and regional community is contemplated.

For the first period, the conference was scheduled "Contribution of Geometric Morphometry to the Darwinian Classification of Natural Systems", man in charge of Manríquez himself, which will be available in audiovisual format on the Umag TV channel and in the U networked audiovisual repository. of Chile. There is also a view, a videconference on 3D Prototyping Planning, who will collectively dictate the FabLab of the U. of Chile, the Umag Virtual Development Unit and the Rio Seco Natural History Museum which features 3D models of cetaceans and seabirds deposited in its collection.

"The emphasis is to have a very active collaboration with the University of Magellan because we believe that we should share this opportunity to generate a 21st century museum with virtual material, with prototyping, with models that can be moved by remote means without having to materialize it in Santiago and bring it in but can be done in FabLab, or other, more technological avenues", explained the academic of the U. of Chile.

Subsequently, in the second semester, the project team estimates to launch, from the publishers of both universities, the publication "Biocenic Records: approximations to 500 years of imagination in the world", an idea that was born from a seminar carried out in 2018 and who called for writing about the meaning of the first round the world from an environmental perspective; and culture and heritage today.

At this stage, will continue the initiative on prototyping 3D through scientific-artistic workshops aimed at schoolchildren in the computer labs of the Umag. The idea is to see and experience this work on fine wolf and common wolf skulls scanned in the Dry River MHN from osteological material from Magellan marine fauna.

Finally, propose a collaboration in the field of research, the creation and production of audiovisual content using immersive and interactive technologies. Here, the ultimate goal is to be able to rebuild, in virtual reality, the journey of two sea expeditions through the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego, piloted respectively by Hernando de Magallanes (in the 16th century) and by Charles Darwin (in the 19th century) and thus build, a narrative simulation of these maritime voyages in the southern zone.

"Our goal is to continue to have these active meetings of our teams in order to propose new collaborative processes through projects that can be, even compete", said Mayorga. "Everything," he added- to form a study group and lay the groundwork for the creation of a centre on Darwin's legacy at the Sub-Antarctic Center of magellan University. In fact, Currently, Umag has a number of collections in different scientific disciplines, many of which, can be studied from the updated vision we seek to relieve from naturalist Charles Darwin".

Fuente: laprensaaustral.cl