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CECs, Centro de Estudios Científicos (Center for Scientific Studies) is a private, non-profit corporation, devoted to the development, promotion and diffusion of scientific research. CECs was founded in 1984 as the Center for Scientific Studies of Santiago and has since been directed by physicist Claudio Bunster.

“If you plan to make a voyage of discovery, choose a ship of small draught”
Captain James Cook rejecting the large ships offered by the Admiralty for the search of a new continent.
 
Coloquios
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Coloquios 2011
 18-10-2011 Neurobiology of song and spatial learning in birds, and why it matters to us.Timothy DeVoogd. Department of Psychology and Field of Neurobiology and Behavior. Fellow for International Education. Cornell University. USA.
 19-05-2011 Dynamics and Combinatorics.Alejandro Maass.Departamento de Ingeniería Matemática y Centro de Modelamiento Matemático (UChile-CNRS) Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile. Santiago. Chile.
 14-04-2011 Crusades in a Microscopic World: Immune Shields for Virulent Microbes. Dr. Alexis Kalergis.Departamento de Genética Molecular y Microbiología Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.Santiago.Chile.
 03-03-2011 Climate change-Perspective, reality and the future. Dr. Paul Mayewski.Director,Climate Change Institute, the University of Maine, USA.