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.


José Luis Melo

Chief Executive Manager

Fernando Basilio

Architect in Residence

Alejandro González

Chief Financial Officer

Felipe Amtmann

Chief Project Officer

Claudio Rutllant

Chief Communications Officer

Alexis Rebolledo
Science Writer and Curator

Carlos Tapia

Chief Legal Officer

Patricio Peignan
Sandra Quijón
Assistant Accountant
Jaime Sepúlveda
Accountant Support
Maritza Tripailaf
Accountant Support
Marco A. Pinochet
Building Superintendent
Yenifher Haverbeck
Outreach Assistant
M. Angélica Treimún
IT Support
Alejandro Belmar


Loreto Fernández
Claudia Flores
Patricia Fernandoy


Administrative Support Personnel
Luis Moraga