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MEETINGS

Margarita Island – June 2007

IANAS held its First Conference and Second General Assembly in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on June 7-9 of 2007. Hosted by the Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences of Venezuela, these two meetings represented a good opportunity for the IANAS member Academies to discuss regional S&T capacity building, the role of the Academies and the actions of IANAS in the past three years.

 

The conference was held on June 7-8 and focused on "Strengthening S&T in the Americas: A Tool for Development, Social Inclusion and Democracy". After the Opening Session, where the president of the host Academy and the IANAS co-chairs welcomed participants, Mary Kalin Arroyo, from the Chilean Academy of Sciences, delivered a Keynote Conference on “Science, Participation and Democracy: Reflections from the South”. In sequence, Simon Schwartzman (Brazil), Ana Fanelli (Argentina) and Andrés Bernasconi (Chile) participated in a round-table on “The Leading Universities in Latin America and their Contribution to Development”, presenting the conclusions of a study funded by the Ford Foundation and jointly developed by IANAS and IETS. After a break for lunch, representatives from ICSU (José Antonio de la Peña, Mexico), TWAS (Carlos Augusto di Prisco, Venezuela), IAP (Howard Alper, Canada) and the Caribbean Scientific Union (Sergio Pastrana, Cuba) participated in a session on “Strengthening S&T in the Americas: Views and Perspectives”. The first day of the conference came to an end with a session on “Water for the Americas: Access, Management and Social Justice), where José Galizia Tundisi (Brazil) and Blanca Jiménez (Mexico) discussed the IANAS Water Program.

The morning of the second day was devoted to the discussion of the other two IANAS programs. Michael Clegg (USA) delivered a presentation on “Capacity Building for Academies in the Americas: Insights from the IAP Strategic Plan”. Following the discussion on the capacity building program, José Lozano (Colombia), Claudio Bifano (Venezuela), Jorge Almeida Guimarães (Brazil) and Carlos Bosch participated in a roundtable on “Science Education in the Americas: Views and Challenges”. After the discussion of the science education program, a session on “S,T&I Policies in the Americas: Research for Development” was held, with Richard Isnor (IDRC, Canada), Juan Carlos Romero Hicks (CONACYT, Mexico) and Gabriel Macaya (representing the CONICIT, Costa Rica) bringing to debate the view of their organizations. The conference closed with a rich discussion on “The Role of IANAS in Strengthening S&T in the Americas”, coordinated by the IANAS co-chairs.

The IANAS General Assembly was held on June 9. After the opening ceremony, each of the seventeen IANAS member Academies delivered a presentation on the actions of each of them over the last three years, on the session “Benchmarking the Last Three Years: Achievements and Challenges”. In the afternoon, representatives from four countries that do not have a Science Academy were invited to deliver presentations on the state of the art of the level of organization of their respective scientific communities: Oris Sanjur (President of the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Sciences); Jorge Huete-Pérez (Vice-President of the Nicaraguan Society for Science); Maximo Drets (Emeritus Professor of the Clemente Estable Institute of Biological Investigation, Uruguay); and Fritz Deshommes (Research Provost of the State University of Haiti). In sequence, the co-chairs presented a report on “Three Years of IANAS: The Road Since 2004 and the Way Ahead”, which was unanimously approved. The discussion of the new IANAS Statutes was the next issue in the agenda. After the presentation and discussion of the proposal drafted by the Statutes Committee, which had previously been circulated to Academies, the new statutes was unanimously approved. The General Assembly came to an end with the election of the new co-chairs, Hernan Chaimovich (Brazil) and Juan Pedro Laclette (Mexico) and Executive Board (Argentina, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, USA, and Venezuela). The Academies also decided that the next General Assembly will be held in Canada in 2010.

For further information on the IANAS Conference and General Assembly, visit the links below.


Conference Programme

Strengthening S&T in the Americas:
A Tool for Development, Social Inclusion and Democracy
Margarita Island, Venezuela

 

June 7-8th, 2007
CONFERENCE AGENDA

June, 7th
Opening Ceremony

09:00 – 09:50 Welcome Address
• Claudio Bifano; President of the Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences of Venezuela
• Hernan Chaimovich; IANAS Co-Chair
• Howard Alper; IANAS Co-Chair

Keynote Conference

09:50 – 10:30 - Science, Participation and Democracy: Reflections from the South”
Chair: Juan A. Asenjo
• Mary Kalin Arroyo, Chilean Academy of Sciences

10:30 – 10:50 - Coffee Break

Session 1 “Bridging Science and Society: Local Experiences”

10:50 – 12:20 - The Leading Universities in Latin America and their Contribution to 
Development: Case Studies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico
Chair: Hernan Chaimovich
• Simon Schwartzman (IETS/Brazil, coordinator)
• Ana García de Fanelli (CONICET-CEDES/Argentina)
• Andrés Bernasconi (Universidad Andrés Bello/Chile)

12:20 – 14:20 - Lunch

Session 2 “Strengthening S&T in the Americas: Views and Perspectives”

14:20 – 16:20 
Chair: Claudio Bifano
• ICSU – Jose Antonio de La Peña; 
• TWAS - Carlos Augusto Di Prisco;
• IAP - Howard Alper; 
• CCC - Sergio Jorge Pastrana

16:20 – 16:40 - Coffee Break

Session 3 “Water for the Americas: Access, Management and Social Justice” 

16:40 – 18:00 
Chair: María del Carmen Samayoa
• José Tundisi, Brazilian Academy of Sciences
• Blanca Jiménez, Mexican Academy of Sciences

June, 8th
Session 4 “Capacity Building for Academies in the Americas: Insights from the IAP 
Strategic Plan”

09:00 – 10:30 
Chair: Howard Alper
• Michael Clegg, National Academy of Sciences - USA

10:30 – 10:50 - Coffee Break

Session 5 “Science Education in the Americas: Views and Challenges”

10:50 – 12:20 
Chair: Patricia Demers
• José Lozano, Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences;
• Claudio Bifano, Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences of 
Venezuela; 
• Jorge Almeida Guimarães, Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and 
Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES), Brazil; 
• Carlos Bosch, Mexican Academy of Sciences

12:20 – 14:20 - Lunch

Session 6 “S,T&I Policies in the Americas: Research for Development”

14:20 – 15:50 
Chair: Jorge Crisci
• IDRC - Richard Isnor; 
• CONACYT-Mx - Juan Carlos Romero Hicks; 
• CONICIT - Costa Rica – Gabriel Macaya

Session 8 “The Role of IANAS in Strengthening S&T in the Americas”

15:50 – 17:20 
• Hernan Chaimovich, Brazilian Academy of Sciences 
• Howard Alper, The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada

Discussion with participants, led by Co-Chairs


General Assembly Programme

InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS)

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007

 

June 9th, 2007

 

Opening Ceremony

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome Address
• Claudio Bifano; President of the Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences of Venezuela
• Hernan Chaimovich; IANAS Co-Chair
• Howard Alper; IANAS Co-Chair

 

Benchmarking the last three years: Achievements and Challenges 

09:10 – 09:20 
Latin American Academy of Sciences (Guillermo Whittembury, Co-Chancellor)

09:20 – 09:30
National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Argentina (Jorge Crisci, representative)

 

09:30 – 09:40
National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia (Luis Alberto Rodrigo Gainza, President)

 

09:40 – 09:50
Brazilian Academy of Sciences (Hernan Chaimovich, Vice-President)

 

09:50 – 10:00
Caribbean Academy of Sciences (Tara Dasgupta, President)

 

10:00 – 10:10
The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (Patricia Demers, President)

 

10:10 – 10:20
Caribbean Scientific Union (Sergio Jorge Pastrana, President)

 

10:20 – 10:30
Chilean Academy of Sciences (Juan A. Asenjo, Vice-President)

 

10:30 – 10:40
Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences (Jaime Rodríguez-Lara, President)

 

 

 

10:40 – 11:00     Coffee Break

 

Benchmarking the last three years: Achievements and Challenges

11:00 – 11:10 
National Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica (Gabriel Macaya, President)

11:10 – 11:20 
Cuban Academy of Sciences (Ismael Clark Arxer, President)

11:20 – 11:30 
Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic (Nelson Moreno-Ceballos, President)

11:30 – 11:40 
Academy of Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Guatemala (María del Carmen Samayoa, President)

11:40 – 11:50 
Mexican Academy of Sciences (Juan Pedro Laclette, President)

11:50 – 12:00 
National Academy of Sciences of Peru (Alberto Giesecke Matto, President)

12:00 – 12:10 
National Academy of Sciences (USA) (Michael Clegg, Foreign Secretary)

12:10 – 12:20 
Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences of Venezuela (Claudio Bifano, President)


12:20 – 14:20     Lunch


Organizing National Scientific Communities

14:20 – 14:30 
Panama (Oris Sanjur, President, Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC))

14:30 – 14:40 
Nicaragua (Jorge A. Huete-Pérez, Vice-President, Nicaraguan Society for Science)

14:40 – 14:50 
Uruguay (Maximo E. Drets, Emeritus Professor, Clemente Estable Institute of Biological Investigation)

14:50 – 15:00 
Haiti (Fritz Deshommes, Research Provost, State University of Haiti)

15:00 – 15:10 
Discussion


Three Years of IANAS: The Road since 2004 and the Way Ahead

15:10 – 15:50 
Report from the Co-chairs:
- Hernan Chaimovich;
- Howard Alper;

- Discussion


Statutes

16:10 – 17:10 
- Report from the Statutes Evaluation Committee

- Discussion


Elections

17:10 – 18:10 
Election of the Co-chairs
Definition of the host Academy to IANAS GA 2010
Election of the Executive Board


Other Business and Matters Arising

18:10 – 19:00 
Definition of new IANAS Programs
Other Issues


 

List of Participants

 

Argentina

 

Ana María García de Fanelli
Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES)
Sánchez de Bustamante 27 (C1173AAA) 
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel/Fax: 54 (11) 4865-1707/04/12
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Jorge Crisci 
Academia Nacional de Ciências Exactas, Físicas e Naturais - Argentina
Avda. Alvear 1711, 4° piso, 1014 
Buenos Aires
Argentina 
Tel: +54 11 4811 2998 
Fax: +54 11 4811 6951 
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Bolivia

 

Luis Alberto Rodrigo Gainza
Presidente
Academia Nacional de Ciências da Bolívia
Av. 16 de Julio, Nº 1732
P.O. Box 5829
La Paz
Bolivia 
Tel: +591 2 236 3990 / 231 6776 
Fax: +591 2 237 9681 
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Brazil

 

Hernan Chaimovich
Co-Presidente da IANAS
Vice-Presidente
Academia Brasileira de Ciências 
Universidade de São Paulo Instituto de Química/Dep. Bioquímica
Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 748 - Bloco 10t CEP: 05508-000 São Paulo, SP
Brazil 
Tel: +55 3091-2177
Fax: +55 3815-5579
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Jorge Almeida Guimarães 
Presidente
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Ministério da Educação - Anexos I e II - 2º andar - 70359-970 - Brasília, DF - Caixa Postal 365
Brasil
Tel: +55 61 21048873 
Fax: +55 61 21049983 
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José Galizia Tundisi 
Instituto Internacional de Ecologia – IIE
Rua Bento Carlos, 750
Centro - 13560-660 
São Carlos, SP 
Brasil 
Tel: +55 16 3371-5726
Fax: +55 16 33715726
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Marcos Cortesão Barnsley Scheuenstuhl 
Secretário Executivo - IANAS 
Assessor para Assuntos Internacionais Academia Brasileira de Ciências (ABC)
Rua Anfilófio de Carvalho, 29/3º
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 
Brasil CEP 20030-060
Tel: +55 21 3907 8127
Fax: +55 21 3907 8101
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Paula Dorothea Melcop
Academia Brasileira de Ciências (ABC) USP/Instituto de Química
Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 748 - Bloco 10t São Paulo, SP Brasil CEP 05508-000
Tel: +55 11 3091-3810 ext. 229
Fax: +55 11 3815-5579
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Simon Schwartzman 
Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade (IETS) 
Praia do Flamengo 100, Cobertura
Flamengo
22210-030 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ 
Brasil 
Tel: 55-21-3235-6315
Fax: 55-21-3235-6315
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Canada

 

Howard Alper 
Co-Presidente da IANAS Secretário de Relações Exteriores RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada 
Professor, Dept. of Chemistry
Pró-Reitor de Pesquisa, Univ. of Ottawa
10 Marie Curie
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
K1N 6N5
Tel: 613-562-5189 
Fax: 613-562-5871
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Patricia Demers 
Presidente
Academias de Artes, Humanidades e Ciências do Canadá 
Department of English
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada
T6G 2E5 
Tel: 780-492-7817
Fax: 780-492-8142
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Richard Isnor
Diretor
Innovation, Policy and Science (IPS)
Program and Partnership Branch
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
250 Albert Street
PO Box 8500
Ottawa, Canada K1G 3H9
Tel: 613-236-6163 (2004)
Fax: 613-567-7748
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Chile

 

Andrés Bernasconi R.
Vice-Reitor de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação Universidad Andrés Bello 
Av. República, 252
Santiago, Chile 
Tel: (56 2) 661-8443
Fax: (56 2) 695-5737
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Juan A. Asenjo
Vice-Presidente 
Academia Chilena de Ciências
Professor 
Centre for Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
University of Chile
Beauchef 861
Santiago, Chile
Tel: 56-2-978 4723/4288
Fax: 56-2-699 1084
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Mary Therese Kalin Arroyo 
Diretora 
Departamento de Ciências Ecológicas
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidad de Chile
Casilla 653, Santiago, Chile 
Tel: 56 (2) 2715464
Fax: 56 (2) 271-2983
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Colombia

 

Jaime Rodríguez-Lara
Presidente
Academia Colombiana de Ciências Exatas, Físicas e Naturais
Transversal 27, no. 39A-63
Apartado Aéreo No. 44763 
Bogotá D. E.
Colombia 
Tel: (57-1) 2443186
Fax: (57-1) 2683290
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José Lozano 
Secretário Geral 
Academia Colombiana de Ciências Exatas, Físicas e Naturais 
TV 27 No. 39A-63
Bogotá D.E. 
Colombia 
Tel: 571-2443186;571-2683290 
Fax: 571-2443186;571-2683290
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Costa Rica

 

Gabriel Macaya Trejos
Presidente 
Academia Nacional de Ciências de Costa Rica 
San Pedro, San José
Costa Rica 
CIBCM
Universidad de Costa Rica
Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio
San Pedro de Montes de Oca
2050
Costa Rica 
Tel: (506) 207 31 91
Fax (506) 207 31 90
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Cuba

 

Ismael Clark Arxer 
Presidente
Academia de Ciências de Cuba
Capitolio Nacional
La Habana, 12400
Cuba 
Tel: +53 7 867 0599 
Fax: +53 7 866 8054 
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Sergio Jorge Pastrana
Presidente 
Comunidade Científica do Caribe
Secretário de Relações Exteriores 
Academia de Ciências de Cuba 
Capitolio Nacional 
La Habana 12400 
Cuba 
Tel: (537) 867 0599
Fax: (537) 866 8054
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Dominican Republic

 

Nelson Moreno Ceballos 
Presidente 
Academia de Ciências da República Dominicana
Calle las Damas, 112
Esq. Del Conde, Zona Colonial - Apdo. postal 932
Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana
Tel: 809-687-6315,ext 103
Fax: 809-685-6443
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Guatemala

 

María del Carmen Samayoa
Presidente 
Academia de Ciências Médicas, Físicas e Naturais da Guatemala
13 Calle, N° 1-25, Zona 1
Guatemala City, 01001
Guatemala 
Tel: + 502 2 232 07 35
Fax: +502 2 230 07 76
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Haiti

 

Fritz Deshommes 
Vice-Reitor de Pesquisa Universidade Estatal de Haiti Université d'État d'Haïti (UEH)
21, Rue Rivière, Port-au-Prince 
Tel: (509) 244-2910, (509) 244-6844
Fax: (509) 244-2940 
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Jamaica

 

Tara P. Dasgupta 
Presidente
Academia de Ciências Caribenha (CAS)
c/o
Department of Chemistry
The University of the West Indies
Mona, Kingston 7 
Jamaica
Tel: +1 876-927-1910 / 876-865-2278
Fax: +1 876-977-1835
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Mexico

 

Blanca Elena Jiménez Cisneros 
Pesquisadora Senior 
Universidade Nacional Autônoma do México (UNAM) 
Apdo Postal 70472
Ciudad Universitaria
Coyoacán, México, D.F., 
C.P. 04510
México
Tel: (52) 5(5) 56233675
Fax: (52) 5(5) 5616.2164
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Carlos Bosch-Giral 
Academia Mexicana de Ciências
Casa Tlalpan, Km. 23.5 Carretera Federal México-Cuernavaca, Calle Cipreses s/n
Col. San Andrés Totoltepec
14400 Tlalpan, Distrito Federal 
México
Tel: 5628-3825
Fax: 5628-4086
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Jose Antonio de La Peña Mena
Diretor Adjunto
Dirección Adjunta de Desarrollo Cientifico y Academico 
Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)
Insurgentes Sur 1582- 6º. Piso
Col. Crédito Constructor
03940 México, D.F., México
Tel: (5255) 53 22 8126
Fax: (5255) 53 22 77 00 ext. 7796
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Juan Carlos Romero Hicks 
Diretor Geral 
Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología - CONACYT 
Av. Insurgentes Sur 1582
Col. Crédito Constructor Del. Benito Juárez 
C.P.: 03940, Ciudad de México, D.F.
México
Tel: (55) 53 22 77 00
Fax: (55) 53 22 81 06
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Juan Pedro Laclette
Presidente 
Academia Mexicana de Ciências
“Casa Tlalpan”
Km 23.5 Carretera Federal México-Cuernavaca
Av. Cipreses s/n
Col. San Andrés Totoltepec
Tlalpan, 14400 México, D.F.
México 
Tel: +52 55 5849 4905 
Fax: +52 55 5849 5112 
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Nicaragua

 

Jorge A. Huete-Pérez 
Diretor
Centro de Biología Molecular
Universidad Centroamericana, UCA
Pista JP Segundo. Apartado 69.
Rotonda R Dario 150 mts oeste.
Managua, Nicaragua
Tel: 505-2783923, ext 1189
Fax: 505-2670106 
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Panama

 

Oris Sanjur
Presidente
Asociación Panameña para el Avance de las Ciencias (APANAC)
Senior Lab. Manager
Molecular Biology and Evolution Laboratories
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Unit 0948 
APO AA 34002-0948
Tel: (507) 212-8824
Fax: (507) 212-8790/8791
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Peru

 

Alberto Giesecke Matto
Presidente 
Academia Nacional de Ciências - Peru 
Apartado 14-0363
Lima, Peru 
Tel: +51 1 225 6283 
Fax: +51 1 224 5144 
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Trinidad & Tobago

 

Harold Ramkinsoon 
Secretário Executivo CARISCIENCE Departamento de Matemática e Computação Científica, The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine Campus
St. Augustine
Trinidad W.I. 
Tel: 1-868-662-2002 Ext: 3100
Fax: 1-868-645-7132
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Winston A Mellowes
Secretário de Relações Exteriores
Academia de Ciências Caribenha (CAS) c/o Dean’s Office
Faculty of Engineering
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine
Trinidad & Tobago 
Tel: 868 662 2002
Fax: 868 662 4414
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Uruguay

 

Maximo Eduardo Drets 
Academia de Ciências da América Latina (ACAL) 
Laboratory of Quantitative Microscopy Prof. Francisco A. Sáez
Casilla Correo 18.114 (D-8-Portones)
11.400 Montevideo
Uruguay
Tel: (5982) 4871616
Fax: (5982) 487 5548
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USA

 

Michael Clegg 
Secretário de Relações Exteriores
Academia Nacional de Ciências (NAS)
Pesquisador University of California / Department of Ecology & Evo. Biology
498 Steinhaus Hall / Irvine CA 92697-2525 
USA 
Tel: 949-824-4490
Fax: 
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Venezuela

 

Antonio Machado-Allison 
Instituto de Zoología Tropical, Facultad de Ciencias Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) Paseo Los Ilustres. Urbanización Valle Abajo. Apartado Postal 47058. Caracas 1041-A 
Venezuela 
Tel: +58 212 605.15.34 
Fax: +58 212 605-1204
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Carlos Augusto Di Prisco
Pesquisador 
Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cienticas (IVIC) Departamento de Matemáticas, Laboratorio de Análisis Matemático, Apartado 21827, Caracas 1020A, Venezuela
Tel: +58 212 5041412
Fax: +58 212 5041416
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Claudio Bifano
Presidente 
Academia de Ciencias Físicas Matemáticas y Naturales 
Av. Universidad, Bolsa a San Francisco, Palacio de Las Academias, Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela 
Apartado Postal: Nº 1421 - Caracas 1010-A - Venezuela 
Tel: + 58-212-6051577 Fax: +58 212 484.66.11 
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Guillermo Whittembury 
Academia de Ciências da América Latina (ACAL) 
Caracas, Venezuela 
Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, IVIC.
POBox 21827, Caracas, 
Venezuela 1020-A 
Tel: (58-212) 504-1120 
Fax: (58-212) 504-1093 or -1764
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Rayna Petkoff 
Secretaria Local do Evento Venezuela 
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Conference Presentations

Strengthening S&T in the Americas:
A Tool for Development, Social Inclusion and Democracy
Margarita Island, Venezuela

 

June 7-9th, 2007
Presentations

Conference
Keynote Conference
Science, Participation and Democracy: Reflections from the South”
• Mary Kalin Arroyo, Chilean Academy of Sciences

Session 1 “Bridging Science and Society: Local Experiences” 
The Leading Universities in Latin America and their Contribution to 
Development: Case Studies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico
• Argentina 1
• Argentina 2
• Brazil 
• Chile
• Mexico
• General

Session 2 “Strengthening S&T in the Americas: Views and Perspectives”
• ICSU
• TWAS
• IAP
• CCC
• General

Session 3 “Water for the Americas: Access, Management and Social Justice” 
• José Tundisi, Brazilian Academy of Sciences
• Blanca Jiménez, Mexican Academy of Sciences

Session 4 “Capacity Building for Academies in the Americas: Insights from the IAP 
Strategic Plan”

• Michael Clegg, National Academy of Sciences - USA

Session 5 “Science Education in the Americas: Views and Challenges”
• José Lozano, Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences
• Jorge Almeida Guimarães, Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES), Brazil
• Carlos Bosch, Mexican Academy of Sciences

Session 6 “S,T&I Policies in the Americas: Research for Development”
• IDRC
• CONACYT-Mx


General Assembly Presentation

Strengthening S&T in the Americas:
A Tool for Development, Social Inclusion and Democracy
Margarita Island, Venezuela

June 7-9th, 2007
Presentations

General Assembly

Benchmarking the last three years: Achievements and Challenges 
• Latin American Academy of Sciences (Guillermo Whittembury, Co-Chancellor)
• National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Argentina (Jorge Crisci, representative)
• National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia (Luis Alberto Rodrigo Gainza, President)
• Brazilian Academy of Sciences (Hernan Chaimovich, Vice-President)
• Caribbean Academy of Sciences (Tara Dasgupta, President)
• The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (Patricia Demers, President)
• Caribbean Scientific Union (Sergio Jorge Pastrana, President)
• Chilean Academy of Sciences (Juan A. Asenjo, Vice-President)
• Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences (Jaime Rodríguez-Lara, President)
• National Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica (Gabriel Macaya, President)
• Cuban Academy of Sciences (Ismael Clark Arxer, President)
• Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic (Nelson Moreno-Ceballos, President)
• Academy of Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Guatemala (María del Carmen Samayoa, President)
• Mexican Academy of Sciences (Juan Pedro Laclette, President)
• National Academy of Sciences of Peru (Alberto Giesecke Matto, President)
• National Academy of Sciences (USA) (Michael Clegg, Foreign Secretary)
• Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences of Venezuela (Claudio Bifano, President)

Organizing National Scientific Communities
• Panama (Oris Sanjur, President, Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC))
• Nicaragua (Jorge A. Huete-Pérez, Vice-President, Nicaraguan Society for Science)
• Uruguay (Maximo E. Drets, Emeritus Professor, Clemente Estable Institute of Biological Investigation)
• Haiti (Fritz Deshommes, Research Provost, State University of Haiti)

Three Years of IANAS: The Road since 2004 and the Way Ahead
• Report from the Co-chairs


Statutes

InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS)

 

The Academies of Sciences of the countries of the Americas, in the spirit of the Inter Academy Panel (IAP), establish an Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences, IANAS.

The main goals of IANAS will be:
1. To assist in the building of national scientific capacities by strengthening science and technology relationships among the countries of the Americas, as a tool for societal development;
2. To cooperate in building capacities for the Academies of the region through exchange of information and experience and to aid in the creation of new Academies in those countries of the Americas desiring assistance in the establishment of a Science Academy;
3. To influence the scientific decision-making processes in the Americas, with the goal of promoting prosperity and equity in the Hemisphere.

Such actions shall always be undertaken with due respect for the spheres of activity, competences and interests of the respective national Academies..

I. Members and Organization

I.1. Academies of the countries of the Americas, with science components – such as Social Sciences, Engineering and Health Sciences - may be members of IANAS provided they represent national scientific communities through a peer selection process and play an acknowledged nationwide role. Other Academies may apply to become members of IANAS. Acceptance is decided by the General Assembly. 
I.1.1. If a country or region does not have an academy of sciences that is a member of IANAS, an equivalent organization may be admitted to membership.
I.1.2. If a member academy has not participated in IANAS or its programmes and activities for more than three consecutive years, the IANAS Co-Chairs shall consult with that academy and, if the situation of non-activity persist for another two years, propose to the Executive Committee that membership be suspended pending a decision of the General Assembly on the termination of membership. 
I.2. The bodies of the IANAS are the General Assembly and the Executive Committee. 

II. The General Assembly

II.1. The General Assembly is the meeting of the representatives of members of IANAS. The place and date of the Ordinary Session shall be decided by the General Assembly, or, failing that, by the Executive Committee. Each member Academy is invited to send to the General Assembly the President or his or her designate who shall be the voting member in the General Assembly. Member Academies may indicate additional, non-voting members. 
II.2. Other related organizations or individuals from countries lacking academies may, at the discretion of the Executive Committee, be invited as observers to the General Assembly.
II.3. The General Assembly shall, in particular, make the following decisions:
a. Approve general IANAS policies and initiatives; and IANAS programmes and their budgets;
b. Elect new member academies, the IANAS Co-Chairs, the IANAS Executive Committee, and the academy hosting the IANAS Secretariat; 
c. Direct the Executive Committee to carry out specific tasks deemed necessary for achieving the objectives of the IANAS; and
d. Amend these Statutes and adopt rules of procedure governing its own work and that of the other organs of the IANAS.
II.4. The General Assembly shall adopt and may amend these Statutes with a two-thirds majority vote, abstentions not considered a vote.
II.5. The General Assembly may delegate specific tasks or responsibilities to the IANAS Executive Committee.
II.6. Unless explicitly otherwise provided in these Statutes or in rules of procedure, the General Assembly shall decide by a majority vote, abstentions not considered a vote. A vote shall be taken by hand raising if the vote does not relate to a person or persons or by a secret ballot if the vote relates to a person or persons.
II.7. The General Assembly will be held every three years. 
II.8. Travel and living expenses of Academy representatives at General Assemblies or other IANAS activities are the responsibility of the individual Academies. The host Academy and other academies in position to do so will, however, try to provide assistance where appropriate.

III. The Executive Committee

III.1. Composition of the Executive Committee
a) Two Co-Chairs, from Academies of countries with different degrees of development.
b) Seven additional full members 
• One from the Academy that hosts the General Assembly; 
• One from the Academy that will host the next General 
Assembly; 
• Five elected member Academies from countries not represented in the citizenship of the Co-Chairs. 

III.2. The Co-Chairs of IANAS shall be elected as named individuals, though s/he will need to be a member of an Academy that is member of IANAS and that is willing to meet his/her expenses.

III.3. The Executive Committee shall consult members about possible candidates for Co-Chairs, not less than three months before the completion of the term of the existing Co-Chair, and then propose one or more names to the membership for election at the General Assembly. A simple majority of the voting members of IANAS shall determine the outcome.

III.3.1. The Executive Committee shall decide by a majority of votes, abstentions not considered a vote. During meetings a vote shall be taken by hand raising if the vote does not relate to a person or persons or by a secret ballot if the vote relates to a person or persons. Between meetings a vote shall be taken by an electronic ballot with the individual votes of a member to be kept confidential if the vote relates to a person or person.

III.4. The Co-Chairs will serve a term of three years, starting at the date of the General Assembly. For the purpose of ensuring continuity and rotation among the regions, only one Co-Chair may be eligible for re-election. A Co-chair may serve at most two consecutive terms.

III.5. The Co-Chairs shall not be responsible for hosting a General Assembly. The Co-Chairs may invite individuals to work with the Executive Committee on a particular issue. Such individuals shall have no voting rights.

III.6. Other than the Co-Chairs, all members of the Executive Committee are Academy representatives rather than named individuals. The member Academies may choose the representative to the Executive Committee, but should try to ensure continuity of representation, in order to facilitate the efficient working of the Executive Committee.

III.7. The five elected member Academies shall stand down at each General Assembly. At least one of the elected member Academies shall change at each election. The maximum continuous service of a full member of the Executive Committee shall be six years, after which that member shall be ineligible for election for the next three years.

III.8. The Executive Committee meets just before the meeting of the General Assembly in order to finalize its preparation and the newly elected Executive Committee will meet just after the General Assembly in order to implement recommendations of the General Assembly. The Executive Committee shall meet at least once per year between General Assembly meetings.

III.9. The Executive Committee will ensure the continuity between two successive meetings of the General Assembly, implement the recommendations of the previous one, prepare the program of the next one, and represent IANAS through its Co-Chairs or one of its members during the time between two General Assemblies. The Executive Committee is in charge of the relations of IANAS with international institutions (e.g. OAS, UNESCO, PAHO, IDB, IACD). The Executive Committee should follow general guidance from the previous General Assembly, and with potentially contentious issues should consult the member Academies most closely involved. All the actions of the Executive Committee will be communicated to member Academies in a timely manner.

IV. The Secretariat

IV.1 Under the guidance of the IANAS Co-Chairs the IANAS Secretariat shall support the General Assembly and the Executive Committee in the discharge of their respective tasks and responsibilities.

IV.2 The Secretariat shall, in particular, be responsible for:
a. Preparing and organizing all official IANAS meetings;
b. Disseminating relevant materials to member academies;
c. Preparing an Annual Report on IANAS programmes and activities;
d. Maintaining working relations with relevant other organizations;
e. Receiving and disbursing the funds of the IANAS; and
f. Preparing reports and audits on the finances of the IANAS.

IV.3. The IANAS Secretariat shall be hosted by an IANAS member Academy elected by the General Assembly for a term of six years. 
IV.3.1. The term of a host Academy shall be renewed unless in its previous meeting the General Assembly served notice of its intention to elect another host Academy. 
IV.3.2. If the host Academy wishes to terminate its role as host Academy, it shall notify the Executive Committee of that intention at least two years before the date of actually ending its role as host Academy.

IV.4. The Executive Committee may adopt rules and regulations governing the tasks and responsibilities of the Secretariat.

V. The Information Function

V.1. A major function of IANAS is to promote and reinforce the activities of the Academies of the region through exchange of information and experience. One main way in which this is done is through exchange of information about IANAS itself and about its members. Such exchange may be accomplished by whatever means are appropriate, taking account of advances in technology and other sources of information already easily available, and shall be the responsibility of the Co-Chairs. They shall also arrange for and maintain an IANAS website with news about IANAS and direct links to the websites of members.


VI. Programs and Initiatives

Programs and Initiatives are an integral part of meeting the capacity building objectives of IANAS. Programs and initiatives will focus on key issues for the Americas and will promote participation of the members.

Proposals from members of IANAS to the Executive Committee, will be considered on an annual basis. It will be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to determine the feasibility of the program or initiative, as well as to organize its implementation.

VI.1. Programs and initiatives will be coordinated by a chairperson who will be designated by the Executive Committee. Coordinators will submit an annual progress report to the Executive Committee describing the activity undertaken.

VI.2. Upon completion or resignation, a chairperson should submit a progress report about the program or initiative. If appropriate, the Executive Committee will provide a copy of the report to the newly designated person.

VI.3. The Executive Committee is responsible for undertaking the evaluation of programs or initiatives.


VII. Statements and Reports

VII.1 IANAS may issue statements and reports on matters of interest to its members and to policy-makers. 
VII.1.a. It is vital to declare clearly who are the authors of such statements or reports, and to ensure that they are of the quality that IANAS members require. Any statement or report issued under the auspices of IANAS must, therefore, be presented first to the Executive Committee and then to the General Assembly where it can be subjected to collective debate. The Executive Committee can, if necessary, bring to the consideration of all the members statements or reports that require release before the meeting of a General Assembly. An electronic or mail vote must be received from members within 21 days of the initial consultation. Academies not voting will be counted as affirmative votes. Under both conditions (vote in the General Assembly or electronic or mail ballot) a two third majority is required for an IANAS statement or report to be released. 
VII.1.b. The Executive Committee may appoint special committees to develop statements or reports on science and science policy questions of interest to the governments of the Americas. Such committees may be appointed in response from external organizations such as the United Nations, UNESCO or the Organization of the American States. Prior to release, the reports must be approved by the Executive Committee.


 

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