Young scientists of Canada, Mexico and the United Statessharing their experiences

  • New Horizons in ScienceMexico 2014

Science as a key instrument for powering the North American region

The science academies of Canada, Mexico and the United States are working towards broader science cooperation between our countries by building relationships among future science leaders. As a first step, a joint symposium is being held that focuses on young to mid career scientists working in astrophysics, biotechnology, green chemistry, marine science and the science of hazards and disasters. The symposium, which will take place at the Casa de California in Mexico City from June 22-24, features stimulating presentations by the next generation of science leaders and is designed to strengthen scientific relationships between our countries.

A major step in North American cooperation was initiated 20 years ago with the NAFTA treaty to increase economic integration between Canada, Mexico and the United States. The goal has certainly succeeded as the trade between the three countries has more than tripled from $290 billion in 1993 to more than $1.1 trillion in 2012 and much of this can be attributed to NAFTA. However, the NAFTA agreement did not fully anticipate the critical role of Science, Technology Transfer and Innovation would play as major drivers of social and economic development in today´s world. It has been estimated that more than 50% of economic growth in the 20th century can be traced to the fruits of scientific discovery. All three North American partners have strong science communities but all three would benefit from even closer scientific cooperation that lead to both new technologies and new solutions for 21st century challenges.

Scientific innovation is not a zero sum game. New discoveries and inventions are nourished by the open exchange of ideas and by combining the methods and knowledge of different disciplines in new and creative ways. Moreover, key 21st century challenges such as climate change can only be addressed with sound scientific knowledge applied at the international level. Accordingly, the Academies of our nations are working together to stimulate scientific exchange and to focus on the next generation of science leaders, in the certainty that this is the most effective way of guaranteeing a better future for each of our countries.

The Organization of the Symposium
June 2014