11.09.2018 - UNESCO Montevideo Office

Attend CILAC II, Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean

The second edition of the Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean will be held between October 22 and 24 this year, at the Wyndham Panama Albrook Hotel, in Panama City, within the Science Week of that country.

The Forum, which had its first edition in Montevideo in 2016 organized by UNESCO's Regional Office for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean, is a regional space for the exchange of ideas and experiences on challenges and opportunities in science, technology and innovation.

Its objective is to create a dynamic and inclusive space to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Objectives, by strengthening the scientific and technological capabilities of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

CILAC is a platform that consists in the Forum, with more than 60 thematic sessions, a varied number of side events, about 20 to be developed at the City of Knowledge, and science activities on the street that will take place in different spaces of the city.

Lidia Brito, Director of UNESCO's Regional Office for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean, affirms that: "CILAC is a platform of contact and dialogue, of joint construction, where the sciences factor appears as the connection between those challenges that we have in the region and the actors that can work according to them, with their instruments and impact tools ".

In this opportunity, the three main axes will be sustainable cities, resilient territories and bioeconomy. The sessions and the vast majority of events will deal with some specific points of these topics. In addition, we will work with different Latin American region’s realities, addressing all the challenges posed by sustainable development.

To create a discussion space and to find solutions to the challenges, experts and people of international political relevance were summoned. Participating as panelists will be: Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal, Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina, Margaret Hamburg, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Bai Chunli, President of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), among other outstanding personalities. All information about the program and the guests is available on the Forum's website.



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