#CILAC2021 is underway: the biggest Open Science Forum of the year

UNESCO promotes the largest public scientific knowledge event in Latin America and the Caribbean aimed at addressing the challenges of today's world, hand in hand with politicians and governors from all countries, speakers from academia and leading researchers

UNESCO, together with a group of regional partners and the government of the Republic of Argentina, presents the third edition of the Open Science Forum in Latin America and the Caribbean, #CILAC2021, which will take place on 26, 27 and 28 April, this being the first time it is held in a virtual format.

The event will bring together more than 20 high-level sessions, with authorities and leaders from the region and the world, 30 other thematic conferences, virtual stands to visit and a wide range of parallel events. It is the largest scientific knowledge event in Latin America and the Caribbean; an exceptional opportunity to debate, plan and monitor the central axes of the science, technology and innovation policy agenda for sustainable development in our countries, in our region. .

"The pandemic - which forced us to reschedule the biannual meeting originally planned for last year - highlighted the need and urgency of promoting spaces for dialogue and cooperation such as the Open Forum, to join efforts and visions of sustainable development based on scientific knowledge at all levels in our societies, involving international, governmental, private sector, social organizations and the scientific community",

said Guillermo Anlló, regional specialist of UNESCO's Science, Technology and Innovation Policies Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean and coordinator of the CILAC Forum.

Unique of its kind since 2016, this year's proposal adapts to virtuality and maintains the spirit of bringing together a wide variety of speakers from around the world and offering thematic sessions on inclusive science, the ethics of artificial intelligence, open science, challenges and opportunities of the digital economy, in the framework of the pandemic generated by COVID-19. It is an invitation to reflect, from a collaborative perspective, on the role that science should assume today, in the short and medium term. Considered the regional hub for science, technology and innovation, this forum is the space to work collectively on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.

During 2020, a year in which the scientific system in the region and the world multiplied its efforts, CILAC developed different activities and calls through its digital platforms to give visibility to the important role of science in people's lives, highlighting the need for each country to have scientific capacities to face everyday challenges. More than 10,000 people took part in the virtual meetings on open science, science diplomacy, entrepreneurship, bioeconomy and science education, among others.

The CILAC Forum is the result of the collaboration of important regional partners. The IDB, SEGIB, OEI, RICYT, AUGM and CUIB, with the executive secretariat provided by UNESCO, make this space possible. The third edition, has the support of the government of the Republic of Argentina as organizer, through its Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. The event is sponsored by the University of Buenos Aires, the National Interuniversity Council of Argentina, the Council of Rectors of Private Universities and CONICET Argentina.

The new edition of the #CILAC2021 Forum will take place from 26 to 28 April, in a completely virtual mode.

Registrations to participate are open free of charge on the CILAC2021 event website:

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