Panama to host CILAC 2018


Panama City is proud to host the second edition of the Open Forum CILAC, which is the main regional platform to discuss how to design and implement effective scientific policies in line with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The launch took place at the Visitor Center of the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal and was welcomed by the Vice President of Corporate Management of the Panama Canal Authority, Mr. Oscar Vallarino, words of the Deputy Director General of Sciences Natural Sciences, Dr. Flavia Schlegel and the National Secretary in charge of Science, Technology and Innovation of Panama, Dr. Victor Sanchez Urrutia. It also had the participation of diverse actors of the scientific, technological and academic world of Panama and of the region.

The National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Panama (SENACYT) in cooperation with the UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Mayor of Panama City, the Iberoamerican General Secretariat (SEGIB) And other national and regional entities organize this II Open Forum of Sciences of Latin America and the Caribbean. CILAC 2018 is formulated around the motto: “Science Connects”.

CILAC 2018 will project the inauguration of its first edition, held in the city of Montevideo in 2016, with the objective of establishing a regional agenda for innovation, science and technology that contributes to the Sustainable Development Objectives in Latin America and the Caribbean.

It is a unique conference of its kind that connects future researchers with leading scientists, young entrepreneurs with business and corporate leaders, visionaries and innovators with policy makers, artists, designers, inventors and engineers, scientific journalists and outreach centers Scientific basis. All of them have been summoned by the enormous challenges of our time, which require the interdisciplinary and multisectoral collaboration of all Latin American and Caribbean society.

CILAC has transcended Latin America and has become a global event, with the participation of representatives from all continents, in a global strategy in favor of science for sustainable development.

The City of Panama will host this international event and will be the setting where daily open and public activities will be carried out, inviting citizens to connect with science, technology and innovation, through culture and the arts, including Theater, dance, informal talks, performances and demonstrations.

The Mayor of Panama City, as part of the organization of this important conference, from the vision of science at the service of sustainable urban development, summons the citizenship to be part of this Forum and to realize the motto that gives its name To CILAC 2018: “Science Connects”.

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Senacyt Panamá


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