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Inauguration ICSU ROLAC in Mexico City

On 1st March 2011, the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) was officially inaugurated in Mexico City at the Mexican Academy of Sciences (AMC).
Inauguration ICSU ROLAC in Mexico City

The former and the new ROLAC Director: Alice Abreu and Manuel Limonta


The new offices were formally opened by ICSU, the AMC, and the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT). ROLAC relocated to Mexico following the completion of the three-year agreement with the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. The inauguration ceremony was opened by Arturo Menchaca, President of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and was followed by presentations by Deliang Chen, Alice Abreu, the former Director, and Manuel Limonta, the new Director of the office. Juan  Carlos Romero, General Director of CONACyT, formally closed the ceremony.

During the inauguration, ICSU’s Executive Director, Deliang Chen, highlighted the important role the regional office plays in strengthening, organizing, and integrating the regional scientific communities and promoting regional networking. He also recognized the support the office has received from the region: ‘Without the strong support of countries in the region, in particular the leadership provided by Brazil and Mexico, the office for this region would not have been so successful in achieving its goals. On behalf of the ICSU Executive Board, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences for its support over the last three years and to AMC and CONACyT for their commitment and leadership in supporting the office at the AMC.’

The former Director of the Regional Office, Alice Abreu, also expressed her thanks for the support the office has received and highlighted the extraordinary work done by scientists from the region who volunteered their time for the Regional Committee - in particular, the committee chair, José Antonio de la Peña - and the four Scientific Planning Groups, which involved twenty of the most prestigious scientists of the region.

The new Director of the Regional Office, Manuel Limonta, stressed that the new Regional Office in Mexico will play an important role in working with scientists in the region and promoting regional networks, which are important strategies in the region. Furthermore, he expressed his commitment to expand ICSU's capacities in the region. Manuel Limonta thanked CONACYT and the Mexican Academy of Sciences for their contribution which made the move of ICSU ROLAC to Mexico possible.

The Director of CONACYT, Juan Carlos Romero said that this Regional Office will provide a regional perspective on subjects at the interface of academics, governments, and society as a whole. "It is a great honor for Mexico to host ICSU because it provides the basis for a dialogue between countries in Latin America." He also stressed that this is a great opportunity for Mexico to provide a vision beyond its borders.

The President of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Arturo Menchaca expressed his satisfaction with the confidence and the support of ICSU headquarters that led to the installation of ICSU ROLAC at the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He welcomed Manuel Limonta as the new Director of the Regional Office in this new phase of ICSU ROLAC's existence.

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