Official ceremony to open ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in El Salvador
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hugo Roger Martinez Bonilla, Minister of Education Carlos Mauricio Canjura Linares and Vice Minister for Science and Technology in the Education Ministry Erlinda Handal Vega joined with ICSU’s Executive Director Heide Hackmann, Director of ROLAC Manuel Limonta, Secretary General David Black and Executive Board Member Nicole Moreau to celebrate the new office.
"This is a historic day,” said Education Minister Carlos Mauricio Canjura Linares. "This day marks a breakthrough for education and science mark in our country," Vice Minister for Science and Technology Erlinda Handal Vega said in her opening remarks.
During a day-long event which included thematic presentations from ICSU representatives and others, there was also a seminar dedicated to “The Open Science Imperative: Challenges and Opportunities”. Geoffrey Boulton, President of CODATA and Jorge Tezon, Manager of Scientific and Technological Development from CONICET in Argentina, both made presentations and fielded questions from a packed audience.
“ICSU has been impressed El Salvador’s commitment to science, despite the fact that it only recently became a member of ICSU in 2013,” said ICSU’s David Black in an interview with local media prior to the ceremony.