Latin American Academy of Sciences

Founded in 1982

The Latin American Academy of Sciences (Academia de Ciencias de America Latina) was founded on 26 September 1982 during a meeting at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Rome, Italy. It was created to honour the memory of Simón Bolívar by a group of scientific researchers from Latin America gathered for this purpose at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Rome in 1982. As agreed at that meeting, it established its permanent headquarters in Caracas in 1983, the bicentennial year of the birth of Simón Bolívar. The Statutes adopted on 25-26 September 1982 in Rome were modified on 21-22 October 1983 in Caracas. They were modified again on 21-24 April 1987, on 6-7 October 1994 and on 28-29 September 2006.

The thinking behind the founding of the Academy is described by the eighteen funding scientists (see [3]):-
We, scientific researchers, residents of our country of origin and here in transit attending an initiative of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, to establish the Academy of Sciences of Latin America;

Aware of the current state of scientific and technological research in Latin America and the Caribbean;

After having appreciated the need to strengthen scientific and technological research in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as an indispensable means to achieving the contribution of said activity to the autonomous development and well-being of the peoples of our region;

Convinced that through the establishment of academic institutions the links between people, organisations, and institutions dedicated to scientific and technological research in our countries can be promoted and consolidated;

Eager to build with all scientific researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean, without distinction of creed, ideologies, or ethnic origin, a concrete instrument of integration that facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experiences at the same time that organically channels initiatives and actions specifically aimed at improving quality and increasing scientific and technological research activities in the countries of our region.

Aware of the opportunity offered by the coming year of 1983, the Bicentennial of the Birth of Simón Bolívar, whom all those born in Latin America and the Caribbean recognise as a decolonising man, of freedom, integration, and understanding, we have decided to establish, in effect, we have established, for the benefit of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Academy of Sciences of Latin America, whose statutes, approved by us, are attached to this charter.
Members of the Academy are elected by the existing members. Those elected must be scientists who are outstanding for the high quality of their research work and for their dedication to serving the purposes of the Academy. Consideration must be given to electing members from the different areas of science and the different sub-regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Academy is governed by a President, elected for a term of three years, who cannot be elected to more than two consecutive terms. The President chairs a Council consisting of the President of the Academy; the outgoing President; six Advisers; the Chancellor of the Academy; and the Co-Chancellor of the Academy. Outstanding scientists residing outside the Region may be elected as Corresponding members. The number of members reached 235 by 2018 and is now over 250 from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The Academy does not have many members who are mathematicians. In fact in their 2020 plan, see below, they recognised that physics, chemistry and mathematics are underrepresented. In 2021-22 the Paraguayan mathematician Juan Carlos Migliore (born 1956) who works in the United States undertaking research in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry was elected. Members of the Academy who have a biography on MacTutor include: Alberto Calderón, Argentina; Rolando Chuaqui, Chile; Leopoldo Nachbin, Brazil; and Luis Santaló, Argentina.

The Latin American Academy of Sciences introduced the following work plan in 2020 (see [3]):-
Incorporate new members to the Academy, from various areas of science, especially chemistry, physics, and mathematics (including computer science and informatics) which are the ones with the least number of members. Of course, respecting the required requirements and taking into account gender quotas.

Contribute to the construction of scientific capacities in the Region, consolidating the network of active researchers to share information on possibilities for cooperation, availability of scientific equipment and resources, and natural resources.

Interact with representatives of government science and technology bodies to raise awareness about the importance of science and local scientists for the development of their respective countries.

Establish communication channels with Latin American scientists residing in different countries of the world that facilitate, particularly young researchers, the completion of higher studies, research internships, and collaboration in research projects.

To promote the analysis and critical discussion of national policies for science, technology and innovation, development indicators, and a diagnosis of the state of science in the Region, through documents, ideas, proposals, and recommendations for its development, as well as on priority research topics for our countries.

Strengthen ACAL's relations with the National Academies for the development of specific programs and increase its presence in international organisations ...

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References (show)

  1. Academia de Ciencias de América Latina (ACAL), Union of International Associations.
  2. Academia de Ciencias de América Latina, Latin American Academy of Sciences (11 May 2018).
  3. Academy headquarters program, Latin American Academy of Sciences.
  4. Articles of Incorporation and Statutes, Latin American Academy of Sciences.
  5. History and mission, Latin American Academy of Sciences.
  6. Latin American Academy of Sciences (ACAL), The Interacademy Partnership.
  7. Regional Cooperation Program, Latin American Academy of Sciences.

Last Updated February 2023