Mexican Academy of Sciences

Interamerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS)


The Mexican Academy of Sciences organized the first meeting of the science academies of Latin America at the AMC in 2003. Representatives from the following academies were in attendance: the National Academy of Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Natural Sciences of Argentina, the Bolivian National Academy of Sciences, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the Scientific Community of the Caribbean, the Caribbean Academy of Sciences, the Colombian Academy of Physical, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, the Cuban Academy of Sciences, the Guatemalan Academy of Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the Peruvian National Academy of Sciences, the Venezuelan Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Latin American Academy of Sciences. Members of the Inter-Academy Panel (IAP), the Canadian Royal Academy of Science and the National Academy of Sciences participated as special guests along with the Director of the Office of Science and Technology at the OAS.


The Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) was the outcome of the above mentioned meeting. The purpose of IANAS is to stimulate and strengthen national scientific capacities through scientific and technological exchange between countries on the American continent. The exchange becomes a tool for social development through the cooperative construction of regional academies via the exchange of information and experience. IANAS will help create new academies in American countries who request the organization’s support in founding an academy of science. Furthermore, IANAS aims to influence decision-making processes with regards to science on the continent, with the ultimate goal of encouraging prosperity and equality in the Western Hemisphere.


The creation of IANAS was formalized at a meeting in Santiago de Chile on May 5-7, 2004 when the Network’s statutes were discussed and approved. Currently the IANAS co-Presidents are Dr. Michael Clegg from USA and Dr. Juan Asenjo from Chile.


The AMC is part of the IANAS Executive Committee 2013-2016 jointly with Academies of Science from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic y Nicaragua.


In November 2007, the Network’s board announced two new projects that extended IANAS’s framework of activity. The first, a part of the Teaching Science Program, which is related to the establishment of AMC’s program Science in Your School, would be held in seven countries throughout the continent: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic. The AMC signed collaboration agreements with the science academies of these countries and obtained funds from the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education to support their activities. Likewise, through the Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development at the Organization of American States (FEMICIDI-OEA), IANAS has obtained significant support for activities pertaining to the Teaching Science Program. In particular, the AMC has received support from FEMICIDI-OEA to organize meetings on teaching sciences and especially Science in Your School, with other academies on the continent.


The Water Program coordinated by IANAS is presided over by the academies of Brazil and Mexico.


The co-directors of IAP sent a communiqué to IANAS proposing two regional workshops on energy and on women in science, both of which IAP offered to fund. The Energy Workshop was held in Argentina in October of 2008 and the Women in Science Workshop was held in Mexico on April 20-21, 2009; the AMC organized the event in conjunction with IANAS.


Academic Affairs Secretary
Act. Claudia Jiménez
Tel. (5)58 49 51 09, Fax: (5)58 49 51 12
E-mail: claujv@unam.m