Mexican Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences


Its solid relationship with the United States’ National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is extremely important to the Academy.  Over the years, the relationship has led to studies, courses, visiting experts, seminars on the boundaries of science etc. When reflecting on the many activities carried out jointly with NAS, it is worth noting those that led to collaborative publications.


In 1996 a number of UNAM graduate programs were evaluated and later, in 1999, graduate programs at INAOE, CIMAT, CIO and CICESE were also reviewed by a team comprising NAS and AMC nominated experts. From 1990 to 1994, a studied called “the Aquifer in Mexico City” was conducted, which arose from a planning meeting between AMC, what was then the National Engineering Academy (ANI), NAS and the National Research Council (NRC). During the four years it lasted, the study was sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Mexican Secretariat of Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Together the academies nominated a bi-national committee of experts that met four times in two and a half years. The results of the study were published in two volumes. In March, 1995, the AMC published an extended version in Spanish titled “El Agua y la Ciudad de Mexico,” together with the ANI, NRC and NAS. Likewise, the NRC, with support from the NAS, AMC and ANI, edited an abridged bilingual version called “Mexico City’s Water Supply: Improving the Outlook for Sustainability.” It is important to mention that in 1995, the Miguel Alemán Foundation granted the Academy the “Miguel Alemán Award for Environment and Ecology,” in recognition its high quality studies of the Mexico City aquifer.


In 1991, the project entitled “the Technological Aspects of Industrial Modernization,” originally begun in 1988, was reactivated in collaboration with the National Academy of Engineering and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. The results of this work were published in 1995, in a co-edition by the AMC, the National Academy of Engineering and the Economic Cultural Foundation. Also in 1995, the AMC paired with the NRC to form a group on ocean sciences, comprising ten scientists from each country. The first joint meeting took place in Cuernavaca, Morelos in October, 1995. In 1999 the book “Cooperation in Ocean Sciences, Mexico and the United States Working Together” was published in a bilingual edition by the National Academy Press.

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