Monterrey Summary - 2003

Social and Economic Impact of Research Based Science Education

This Second International Conference, organized by FUMEC in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Education, INNOVEC, and the Nuevo Leon Education Authorities, took place in Monterrey, N.L., May 11th to 13th, and gathered top representatives from the private sector, government, science academies and educators, to discuss strategies and develop synergies in order to enhance the competitiveness of people, regions and countries through Hands-On Inquiry Centered Science Education. By analyzing the social and economic impact of these systems, fostering research on this topic, and enhancing national and international cooperation between the private and the public sector, people and institutions will invest today on building tomorrow's competitiveness.

The conference was honored by the participation of very distinguished personalities such as: Reyes Tamez Guerra, Mexico's Secretary of Public Education; Bruce Alberts, President of the National Academy of Sciences; Yves Queré, Co-Chairman, Inter Academy Panel; Fernando Elizondo Barragan, Governor of the State of Nuevo Leon; Hugo Aréchiga, President, Science Academy of Latin America; Anders Hedberg, President, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation; Jaime Lomelin, General Director of Peñoles Group and President of INNOVEC; Leopoldo Rodríguez, General Director of Planning and Human Resources, DESC Corp.

At the conference attended important Latinamerican representatives of the educative and scientific community: Mauricio Duque, The Andes University, Colombia; Maria Cristina Corrales, Ministry of Education, Colombia; Rosa Deves, Elizabeth Liendro and Patricia López Stuart, Ministry of Education, Chile; Guillermo Witthembury, Science and Technology Council, Venezuela; Renato Valdivieso, POLAR Foundation; Venezuela; Danielle Grysnpan, Ministry of Education, Brazil, Cecilia Guerra, Ministry of Education, Panama.

The presence of Jaime Oaxaca (newly appointed Chairman of FUMEC's Board of Governors) and other Board members such as Pablo Rudomin, Fernando Solana, Salvador Malo, Marta Brown and Alvaro Aldama, was a clear sign that this topic has a strong support of the Foundation.

The presence of 187 persons representing 9 Science and Technology Councils, 10 State Education Ministries, 3 Latin America Education Ministries, 10 national and international universities, 9 pedagogic universities, 6 entrepreneurial groups, 12 national and international Foundations, 8 Science Academies, the World Bank, and the Inter American Development Bank, established the basis for future cooperation programs.

For further information, see: (Programs - enhancement of human resources in science and technology - Science in Basic Education)

18 June 2003