Policy for Science

Connections to Sustain Science in Latin America launch webinar


The US. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (US NASEM), in partnership with the Academy of Sciences of Latin America, is pleased to announce the Connections to Sustain Science in Latin America program.

The science community across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has come under increasing pressure in the recent years due to economic realities, politics, and the ongoing pandemic, and this is reflected in the decrease in support not just for research, but for the researchers themselves. Early career researchers are particularly impacted by this changing landscape and now face the daunting challenges of research and academic prospects that are far from certain.

This project seeks to address the declining support for science and support early-career researchers and graduate students in the LAC region by providing connections to information, to peers, and by building leadership capacities.

As part of the program launch, NASEM is holding an inaugural webinar on 30 June 30 2021 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm EDT to introduce the program, as well as discuss the current status of science in the region, the challenges facing early-career researchers, and the role that private foundation support may play in helping researchers. Presentation abstract and speaker bios are available on the event webpage, and the program for the webinar is:

The Connections to Sustain Science in Latin America program

Daniel Placht, Associate Program Officer, NASEM

Hurdles facing science in the Americas

Dr. Jeremy McNeil, Co-Chair, Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences

Challenges faced by ECRs in LAC and how programs from academies of science and young scientists organizations could have a positive impact

Dr. Sandra Lopez, Senior Health Researcher, Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies

Promoting science outreach in Brazil - Serrapilheira Institute, a small private experiment

Dr. Hugo Aguilaniu, Director, Serrapilheira

Registration is required to participate (register here).




Daniel Placht
(202) 334-2459