InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS)
Founded under the spirit of IAP in 2004, the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) is a regional network of science academies created to support the cooperation in the Americas, with the objective of strengthening science and technology as tools for the progress of research and development, prosperity and equality in the region.
Currently the following countries belong to the network of Academies: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, United States, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. In addition to these, the Latin American Academy of Sciences, the Caribbean Academy of Sciences and the Caribbean Scientific Union are also part of the Network of Academies of Sciences.
The main objectives of the network are:
- provide assistance for scientific qualification of the nations by means of a strengthening the scientific and technological cooperation among the countries of the Americas, as a way of promoting social development;
- contribute towards scientific qualification in the region of the Americas, by means of interchanging information and experiences;
- help in the creation of new academies in countries of the Americas, who require assistance in the establishment of an Academy of Science;
- influence in the decision making process linked to scientific areas in the Americas, with the objective of promoting prosperity and equality in that hemisphere.
Between 2004 and 2010, ABC accommodated the office of IANAS and the vice-president of ABC, Hernan Chaimovich occupied one of its two posts of president for a period of two mandates. As of 2010, due to the rotation system foreseen in the Statutes on the entity, the office and the co-presidency were passed on to Mexico, and Brazil then became part of the Executive Committee.
This period, of being head of the Network for six year, further contributed to consolidate Brazil’s role of leadership in Latin America, and helped connect and strengthen the scientific community in the region.
See some of the articles related to IANAS actions in Brazil.
In 2011, IANAS offered short duration scholarships for young latin american scientists in the USA.
ABC held a Meeting of the Presidents of the Academies of Science of Latin America
There were two main IANAS meetings that year:
Workshop with Science Teachers “Gender Issues in Science Education: Empowering Girls and Women”
Workshop Inventing a Better Future: Strategies for the Constructions of Regional Capacities in Science and Technology
Meeting of the Scientific Education Program of the IANAS Network