Workshop on Latin-American Strategy for Research Infrastructures (LASF4RI)

Developing a strategy to strengthen Latin American Scientific Collaborations and their impact.

At the III Ministerial meeting of Science and Technology of Ibero-America, held 29-30 October in Guatemala a Ministerial Declaration included the need to further and support the scientific activities of researchers at existing infrastructures and the development of new ones, through specific mechanisms such as the Latin American Strategy for Research Infrastructures (LASF4RI)[1]. This document was further ratified at the High-Level Meeting of Heads of State held 15-16 November in Guatemala through the approval action plan, item C.7[2].

Considering that many Heads of Research Council (HORC) from Latin-America plan to attend to the Annual Meeting of the GRC (Global Research Council) in São Paulo, Brazil next May 1-3, the ICTP and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) will organize on April 30 and May 1st a Workshop to discuss the LASF4RI considering Research Infrastructures in all areas of science.

Day 1: April 30. Discussion with LA HORC on strategies for research infrastructures aiming at:

  1. Convene experiences from Latin-America and other regions that can provide a relevant reference for the development of LASF4RI.
  2. To build consensus and support for a strategy-based approach for the participation in, and development of, research infrastructure projects in Latin-America.
  3. To discuss the procedures necessary to build a LA scientific roadmap in relation to research infrastructures, considering the inherent need for long term planning and funding, guaranteeing opportunities for input from the relevant scientific communities.
  4. To make use of existing Latin American Research Infrastructures to foster more research collaboration in the region, facilitating multilateral participation in regional and global research infrastructures.
  5. To inform the Ministerial meetings of the development of the LAS4RI.

Day 2: May 1st. Discussion with researchers from Latin-America

During the second day the aim is to have members of the Latin American scientific communities in Particle Physics, Astronomy, and Cosmology provide input for discussion and establish the next steps towards a strategic scientific forum in order to coordinate Latin-American activities in the area.

Preliminary Program

Workshop on LASF4RI

Dates: 30 April - May 1 2019

Venue: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Day 1, April 30.           A Discussion on Research Infrastructures in Latin-America

08:30-08:55

Registration

08:55-09:00

Welcome to IFT/UNESP & ICTP-SAIFR

Marcelo Yamashita (IFT-UNESP)

Nathan Berkovits (ICTP-SAIFR)

09:00-09:30

Introduction to LASF4RI

Fernando Quevedo (ICTP)

09:30-10:00

FAPESP Strategy for Research Infrastructures, C.H. Brito Cruz, Science Director, Fapesp

10:00-10:30

STFC and GSO Strategy for Research Infrastructures, M. Thomson (STFC)

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

11:00:11:30  

Unesco Perspectives, Lidia Brito, Director, UNESCO Montevideo Office

11:30-12:00        

The Sirius Synchrotron Light Source: an open research infrastructure

Antonio José Roque da Silva, Director-General, National Center for Research in Materials and Energy (CNPEM), Brazil

12:00-12:30

ESFRI Strategy for Research Infrastructures, G. Rossi, U Milano

12:30-14:00

Lunch

14:00-14:30          

Fermilab and the P5 Process, Nigel Lockyer, Fermilab Director

14:30-15:00         

CERN and the European Strategy in Particle Physics, Salvatore Mele, CERN

15:00-15:50        

How Latin American research funding agencies could work together on sharing and strategizing on Research Infrastructures? (Part I)

Oscar Cóbar Pinto, General Secretary, CYTED (session chair)

João Luiz Azevedo, President, CNPq, Brazil

Sebastián Eslava, Director of Innovation and Technological Development, Colciencias, Colombia

Claudia M. Guerrero Monteza, Directora de Cooperación Internacional, SENACYT, Panamá

Benjamín Marticorena Castillo, CONICYT, Peru

15:50-16:15

Coffee break

16:15-17:00

How Latin American research funding agencies could work together on sharing and strategizing on Research Infrastructures? (Part II)

Oscar Cóbar Pinto, General Secretary, CYTED (session chair)

Andres Lopez, NCP of CONICYT for Research Infrastructure, Chile

Martha Rosas, Acting Director for International Cooperation in CONACYT Mexico

Ronald Shellard, CLAF

Jorge Tezon, Gerente de Desarrollo, CONICET, Argentina

17:00-18:00        

Open discussion for next steps - C.H. Brito Cruz and F. Quevedo

18:00

End of Day 1

Day 2, May 1st.            Work of the Preparatory Group (open meeting)

09:00-09:30         

Introduction – Rogerio Rosenfeld

09:30-10:00

European-LA cooperation in HEP, L. Maiani (Universitá di Roma)

10:00-11:00        

Reports from country representatives I

11:00-11:30        

Coffee break

11:30-12:30         

Reports from country representatives II

12:30-14:00        

Lunch

14:00-14:30        

ANDES (Xavier Bertou)

14:30-16:00        

Procedures and timelines for the proposal of a strategy

16:00-16:30

Coffee break

16:30-17:30        

Written outline for a proposal

17:30-18:00        

Closing – Marcela Carena


[1] https://www.segib.org/wp-content/uploads/Declaracion-III-Reunion-de-Ministros-y-Altas-Autoridades-en-Ciencia-Tecnolog--a-e-Innovacion_ES.pdf

[2] https://www.segib.org/wp-content/uploads/III-PROGRAMA-DE-ACCION.pdf