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Panama

Panama has a long history of scientific cooperation and collaboration with many countries in the world. Strong scientific organizations were established in Panama with their roots in the construction of the Panama Canal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and exist today in the form of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Panama’s national scientific community continues to grow with the National Secretariate for Science Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) celebrating 30 years and an expanding critical mass of researchers working to advance research within the university system and Associations of Public Interest (AIPs) like INDICASAT, CIEPS and movements like Ciencia en Panama.   Many research programs in Panama are funded by international cooperation and several international universities have extensive links with Panamanian institutions and organizations. 

According to the World Economic Forum, Panama is one of the ten most competitive nations in Latin America. Our country is eager to advance its science, technology, and innovation ecosystem by engaging in international efforts and events to promote the importance of research in sustainable and inclusive development. Panama is known as the hub of the Americas, a center for logistics, transportation, and a historic crossroads for travel with great cultural diversity including 7 different indigenous peoples.  The isthmus of Panama is located in the world’s most biodiverse region, linking Central and South America, with unparalleled access to flora and fauna of three different bodies of water, namely the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Chiriquí and Gulf of Panama.  We are honored to host the Sustainability Research & Innovation (SRI) Congress, the world’s largest transdisciplinary gathering for the global sustainability community.