27-29 October 2015 – Panama City, Panama
In October 2015, the IAI and the Government of Panama conducted a workshop
that also included representatives from Uruguay, Guatemala and the US to explore good practices for linking scientific research systems to national development plans.
Amongst the many topics discussed was the issue of expatriate scientists and how they may be (re)integrated towards strengthening a country’s research capacity. The discussions showed how the IAI’s emphasis on international networking in all its funding programs helps harness the strength of researchers for regional science, regardless of where they are based.
This contributes to building the region’s and its countries’ science capacity and knowledge generation. One conclusion is that the free and open flow of information throughout networks of scientists has the potential to contribute to the “brain gain” of national research systems.
Jorge Motta, National Secretary for Science and Technology of Panama