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For science in Latin America, ‘a fascinating challenge’

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Science  14 Aug 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6505, pp. 753-754
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6505.753

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  • RE: For science in Latin America, ‘a fascinating challenge’
    • Juergen K. V. Reichardt, Adjunct Professor, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine/ James Cook University

    I fully agree that, of course, health comes first!
    However, Latin America and the Caribbean simply need a world-class research university. It would propel research on the continent into the future and create a culture of investigation at first-class level. Research and innovation would advance the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the region.
    The wonderful people of Latin America and the Caribbean deserve a bright future. Research and innovation have advanced so much of the world. Latin America deserves world-class research free of politics, endemic corruption and fluctuating and usually meager funding. Therefore, a first-class research university to power Latin America and the Caribbean forward should be a priority for the continent as it may be beyond the reach of individual countries.

    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • RE: Science in Latin America

    Science in Latin America

    I read the article about the challenges being faced by the scientific community in Latim America with great concern [see Rodrigo Pérez Ortega and Lindzi Wessel, For science in Latin America, ‘a fascinating challenge’, Science, 369 (6505), 753-754 (14 August 2020)]. I spent a year (starting in October-2001) as a CONACYT-UNAM Post-Doctoral Fellow at Centro de Ciencias Físicas (CCF), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Cuernavaca is about 70km south of the capital Mexico City and is the largest city in the state of Morelos. I was in the group on Mathematical Optics headed by Professor Kurt Bernardo Wolf. The international character of the group was evident from its composition of several international post-doctoral fellows, visitors and tenured staff. All were funded generously by the Mexican agencies.

    Those not familiar with Mexican science are eager to know the reasons for my stay in Mexico, which are as follows. In the community of Mathematical Optics, Cuernavaca is synonymous with Bernardo Wolf and the two Workshops he conducted on Lie Methods in Optics [1-2]. My stay in Mexico was one of the most productive in my carrier starting in India with visits to Europe (including two years as INFN Post-Doctoral Fellow at INFN-Padova, Italy), USA and the Middle East. I had the privilege to work with Prof. Wolf; interact with other researchers; and had the occasion to meet other giants such as...

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