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August 28, 2003

Sigma Xi Forum in Los Angeles to Focus on International Research Collaboration

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- Nobel laureate Norman E. Borlaug, Mexican Academy of Sciences President José A. de la Peña and Third World Academy of Sciences Executive Director Mohamed Hassan are among the illustrious speakers for the 2003 Sigma Xi Forum, Science and Engineering: Keys to International Understanding, to be held November 12-13 in Los Angeles.

They will be joined on the program by Jaime Parada Avila, director general of CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) in Mexico, and National Medal of Science recipients Francisco Ayala and Peter Raven, as well as other distinguished international scientists.

The 2003 Sigma Xi forum will be held in conjunction with the Society's annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles (Macy's Plaza). Visit the forum link above for program updates and secure online registration.

An internationally acclaimed agronomist, Borlaug will present the annual McGovern Lecture as the recipient of Sigma Xi's 2003 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award. He is a professor at Texas A&M University and a long-time Sigma Xi member.

The latest in a series of national and international forums on topics at the intersection of science and society, the 2003 Sigma Xi Forum will serve as the culmination of Sigma Xi's Packard International Science Networking Initiative and the bridge to the Society's future international programs.

Plenary topics include scientific outreach of global organizations; regional efforts and scientific development; and scientific capacity and communication with Mexico.

All forum sessions will tie into the role of scientific and engineering communication and collaboration as an enabler for international understanding.

After each of the three plenary sessions, thought-provoking concurrent sessions are scheduled to allow for more interaction and discussion on specific themes within each topic.

Forum participants will range from high-level leaders of international scientific organizations to young, practicing researchers and students from different countries, a combination of Sigma Xi members as well as non-members.

The conference will be an opportunity not only to convene the organizations and individuals with a vested interest in the issues of international science communication and collaboration, but also to discuss the current programs for using science to improve international understanding and to find new ways to collaborate to improve scientific communication worldwide.

Speakers and moderators include:
Mary T. Kalin Arroyo, Full Professor of Biology, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Francisco Ayala, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Norman Borlaug, Nobel laureate and Distinguished Professor of International Agriculture, Texas A&M University

Mohamed Hassan, executive director, Third World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy

Jaime Parada Avila, director general, CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología), Mexico.

José A. de la Peña, president, Mexican Academy of Sciences, and director, Institute of Mathematics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City

Peter Raven, director, Missouri Botanical Garden, and president, Sigma Xi

José Sarukhán, national coordinator, Mexican Commission on Biodiversity, and professor, Institute of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City

Gerson Sher, president, U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Arlington, VA

Forum attendees are invited to submit one-page abstracts on international networking or collaboration programs in their chapters/institutions for publication in the Forum International Resources booklet.


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