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Tuesday, October 23 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Implementing Advanced Light Source Facilities in Latin America and the Caribbean for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development

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Organizing institutions: 
  • International Union of Crystallography
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, IUPAP
  • Lightsources for Africa, the Americas, Asia and Middle East Project (LAAAMP)
Synchrotron Light Sources are the most sophisticated example of an open and multidisciplinary research infrastructure. They are comparable to super microscopes that probe the inner structure of matter. They produce very intense pulses of light, with wavelengths and intensities that allow detailed studies of objects ranging in size from human cells to viruses and proteins, down to atoms, with a precision that is not possible by other means. They allow researchers to investigate the structure and properties of a wide range of materials, from proteins ‒to provide information for designing new and better drugs‒ to probing novel materials for biotechnology, analysing soils for green agriculture, to engineering applications, and the examination of archaeological artefacts.
Because of their high costs and multidisciplinary use, Advanced Light Source (AdLS) facilities provide strong opportunities for integration through networking and cost-sharing, and promote multi-disciplinary collaboration with the wider global community, while promoting science diplomacy and peace at large. Thus, light sources have become prime enablers of scientific and technological progress and innovation, conducive to sustainable development in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
AdLSs have revolutionized research in many science and technology disciplines, leading to a proliferation of facilities worldwide. The website lightsources.org has links to some 47 facilities in 23 countries in various stages of operation, construction or planning. However, the UVX at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS) is the only synchrotron facility operating in Latin America. Interestingly though, such a facility has generated so much in terms of scientific and technological activities, job opportunities, collaborations at the national, regional and international levels that as a result of this process of expansion, the new facility Sirius is currently under construction at the LNLS.
Discussions have started about the construction of AdLS facilities in other countries in Latin America, such as Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba. The session will showcase how AdLSs have successfully contributed to the socio-economic development of countries and regions, with particular reference to the Brazilian and SESAME experiences, by creating international scientific communities, improving education and creating new job opportunities.

Organizer & Moderator
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Michele Zema

Executive Outreach Officer at the International Union of Crystallography and LAAAMP Executive Committee
BSc in Chemistry - 1993; PhD in Mineralogy and Crystallography - 1997.Researcher with habilitation for Full Professorship at U. Pavia, Italy and Executive Outreach Officer at the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), UK. He was Project Manager for the International Year of... Read More →

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Graciela Díaz de Delgado

Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography
Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in 1959, Prof. Díaz de Delgado carried out undergraduate degree studies in Chemistry at Universidad de Los Andes (ULA) in Mérida, Venezuela. She obtained M.A. (1985) and Ph.D. (1988) degrees in Chemistry from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, USA... Read More →
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Richard Charles Garratt

Full Professor, São Carlos Institute of Physics (IFSC), University of São Paulo
Richard Garratt has been on the academic staff of the São Carlos Institute of Physics since 1992. As a biological scientist by training, he is almost unique in Brazil for holding the position of full professor in a physics department. His post-graduate training was undertaken in... Read More →
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Diego G. Lamas

President of the Latin American Crystallographic Association
Licenciate in Physics - University of Buenos Aires - 1992; PhD in Physics - University of Buenos Aires - 1999.Principal Researcher at the Argentine National Research and Technical Council (CONICET, Argentina) and Associate Professor at the Science and Technology School of the National... Read More →
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Carlos Cabrera Martinez

Chair of the LAAAMP Regional and Usage Committee for the Caribbean
Dr. Carlos R. Cabrera was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras (UPRRP). In 1987, Dr. Cabrera obtained his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry (Photoelectrochemistry) at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York nder... Read More →
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Abel Moreno

LAAAMP Regional and Usage Committee for Mexico and Coordinator of RedTULS, Red de Usuarios de Luz Sincrotrón
Dr. Moreno was awarded with the B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico) in 1990; the Ph.D. in Chemistry was awarded from the University of Granada (Spain) in 1995.Nowadays, Dr. Moreno is full Professor of Biological and Physical Chemistry at the Institute... Read More →

Tuesday October 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Salón Darién Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall