TWAS-ROLAC, the Regional Office of TWAS for Latin America and the Caribbean started its activities in June 2004, following the signature of an agreement between the Academy of Sciences for the Developing Word (TWAS) and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC). Under this agreement, TWAS-ROLAC is based at the Brazilian Academy of Sciences headquarters in Rio the Janeiro.

The Regional Office seeks to enhance the communication between TWAS and its members in Latin America and the Caribbean, to coordinate the activities of the Academy and its National Chapters in the region, and to encourage the launching of new activities for the promotion of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean. Among its activities one should stress the organization of Conferences for Young Scientists, covering various scientific topics, as well as the attribution of Prizes to the very best young researchers in the region.

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