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#400607 - 02/19/11 09:48 AM Marine Biology Symposium, environmentalists at UB
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A consortium of scientists from Mexico’s most prestigious universities, through the Embassy of Mexico, held an inaugural symposium with local biologists and environmentalists from the University of Belize this week. The purpose of the two-day seminar was to brainstorm the development of an undergraduate program in Marine Biology at U.B. During the meeting, information was also shared concerning research and educational programs among participating universities. According to Marcelino Miranda, Public Relations Officer for the Embassy of Mexico, the first of its kind symposium was beneficial in creating a meaningful effort that will aid in developing and expanding the capacities of U.B.

Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer, Embassy of Mexico

Marcelino Miranda

“This is the first time Mexico and Belize are holding a symposium on biodiversity and the exchange in terms of environment and natural science. For the first time we have a big delegation of Mexican scientists. It’s more than fifteen scientists from the leading institutions in Mexico. They are well recognized in Latin America. They came to Belize especially to dialogue, to present some of their research and especially to extend some of the dialogue with Belizean scientists from the University of Belize. We’re very happy, we are proud of having this symposium because now we are consolidating the exchange and the network that scientists from Mexico and Belize have established. I would like to mention actually that there’s an M.O.U. by the University of Belize and some its institutions like the Mexican Polytechnic, the I.P.N.; this is the leading institution in Mexico, one of the most important. And now we’re looking at the outcome of these efforts not only am I talking about the symposium but also that they have been able to establish direct contacts in order to extend the research and to look to explore to other areas of research.”

Topics discussed at the U.B. symposium included coastal ecosystems as well as pollution research in the Chetumal Bay and the Rio Hondo.


#400612 - 02/19/11 10:07 AM Re: Marine Biology Symposium, environmentalists at UB [Re: Marty]
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Belize and Mexico held the first Symposium on Biodiversity and Natural Sciences
Belmopan, 17 February 2011.- The University of Belize (UB) and the Embassy of Mexico inaugurated today the First Belize-Mexico Symposium for Research Collaboration in Biodiversity and Natural Sciences at the university’s Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan. This event represents an important step in the collaboration between the most important academic institutions of Mexico and Belize.

One of the main objectives of the Symposium is to compile input in developing a Marine Biology Bachelors Program at the University of Belize; share information about research educational programs among the participating universities; and foster meaningful collaboration that will help to develop and expand the capacities of UB and its partner’s research and educational programs.

It is envisioned that areas of potential research collaboration will also be identified as well as linkages that will be forged between researchers from the participating institutions, which will act as a mechanism to promote extensive dialogue and cooperation among Belizean and Mexican scientists.

The opening ceremony held today was headed by Dr. Corinth Morter Lewis, President of the UB, Dr. Ismael Hoare, Provost of the UB, and Mr. Hector Peralta, Chargé d’Affairs of the Mexican Embassy. University professors, staff and students as well as representatives of different organizations also attended. The two day Symposium is organized by the Faculty of Science and Technology, through its Department of Sciences and the Mexican Embassy.

Participants at the Symposium include more than 15 scientists from the most prestigious Mexican institutions in Latin America namely: the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN); the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); the Southern Border College (ECOSUR); and the Research and Advanced Studies Centre (CINVESTAV). Belizean academics will also make presentations. Representatives from France will also be participating. One was a keynote speaker and the other represents the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD).

Participants discuss several topics such as marine pollution, coastal ecosystems, pollution research in the Chetumal Bay and the Rio Hondo, research on sharks, rays and lobsters, environmental education on coastal areas, aquatic ecosystems, rain forest management, sea and coastal areas observatories in Mexico, Belize River Valley Restoration Project, Belize’s Trinational Border with Guatemala and Honduras, biological collections in Belize, plants virus diversity, status of marine ecosystems at Turneffe and large mammal corridor Project, among others.

A documentary called “Oceans” will be shown today at 7:00 p.m. at the UB Jaguar Auditorium. Admission is free and the general public is invited to attend.

Embassy of Mexico to Belize-Press Office


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