The host of CILAC 2018 will be Panama City, Panama. This pioneering initiative was established in 2016 by the UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Montevideo, with the support of regional and national stakeholders. The forum takes place every two years and alternates from one Latin American and the Caribbean city to another.

CILAC 2018 is formulated around the motto “Science Connects”, an aphorism suitable for the host city, home to one of the great engineering achievements of the 20th Century…the Panama Canal. This 77km long artificial waterway connects North America with South-America, the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.

From the 22nd – 24th of October, 2018, Panama City will be home to the  2nd edition of the Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, developed within the framework of the 2030 Agenda of the Sustainable Development.


In partnership with:

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Regional Office for Sciences for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNESCO Montevideo)
  • National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Panama – SENACYT
  • Municipal Government of Panama City
  • Council of Rectors of Panama
  • Association of Universities Groups Montevideo (AUGM)
  • Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB)
  • Ibero-American University Council (CUIB)

With the support of the Panama Canal the forum is designed to contribute to building a regional agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean, that strengthens science, technology and innovation policies, aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as showcase the latest STI advances in the region.


100+ Activities

20+ Countries.

240+ Panelists.

140 International Experts.

5 Tables of Ministers.

20+ Public Activities in the City.


30,000 visits to the website from 160 countries.

100,000 People contacted via Twitter during the forum.

23,000 Facebook hits during the forum.

120 + Press releases and online news sites in Latin America and the Caribbean.