The Royal Society of Canada: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada,The Mexican Academy of Sciencesand The US National Academy of Sciences
New Horizons in Science
After Symposium Information
Dear New Horizon Organizers,
I wanted to send a brief follow-up email to thank you all for organizing such a wonderful event. It was an extremely positive and stimulating experience for me, and I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to join you all in Mexico City. I'm confident that the meeting will gain momentum in the coming years, as it provides an ideal venue to share stories of successes and failures across borders, and I can see how many strong ties will get forged in these interactions.
As I mentioned during the brief discussion that we had at the end of yesterday's meeting, I believe that the formation of a working document, resulting from the meeting minutes, would be extremely beneficial in moving forward. Recognizing that many of you will pass on your positions in the coming days/months, a written record of our thoughts, proposals and concerns could provide constructive and important continuity. I would also echo some of the thoughts that were raised regarding more specified topics or themes for future meetings, which may focus discussions. That said, I am very supportive of the format that you organized for this event, since the broad exposure across disciplines was very eye opening (although at times, I would argue that the 20 min presentations were too detailed as to be appropriate for such a general audience). In the future, I would recommend complementing the open format with more focused discussion sessions amongst the individual groups, which might create a forum to establish more directed projects/collaborations. In addition, a proposal to increase mobility across the borders in the form of a co-signed letter to the various Academies might provide a tangible goal in the short term. I believe that exchange programs for doctorate, post-doctorate and undergraduate researchers is already up and running between Mexico and California, but I am unaware of similar programs between Canada and Mexico. Clearly, an excellent opportunity for increased collaboration exists.
I look forward to future opportunities of working with each of you, and would like to thank you once again for your time and efforts in organizing this event.
Jean-Philip LumbAssistant Professor, Department of ChemistryMcGill University, MontrealQuebec, Canada
I hope this email finds you well. As an attachment (and included below in an e-mail friendly format) is the LAUNCH announcement. LAUNCH is an open innovation initiative that foster breakthrough ideas for a more sustainable world. My STAS colleague Dr. Nancy Jackson has been working on this challenge in Green Chemistry. It is particularly timely given that one of the topics in the New Horizons meeting focused on Green Chemistry. Could you please share with conference participants? Also, for other colleagues, could you please share with your networks? If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Nancy Jackson (Cc’d here in this email).
Thank you and have a good day.
Franklin A. Carrero-Martínez, Ph.D.Acting ESTH CounselorEnvironment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) SectionU.S. Embassy Mexico City
New Horizons Green Chemistry Participants:
Hi. I hope you made it back home safely from the New Horizons in Science Symposium.
I am writing first to thank you for your participation in the meeting. I think that the Green Chemistry session (both the long and short talks) went extremely well. And, our level and quality of participation during the other sessions was laudable. Thank you for making me look good as an organizer! In fact, all of the sessions were of high quality and I, personally, learned a great deal.
With the goal of advancing and sustaining this New Horizons Symposium, I am proposing to all five session participants that we each hereby label ourselves as "North American New Horizons Fellow, 2014". As the New Horizons website evolves over time, I am hoping that there will be a permanent record of the participants each year. From this a network can be developed that specifically ties together scientists in the participating countries. This is a strategy adopted by the Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposia, for which participants earn the moniker "Kavli Fellow" and are encouraged to list this on their resumes. The US National Academy of Sciences often uses the Kavli list as a source of young scientists to represent them at various functions. And, it is my vision that the growing New Horizons list can also serve as a source of talent for the three corresponding Academies.
It was great to meet and interact with you in Mexico City. Attached are two photos of the (remaining) Green Chemistry group, taken on Monday. I look forward to future interactions, especially on advancing the front of Green Chemistry!
Stephen A. MillerAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry, University of FloridaGainesville, Florida
Thank you so much for organizing the New Horizons workshop. It was a great experience to meet so many other young scientists in the Americas and learning about their research. I think the meeting initiated good discussion and potential collaborations. Thank you again!