The Caribbean region is rich in resources, perhaps the most important of which are its people, said several speakers at the AAAS Caribbean Division Annual Meeting, held virtually Oct. 23 and 24. Accordingly, the meeting highlighted the work of scientists in the Caribbean region and explored how to best draw upon its next generation of scientists to strengthen the role of STEM in the region.
One of three AAAS regional divisions, the Caribbean Division has fostered collaboration among scientists from Puerto Rico, Central America, the islands of the Caribbean Basin, Venezuela and southern Mexico since 1985. Its purpose is to fulfill the AAAS mission throughout the region. The division’s multilingual meeting convened those in the region and beyond to highlight the work of the Caribbean scientists at the Puerto Rico Seismic Network and the public health experts and epidemiologists responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. Presenters and attendees also focused heavily on the meeting’s theme of “Beyond Resilience: Building a Strong Caribbean.”