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April 2012 issue

The Lynn Margulis Centre for Evolutionary Biology at the Galapagos Islands

San Cristobal island, Galapagos

The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador announces the Lynn Margulis Galapagos Centre for Evolutionary Biology which will be located on San Cristobal island, in the Galapagos archipelago. The new Centre has been named after Lynn Margulis, the outstanding evolutionist who recently passed away and whose seminal work in the role of symbiosis changed our understanding of the biosphere.

The goals of the Centre include:
(a) establishment of an international society of Spanish: Spanish and Portuguese speaking scientists, teachers and students from Latin America, the USA and Europe, devoted to the promotion of the study of the question of the origin and evolution of life, and to encourage and facilitate the exchange of scientific data on the subject; (b) promote the teaching and outreach activities facilitating the exchange of updated scientific data among teachers and students of Latin America and the immigrant Hispanic community in the USA and other countries, using electronic and internet educational resources; and© promote research in the understanding of biodiversity in Latin America and of the evolution of emerging diseases and evolution of microbial pathogens. (d) organize meetings, workshops and courses pursuant to these and related goals.

Professor Antonio Lazcano, the distinguished scientist and well-known author from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, has accepted to lead the Lynn Margulis Centre. He will be assisted by a scientific council that will include scientists from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and other countries, including several Nobel laureates. For more information email Prof. Lazcano alar@hp.fciencias.unam.mx

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