President of the Congress
The Congress will be held in the city of Mérida, Yucatan. The venue will be informed shortly.
The Directorate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in its bulletin UNAM-DGCS-228 of March 13, 2020 informed to the university community that it would discourage the carrying out of academic activities with extracurricular character planned to be developed in the coming weeks.
The authorities of the Ministry of Health of the Federal Government have made an estimate of at least 12 weeks to enter the final phase of this epidemic in Mexico.
At the time of writing these lines are approximately 6 months before the start of our Congress.
The City of Mérida, is the capital of the state of Yucatán. It has a rich Mayan heritage, as well as a strong colonial legacy. The Cathedral of Mérida, similar to a fortress and the Church of the Third Order, of white limestone were built as was the custom of the colonizers with remains of the ancient Mayan temples. The Casa de Montejo, a 16th-century mansion, is an iconic site of colonial Plateresque architecture.
It is a city with a remarkable vocation for the organization of large-scale events. In the year 2000 the city was named American Capital of Culture by virtue of the impulse it has given to cultural activities, being the first city to receive such distinction which was awarded again in 2017. It has also hosted several events of an international educational nature: the International Mathematics Olympiad in 2005, the International Computing Olympiad in 2006, the International Physics Olympiad in 2009. It has also hosted other international events such as the II Summit of the Pacific Alliance in 2011. In 2014 the city hosted the VI Summit of the Association of Caribbean States, receiving more than 25 heads of state. In September 2019, the city hosted the XVII Laureate Summit for the Nobel Peace Prize, an international organization initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1990s, bringing together more than 30 laureates including Lech Wałęsa, Rigoberta Menchú, Jody Williams, David Trimble, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkul Karman, Kailash Satyarthi and Juan Manuel Santos. The NGO International Committee of the Banner of Peace granted the recognition of "City of Peace" to Mérida, due to its outstanding social security. Its proximity to several sites of great archaeological value (such as Chichen Itza) make it a tourist destination.