Academic Communities

In its quest to fulfil its mission of “strengthening the development of science, education, culture and innovation in Latin America through the innovative use of advanced networks”, RedCLARA promotes the creation of regional research communities and supports the work done by already established communities. To do this, it not only relies on its powerful network infrastructure, but also provides scientists and researchers across the region with free access to its applications and services, all of them developed in order to strengthen collaboration and networking.

Since its implementation in 2004, RedCLARA has promoted the creation of nearly a hundred research communities of an academic nature. Since 2014, and following a study to understand priority topics in Latin America, RedCLARA gives priority to the following topics and therefore aims to strongly support the research communities adhering to such guidelines:

  • e-Health
  • Education
  • Nanotechnology
  • Economic growth, equity and social welfare
  • Environment and natural disasters


  • Food security
  • Hydrological sector
  • Renewable energy
  • Electronic government
  • Digital libraries


  • Biotechnology
  • Astronomy
  • Archaeology and cultural heritage
  • ICT (Grids/Computer grids)
  • Biodiversity


Why these areas?

Between June and July 2014, the Management Office of RedCLARA Communities conducted an analysis of the priority topics for Latin America and the Caribbean, defined by global and regional organisations such as UN, OAS, IDB, CONCYTED, and different Latin American universities. The information gathered was systematised and after a comparative analysis with the “Study of regional topical priorities” –RedCLARA, 2009-, these were the topics regarded as a priority for the region.

Learn about the lines and fields of study which are part of these priority topics

1) Telemedicine
2) Continuous training trough ICT
3) Electronic patient file or history

1) Quality of education (teaching skills, use of ICT in remote areas, education technology)
2) Citizenship
3) Fight against school drop-out

1) Structural materials and fibres improved by nanotechnology
2) Nanoscale materials for chemical, environmental and energy systems
3) Optical, electronic, chemical, environmental, magnetic and biological sensors, as well as measurement and control systems based on nanotechnology

1) Economic growth with social equity and inclusion through the strengthening of production units, innovation and competitiveness
2) Contribution of ICT to innovation, productivity, competitiveness and economic growth within the context of sustainable development
3) Development of employment strategies and policies for young people

1) Reduction of natural disasters
2) Risk management of natural disasters
3) Promotion of scientific knowledge related to the causes of disasters and of the environmental and technological disasters which take place in societies
4) Climate change

1) Food production, processing and conservation
2) Increase of the added value of agricultural, fishing and aquaculture products
3) International trade of food

1) Water supply and urban sanitisation
2) Effects of climate change on water management
3) Economic effects of water deterioration

1) Search for renewable substitutes for energy development
2) Development of technologies for energy storage
3) Management of radioactive waste

1) Promotion of horizontal cooperation and support for the elaboration of public policies on “e-Government” focused on citizens
2) Training in Electronic Government for Public Managers
3) Training and strengthening Management for results of the implementation of public policies in Electronic Government

1) Promotion of digitalisation, access and preservation of cultural and scientific heritage
2) Interconnection between digital libraries and research networks and high-speed development
3) Creation of a digital information network which meets the needs of information society

1) Creation of and training in Biotechnology Legal Framework
2) Training of human resources in Biotechnology
3) Promote regional research, exchange and cooperation in Biotechnology

1) Astronomical Computing
2) Astrophysics
3) Milky Way

1) Immaterial heritage
2) Conservation of the habitat of endangered animals and plants
3) Heritage Management

1) Development of the networking resources which enable local researchers to have access to High Performance Computing
2) Development of techniques to speed up scientific computing
3) Education on High Performance Computing for the next generation of scientists and engineers

1) Incorporation of Biodiversity’s value into key economic sectors
2) Protection of priority regional systems
3) Promotion of effective governance and environmental policies


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