Nexos was born in 2010 in Washington DC area with members of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, who met periodically in scientific seminars. They also had an active participation in cultural, scientific or official activities developed in Consulate and the Embassy of Chile in Washington DC. This interaction was materialized in the organization of our first Chilean scientist meeting in the United States, Nexos Chile-USA 2010, in dependencies of the embassy itself. In this one-day meeting, we had 70 participants from different cities of the United States and the meeting turned out perfectly. The success of this meeting was expressed with the self-identification of the attendees with this initiative and the creation of the first Nexos Nodes in different parts of the United States. Several successful annual meetings have taken place, including at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and University of Pennsylvania.
At present, Nexos has nodes in 12 different regions of the US, including Washington DC, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Midwest and Bay Area areas, as well as several nodes in formation. We also have a nucleus in Chile, which is particularly important because it represents the vision and mission of Nexos in our country and allows efficient coordination of efforts to generate links between Chile and the United States.
Nexos Chile-USA uses two main strategies to work on these objectives. The first one is communicational, distributing information, news, interviews and job opportunities through social networks, our website and a monthly newsletter. With a database about 600 Chilean scientists in the United States according to our latest cadastre, and a growing number of followers on Facebook and Twitter, it turns out to be a very useful strategy. The second is our annual meeting which normally brings together about 80 Chilean scientists each year at some of the most prominent Universities in the US.
In addition to personal interactions, key when generating networks, and scientific presentations, which allow us to make our work known among the community, during the two-day meeting, we generate instances between representatives of the scientific-political work in Chile and the United States, the personal and work experience of other Chilean researchers abroad and reinserted in Chile is shared. The meeting also includes representatives from a variety of organizations, foundations, government, industry and academia. The audience diversity allows to generate a transversal, objective and constructive discussion, which is very well criticized every year by the audience.
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