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CoHemis was founded in November of 1991 in a conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. It had the participation of delegates from national science and technology organizations from the United States, Canada, and twelve countries from Latin American and the Caribbean. The assembly produced a unanimous declaration creating CoHemis, naming an advisory council to help mold its organization, and endorsing the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico as its site. Since then, other countries have joined the declaration, and their national councils of science and technology have named delegates to the Center.

After NSF funding was finished, the University of Puerto Rico has continued funding CoHemis, together with the collaboration of cooperating institutions, allowing the Center to carry on and increase its level of service based on initiatives for specific activities. Also, the government of Puerto Rico, federal agencies, and the private sector have been backing the Center's activities since its creation. It also benefits from collaborative efforts with Consortium members, international agencies, and entities from other countries of the hemisphere.



Promote and facilitate the development of human resources, technology, and programs that help to organize research and educational initiatives in science and engineering for the benefit of the western hemisphere countries.


  • Increase the industrial competitiveness of the Western Hemisphere.
  • Enhance the science and technology capabilities of the Americas and the Caribbean.
  • Stimulate the protection of the hemisphere’s resources and environment.
  • Increase the knowledge of regional problems of high priority among researchers and educators in the Americas.
  • Increase the number and quality of Hispanic engineers and scientists in the global market.


  • Education Improvement
  • Sustainable Development
  • Bioprospecting
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems


  • Administer the activities related with the CoHemis Consortium.
  • Coordinate conferences, workshops, forums, and short courses in and out of Puerto Rico.
  • Bring administrative support to research and educational projects manage from the office.
  • Coordinate and facilitate educative and investigative exchange of professors and students with other countries.
  • Administer and coordinate the study program with Spain called Olé-RUM.


  • Members of the CoHemis Consortium
  • Professors and students of the entire western hemisphere
  • Researchers of science and engineering
  • Academic administrators
  • Members of several sectors of the society


  • Dissemination of Information
  • Technology and knowledge transfer
  • Coordinate and facilitate exchange visits
  • Collaborate in proposals development
  • Administrative support of international projects



In 1992, CoHemis began to form a hemispheric network of institutions committed to collaborate with the Center’s mission and objectives. Actually, the CoHemis Consortium includes 48 institutions from 19 countries of the Americas, the Caribbean, and Spain. This network constitutes a comprehensive, unique pool of resources for collaborations in science and technology. The international seminars, short courses, workshops and conferences produced by CoHemis and its Consortium result in benefits for the entire Americas. In recent years several efforts have been directed to Europe. Therefore, new collaborations in oceanography have now allowed that two institutions from Spain joined our Consortium.

The CoHemis Consortium consists of 35 universities and 13 institutions of science and technology which are looking to expand their participation in collaborative activities for mutual benefits. The current members of the CoHemis Consortium are:

North America (United States):

• Argone National Laboratory
• Colorado State University
• Georgia Institute of Technology
• Kutztown University
• Lehigh University
• Los Alamos National Laboratory
• Oak Ridge National Laboratory
• Sandia National Laboratories
• University of Florida

Central America:

• Costa Rica-Universidad de Costa Rica
• Guatemala-Universidad Rafael Landívar
• México-Universidad de Guadalajara
• México-Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
• México-Universidad Panamericana
• Panamá-Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá

South America:

• Argentina-INIDEP
• Argentina-Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
• Argentina-Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto
• Argentina-Universidad Tecnológica Nacional
• Bolivia-CONACYT
• Bolivia-Universidad Mayor de San Simón
• Brazil-Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
• Brazil-Escola Politécnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo
• Chile-Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
• Chile-Universidad de Chile
• Chile-Universidad de Antofagasta
• Chile-Consejo de Decanos de Facultades de Ingeniería
• Chile-Universidad Católica del Norte
• Colombia-Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería
• Colombia-Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi
• Colombia-Universidad Autónoma del Caribe
• Colombia-Universidad Industrial de Santander
• Colombia-Universidad del Norte en Barranquilla
• Colombia-Universidad de los Andes
• Ecuador-Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral
• Guyana-University of Guyana
• Perú-Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia
• Perú-Universidad de Piura
• Uruguay-Universidad de la República
• Venezuela-Universidad del Zulia
• Venezuela-Universidad Simón Bolívar


• Dominican Republic-INTEC
• Dominican Republic-SEESCYT
• Haití-Université Quisqueya
• Puerto Rico-University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
• Trinidad & Tobago-University of the West Indies


• Spain-Instituto Canario de Ciencias Marinas
• Spain-Instituto Español de Oceanografía



During its long history CoHemis has published the bulletin "CoHemis...Update", which presents our activities. Recently we published volume 16 and we invite you to read it in order to learn more about us.

You can also visit our web page:

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