On the occasion of
its Annual Meeting, in June/July each year, the Section organizes a Symposium on nuclear
subjects of relevance focusing on the importance of such subjects in Latin American
programs. Meetings on Nuclear Power and the Environment, Operation of Nuclear Power
Plants, Nuclear Energy Applications, Strategies for Nuclear Energy Development, were held
lately. The Proceedings of these meetings are being sought worldwide. These Symposia have
gained a good reputation for being representative of the status of nuclear energy
development in the region. When selecting presentations for the Symposium, good quality
contributions by members of the Section have priority for oral presentation. The LAS/ANS
Symposia have been held in different cities of the region (Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Veracruz, Acapulco, Santiago – Chile, Cancun and Los Cabos – Baja California).
Societies Council (INSC): LAS/ANS is a founder
member of INSC. The Section represents the interests of Latin American nuclear
professionals, particularly those who have no national Society to act on their behalf. In
all activities of INSC, the Section takes due care to assure a Latin American
representation. From 1991 to 2002, LAS/ANS has been responsible for the
Secretary/Treasurer, 2nd and 1st Vice Chairmain posts in this organization, and as from
2003 LAS/ANS is chairing INSC.
Pacific Nuclear Council
In 1995, LAS/ANS was admitted at PNC to act on
behalf of the nuclear communities of the Latin American countries not represented in this
The World Council on Isotopes (WCI): LAS/ANS is a founder member of WCI. The Section nominates among its members representatives to act in Governance, and in the Standing and Special Committees of the Council. LAS/ANS members are able to use WCI for in-depth professional information exchange and to derive practical ways and means for their needs of production, distribution and use of radioisotopes.
American Nuclear Society
(ANS): ANS is the parent organization of LAS.
Some of LAS members have been elected to become ANS Fellows. LAS members have held
governance posts at ANS (Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finance Committee,
Nominating Committee, International Committee, Local Sections Committee, Membership
Committee, Special Committee for Nuclear Societies Cooperation, etc.).
United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC): In
2004, LAS/ANS was admitted with Observer Status at this U.N. agency and
its representatives attended the COP-10 meeting in Buenos Aires (December
The LAS publishes
regularly a Newsletter, with news and information on nuclear matters mainly from Latin
American countries. The Newsletter is distributed free of charge to LAS members.
technical courses in different parts of the region, according to members' requests.
Courses in Nuclear Engineering and Atomic Energy Applications were held in the past.
Attendance fees to cover costs of the courses are applied.
LAS has three
annual Awards to recognize achievements in the following areas:
Personality of the Year: For outstanding performance, given to an individual having
contributed to the development of Nuclear Energy of Latin America. The selection of
awardees is international. (Individuals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico and
the U.S. have received this Award).
Publication of the Year: For the technical publication of outstanding quality in the nuclear
area, authored by Latin American individuals or groups. (Authors from Argentina, Brazil,
Cuba, and Mexico have received this Award).
Press Award: For the most accurate and objective press article or report in the nuclear area,
published in the year by a Latin American media organization (newspaper, TV station,
etc.). (Media representatives from Brazil,
Mexico and Chile have received this Award).