The International Student Energy Summit 2017 is hosted by the world’s most dynamic countries, respected universities, and inspiring cultures. SES2017 will take place in Mérida, México.
México is a magical place with a multicultural heritage. It is the 11th most populated country in the world, with an estimated population of 121 million people. Its 2 million square miles make it the 14th largest country worldwide. It is also the 14th largest economy thanks to its thriving industry.
Mexican society combines many cultures from all over the world, but we remain proud of our original ancestors: Aztecs, Olmecs, Mayas, and Zapotecs to name a few. These mother cultures gave us an invaluable cultural legacy. Some of their cities, such as Tenochtitlán, were the largest and most active urban areas at the time of contact with European explorers. To this day, México’s urban centres and natural wonders entice people from around the world. México is the 10th most visited country by international tourists and the 1st in Latin America. México has 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS),which include the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s Central Campus. México ranks 6th in the world for the most WHS sites, and 1st in all of America.
UNAM is one of the most important cultural projects worldwide. Its roots date back to 1551, making it one of the oldest universities in America, and today, with over 300,000 students, it is the 15th largest university in the world. The University has thousands of buildings spread across the country dedicated to teaching and research.
UNAM has a faculty of more than 37,000 professors, including 11,000 full time researchers. It is thanks to this inspiring faculty that UNAM produces the most scientific research of any Latin American universities. Energy research is, of course, an important topic that the University takes very seriously.
The Renewable Energy Institute of UNAM (IER-UNAM) performs basic and applied scientific research on energy, with an emphasis on renewable sources. The Institute boosts the development of sustainable technologies and disseminates its acquired knowledge to improve our communities, country, and the planet.
Outside of Mexico, UNAM alumni have also stood out. Mario Molina, Octavio Paz, and Alfonso García Robles have each won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Literature, and Peace respectively. Of the nine Mexicans that has been awarded the Asturias Prince Award, all studied at UNAM. Similarly, all Mexican winners of the Cervantes Literature Award, the most prestigious such award in Spanish speaking countries, are UNAM alumni. The University is a highly regarded and consistently top-ranked national and international school.
The state of Yucatán, located in South East México, is the heart of the Mayan culture and is a land of cultural legacy, great traditions and friendly people. The regions history and beautiful scenery draws you into a magical world full of stories, legends and delicious food. This land never ceases to amaze. Here, textures blend the past and present into a combination of colors and flavors; history and modernity coexist here like in no other place around the world.
Mérida exemplifies the very best of Yucatán and is the epicentre for exploring all aspects of the Mayan World. More than four centuries ago, the White City became the center of the political, economic and cultural activities in the Caribbean. Mérida was founded in 1542 above the Mayan city of Tho. During the colonial period, the city became the headquarters of the Spanish government in the peninsula. Today museums, parks, markets and outdoor cafes make Mérida a fascinating and cosmopolitan city steeped history.