The Mexican Academy of Sciences was founded in 1959 as a non-governmental, non-profit organization of distinguished scientists, in all fields of research. Since that date, the Academy has grown in membership and influence. In 2003, it has more than 1,621 members in exact, natural and social sciences. The Academy represents a strong voice of the scientists of different areas, particularly in science policy.
Its mission and purpose is to serve as a spokesman for the scientific community with society and the Mexican state; to foster the development and consolidation of the Mexican scientific community; to promote scientific research, training and dissemination in Mexico, and, to promote and direct exchanges with scientific organizations and communities in other countries.
Organizational Structure: Board of Directors: President, Vice-President, 2 Secretaries and a Treasurer. Since 1989, the membership of the Academy is integrated in the following 10 sections: Agronomy, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics and Social Sciences.
Major current activities are science promotion and dissemination; Membership affairs; Awards and incentives for scientific research; studies and projects; exchange programmes; meetings and symposia; national and International relations; relations with the mexican legislative Congress.