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Emerging infectious diseases are those that newly enter a (larger) population, mostly through zoonoses or emanating from neglected or locally confined diseases that spread to humans or inhabited areas, respectively, and cause public health problems, especially in low-income populations and countries.

The Central America region (Mexico to Colombia, including the Caribbean) possesses one of the richest biodiversities in the world, but is also recognized as a hotspot for the emergence of zoonotic diseases. 

The GLACIER Project

GLACIER is an international project funded by DAAD that aims at leveling regional disparities in Latin America by strengthening emerging infectious disease surveillance, diagnostics and treatment resistances, as well as new vaccine and therapeutics development.


The project is led by a multidisciplinary consortium composed of 9 countries and over 24 institutions. It connects educational and research institutions, the private sector, foundations and ministries from Germany, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama and Guatemala with a wide range of political and health care systems.

keynote Speakers

Head of German Institute for Global and Area Studies, GIGA

Berlin Office and Professor of Political Science


Speaking day: Tuesday 22 - 9:10 am

bert hoffman


Managing Director of the Epidemiology Institute of Diagnosis and Epidemiological Reference, InDRE


Speaking day: Tuesday 22 - 9:55 am

gabriel garcía rodríguez


Executive Director, AMEXCID


Speaking day: Tuesday 22, 10:40 am

laura elena carrillo cubillas


Leibniz-Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), Halle (Saale)

Expert in bioactives development


Speaking day: Tuesday 22, 11:40 am

ludger wessjohann



Innovation Manager


Speaking day: Tuesday 22, 12:25 pm

alejandro farÍas zúñiga


Institute of Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Expert in Antimicrobial Drug Resistance


Speaking day: Tuesday 22, 1:10 pm

josé rivera chávez


Faculty of Chemistry, University of Havana

Principal Investigator & Full Time Professor

Director of Laboratory of Synthetic and Biomolecular Chemistry


Titular Member of the Cuban Academy of Science. President of the Cuban Society of Chemistry (2016-2018) and of the Latin American Federation of Chemical Associations (FLAQ, 2018-2021). His research interests are in the fields of bioactive peptides and natural products, protein bioconjugation and vaccine development. He has more than 100 scientific publications, H-index 36 and 5 patents. He is a co-developer of the COVID-19 vaccine SOBERANA02.


Speaking day: Tuesday 22, 3:00 pm / Wednesday 23, 1:00 pm

daniel garcía rivera


Finlay Vaccine Institute

Director of Research & Development


Member of National Committee of Innovation of the Ministry of Health. Expert on vaccine development, with several patents and more than 50 papers in the field. She has been awarded 2 Gold Medals of OMPI (2022), 3 Annual Health Awards (2006, 2016, 2018) and 6 Awards of the National Academy of Sciences. She has co-led the development and production of preventive vaccines such pneumococcal conjugate and combined vaccines, and the COVID-19 vaccines SOBERANA02, SOBERANA Plus and SOBERANA01.


Speaking day: Tuesday 22 (time to be determined) / Wednesday 23, 1:00 pm

dagmar garcía rivera


School of Veterinary Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Full Time Professor


Speaking day: Wednesday 23, 9:00 am

gerardo suzán azpiri


Institute of Ecology, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Head of the Biodiversity Research Department & Full Time Professor


Speaking day: Wednesday 23, 9:45 am

ella vázquez domínguez


Institute of Virology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (CUB) and University of Costa Rica (UCR)

Expert in virology and emerging viruses in Latin America


Speaking day: Wednesday 23, 10:30 am

andrés moreira Soto


Infectious Disease Research Center, National Institute of Public Health


Speaking day: Wednesday 23, 11:30 am

horacio riojas rodríguez


Infectious Disease Research Center, National Institute of Public Health

General Director Associate

Pediatra especialista en Infectología Pediátrica. Hizo la maestría y el doctorado en Ciencias Médicas en la Facultad de Medicina de la UNAM y un postdoctorado en la Unidad de Enfermedades Infecciosas del Hospital General de Massachusetts y la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Harvard. Trabajo en el Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez (HIMFG) como Infectóloga, y coordinadora del laboratorio de Infectologia y Microbiología Clínica del Departamento de Medicina Experimental de la Facultad de Medicina de la UNAM. Fue directora del Instituto de Diagnóstico y Referencia Epidemiológicos de la Secretaría de Salud, donde se integró a la vigilancia epidemiológica del país y trabajó en la pandemia de influenza de 2009. Actualmente es directora del Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Infecciosas del INSP y es SNI III. Participa en grupos técnicos-consultores y asesores en áreas de resistencia antimicrobiana, enfermedades prevenibles por vacunación y emergentes, presunto uso de armas biológicas, a nivel nacional, e internacional (OPS, OMS, Naciones Unidas, etcétera). Ha sido directora de tesis de alumnos de pregrado, maestría y doctorado. Su trabajo de investigación es sobre patogénesis bacteriana, epidemiología y bases moleculares de resistencia bacteriana, nuevas técnicas diagnósticas y dinámica de transmisión de enfermedades prevenibles por vacunación y emergentes como influenza, Dengue, Chikungunya y Zika y actualmente apoyando a la SPPS y al InDRE en la respuesta a COVID-19.

Speaking day: Wednesday 23, 11:30 am

celia alpuche aranda


Institute for Medical Immunology, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

In 2003, she took over as director of the Institute of Medical Immunology of the University Hospital Halle (Saale). In the beginning of 2011, the Institute was recognised as a "Centre of Excellence" by the international Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies. This makes the Institute one of the leading institutions in this field worldwide.

As part of basic research, she focusses on tumour immunology and tumour biology issues, as well as the identification of candidate biomarkers that can potentially be used as diagnostic, prognostic markers, for testing the response to therapeutic measures or even as therapeutically useful target structures.
In the translational research area, she is conducting various research and immunomonitoring projects, including international projects, some of which are closely linked to clinical studies. Here, the focus of the ongoing work is primarily on the effect and development of resistance to targeted therapeutics and their effect on immune cell subpopulations.


Speaking day: Wednesday 23, 12:15 pm

barbara seliger


Institute of Virology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (CUB)

Expert in virology, focusing on new and emerging viruses


Speaking day: Wednesday 23, 3:00 pm

jan felix drexler



UNAM Botanical Garden Auditorium is located within the Institute of Biology, about 100 m from the main Institute of Ecology building.

UNAM Botanical Garden Auditorium

Institute of Biology

University City CU, National Autonomous University of Mexico


CP 04510, Mexico City


Day 1


Talks on Public Policy, Pharmacological / Medical Interventions and Ongoing GLACIER Projects

8:30 am - 4:45 pm

Day 2

wednesday 23

Talks on the One Health Concept, Public Health Perspectives and Ongoing GLACIER Projects

8:30 am - 4:45 pm

Day 3

thursday 24

Workshops on Immunology and Natural Products and Environmental Monitoring of Microorganisms

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Download the program in PDF



November 22-24, 2022

National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM

glacier international symposium


organizing commitee

Ana E. Escalante


Institute of Ecology, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Barbara Seliger


Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Ludger Wessjohann


Leibniz-Institute of Plant Biochemistry Halle

Jan Felix Drexler


Charité Berlin

Andrés Moreira Soto


Charité Berlin

Daniel García Rivera


University of Havana

MUAC contemporary art museum

MUAC is first Mexican museum created exclusively for the display of contemporary art. It is at the core of UNAM's University Culture Centre (Centro Cultural Universitario) and only a few minutes from our symposium venue, so you can't miss it.

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 hours


University Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Universitario)

University City, (Ciudad Universitaria, C.U.), UNAM

Av. Insurgentes Sur 3000, Coyoacán

CP 04510 Mexico City

Image: Saint Gobain


This concert hall is recognized as one of the best in Latin America and the world. It is home to the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra (OFUNAM) and continuously hosts events with international guests. It is located within the UNAM University Cultural Center, only a few minutes from our symposium venue. If you wish to attend one of the season's concerts, you can purchase tickets directly from the hall's box office or on this website.


OFUNAM November program:

University Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Universitario)

University City, (Ciudad Universitaria, C.U.), UNAM

Av. Insurgentes Sur 3000, Coyoacán

CP 04510 Mexico City

Image: Amigos OFUNAM

unam botanical garden

Next to the Pedregal de San Ángel Ecological Reserve (REPSA, by its acronym in Spanish), a unique ecosystem in the world, is UNAM's Botanical Garden. This garden is part of the reserve and it's considered an ecological buffer zone. 

Its living collections encompass more than 1,600 species of plants native to the Mexican forests, deserts and jungles. The garden is also an academic unit where research is carried out on the diversity, use, management and cultural importance of the Mexican flora.

Free entrance

Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00 and Saturday from 9:00 to 14:00

University City (Ciudad Universitaria, C.U.), UNAM


CP 04510 Mexico City

Image: Gaceta UNAM

josé vasconcelos library

The Vasconcelos Library is a "megalibrary" that has been featured in many art and architecture magazines because of its size and beauty. So far, it has acquired 575,000 books and it was designed to eventually host up to 2,000,000 books.

It's divided in seven levels where you can find various halls for events and expositions, as well as sculptures and digital spaces, a sound library and a garden.

Open Monday to Sunday from 8:30 to 19:30

Free entrance

Eje 1 Nte with Av. Insurgentes

Colonia Buenavista, Cuauhtémoc

CP 06350, Mexico City

Image: My Modern Met

digital culture centre

With an immersion laboratory, activities, workshops and exhibitions, the Digital Culture Centre (Centro de Cultura Digital) explores diverse interdisciplinary expressions of art and technology and its influence on Mexican culture and everyday life.

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00

Free entrance


Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n with Lieja

Colonia Juárez, Cuauhtémoc

CP 06600, Mexico City

Image: México es Cultura

downtown coyoacán

Perhaps the most popular spot for visitors in Mexico City, this neighbourhood is famous for beautiful architecture and its syncretism and mixture of cultures, traditional Mexican food, art and souvenirs. The usual meeting point is the Coyote Fountain (Fuente de los Coyotes) at the core of the Centenario Park (Parque Centenario).

Parque Centenario


CP 04000, Mexico City

Image: Revista Aventurero

PLACES OF interest

Remarkable places you can visit during your stay in Mexico.

useful apps


Help app

Emergency services available 24/7, 365 days a year


Maps and public transport routes in Mexico City


App, live monitoring and maps for free transportation within University City (CU, UNAM)

Collaborating Institutions


Keynote Speakers







Instituto de Ecología

Ciudad Universitaria, CU


CP 04510, Mexico City

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