About 63 scholars participating in the IKIAM Amazon University Workshop (IAUW) contribute to the academic development of the institution. In December 1rst representatives from the most prestigious universities in the world arrived to Ecuador to participate in IAUW – which is going on at Misahaulli (Napo) .
As part of their schedule, during their stay in Ecuador, the morning of December 2, 2013 , scientists and scholars toured the historic center of Quito. The tour started at the Independence Square where they learned about the liberation wars of the country , including: the first Independence uprising of Ecuador in August 10, 1809.
In the colonial town they visited the Carondelet Palace where the President of the Republic, Rafael Correa, performs his duties. Other visited places were the Museum of the Cathedral of Quito ,the Company Church, San Francisco Church and its Museum , and the Basilica Church.Holger Fischer, German expert in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development , said he was fascinated by the rich cultural heritage of Ecuador . “We are here to get to know the country and IKIAM , to learn how this great project progresses and that will now have the support of experts from various countries ,” said Fischer.
Another Ikiam Workshop attendee who enjoyed the tour of the historic center of Quito was Lauren O’Connell of Harvard University . “I have come several times to the city but it is the first time I know about its history ,” said the specialist ecological diversity. Her expectation on the Workshop is to work among several academics and researchers in building IKIAM. “I am excited to be part of the integration and unification of science in the new university” she said. In the afternoon , scientists and academics moved to Misahaulli – Tena , where today IKIAM Workshop was inaugurated.