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What is CAPat?

CAPat is a voluntary organisation promoting national and international cooperation in the sciences and the arts, for the socio-economic benefit of Patagonia and the preservation of its natural and cultural heritage.

Perito Dr Francisco Pascasio Moreno

With its base in Patagonia, its teaching and research contacts worldwide, and its long experience in working with the internet, CAPat has good access to local, as well as national and international, knowledge and information, across a wide range of disciplines. CAPat was founded in 1998.

The formation of CAPat was stimulated by research into the lives of the scientific explorers of Patagonia, and the enthusiastic reception Perito Moreno received when he gave an invited lecture to the Royal Geographical Society in London in 1899. In his lecture, now over 100 years ago, Moreno expressed the need, and his hope, for greater international scientific and technical cooperation related to Patagonia, a hope that was strongly applauded.

What is CAPat doing?

Since 1998 CAPat has worked closely with the Centro Cultural Borges, with the newspaper La Nación and with the British Council, in Buenos Aires, with the University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco and Magic Penny Patagonia, and with the Magic Penny Society and Trust, in London. Considerable encouragement has been received from many organizations both in Argentina and abroad.

Children taking notes on Moreno
Museo de la Patagonia, Bariloche

The highlight of 1999 was a highly successful exhibition on the photographs and writings of Moreno held in Buenos Aires and later in Bariloche. In 2000 part of the exhibition travelled to Puerto Madryn and then to Edinburgh at the invitation of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. In April 2001, the exhibition reached London, thanks to the valuable support of the Argentine Secretariat of Tourism.

Tragically before the exhibition had ended, two of the speakers and strong supporters of CAPat, Germán Sopeña and Jose Luis Fonrouge, were killed in an air accident en route to Patagonia. As a tribute a tour of the exhibition to other places in Patagonia, was arranged subsequently.

CAPat has also helped in a small way, in obtaining assistance for the underwater HMS Swift project in Puerto Deseado, and supported Magic Penny Patagonia in the setting up of their bilingual interactive science, engineering and art, project, "Leonardo in Patagonia".


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