The Latin American Congress of Probability and Mathematical Statistics, or Congreso Latinoamericano de Probabilidad y Estadística Matemática, in Spanish, had its inception in the 28th Annual Convention of the Venezuelan Association for the Advancement of Science, organized in 1978.

An invited speaker to that Convention, Klaus Krickeberg, at that time President of the Bernoulli Society, proposed to the Venezuelan colleagues the formation of a Latin American branch of the Bernoulli Society. Two years later, the Simón Bolívar University celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a series of Symposia that included one devoted to Probability and Mathematical Statistics. Thanks to Enrique Cabaña and Mario Wschebor, both from the Simón Bolívar University, and José León of the Central University of Venezuela, the United Nations Development Program supported the Probability and Mathematical Statistics Symposium. It allowed the assembly of an important number of Statisticians and Probabilists from Latin America.

That was the outline for the constitution of the regional Bernoulli Society's branch: the Latin American Society of Probability and Mathematical Statistics, or Sociedad Latinoamericana de Probabilidad y Estadística Matemática, (SLAPEM). Among its founders, it was natural to think of the Society as the means for exchange, collaboration and cooperation between Latin American probabilists and mathematical statisticians, leading to the general agreement that the SLAPEM should have a regular congress: the Congreso Latinoamericano de Probablidad y Estadística Matemática (CLAPEM), or Latin American Congress on Probability and Mathematical Statistics.

The Probability and Mathematical Statistics Symposium that took place for Simón Bolivar University's Anniversary was to be considered the first CLAPEM. Since then, 14 editions of the Congress have taken place in ten different countries of Latin America: Venezuela, Uruguay, México, Argentina, Chile, Perú, Colombia, Cuba and Brasil.

Nowadays, CLAPEM is considered the most important meeting in Probability and Mathematical Statistics for scientists in Latin America, and many names can be associated with its history: of course Enrique Cabaña and Mario Wschebor; Federico O'Reilly, Víctor Yohay, Luis Gorostiza, Pablo Ferrari, Xavier Guyon, Joaquín Ortega, Andrea Rodnitzky and Ernesto Mordecki, among many others.

The CLAPEM has also proved to be an important event for the promotion and growth of the fields of Probability and Mathematical Statistics in our Continent, because of the participation of lecturers and keynote speakers from all over the world, such as Professor Krickeberg himself, Tom Kurtz and Xavier Guyon. On the other hand, CLAPEM has received many young researchers and graduate students, promoting Probability and Statistics among the national communities in the countries where it has taken place.

The XV CLAPEM will take place in December 2019 in the City of Mérida, in the Mexican state of Yucatán. Read about this attractive and historically relevant city in the VENUE section.

Previous CLAPEMs:

Caracas, Venezuela, 1980
Caracas, Venezuela, 1985
Montevideo, Uruguay, 1988
Ciudad de México, México, 1990
Sao Pablo, Brasil, 1993
Viña del Mar, Chile, 1995
Córdoba, Argentina, 1998
La Habana, Cuba, 2001
Punta del Este, Uruguay, 2004
Lima, Perú, 2007
Naiguata, Venezuela, 2009
Viña del Mar, Chile, 2012
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 2015
San José, Costa Rica, 2017

 

This text was based on information by Enrique Cabaña, Pablo Ferrari, Ernesto Mordecki, Federico O'Reilly, Joaquín Ortega and Mario Wschebor (September, 2003) at http://www.cmat.edu.uy/~mordecki/historia-clapems/