November 30, 2023

Hotel Caribe Hilton, San Juan

November 30, 2023

Hotel Caribe Hilton
San Juan

What to Expect: The New Frontier of Opportunities

The summit aims to create a space where one can learn about the intersection between space exploration, technology, and research. As we look forward to boosting Puerto Rico’s role in the global space economy and innovation sector, we strive to bring together experts, entrepreneurs and decision makers to continue educating the island’s population through the 5th edition of this event. 


Experience a merger through panels with field experts that have made possible advancements in space economy, technology, innovation, and research.


Participate in numerous networking opportunities that will make possible the exchange of ideas, experiences, and skills through collaborative learning. 


Learn about the advancement in Puerto Rico’s global impact through initiatives that stem from the intersectionality of microgravity, bioscience, and entrepreneurship.

Past Events

The Forward Summit stands as the premier showcase of science in the Caribbean.

Since 2016, this yearly event facilitates participants to engage with professionals and experts in sectors like Agriculture, Biotechnology, Renewable Energy, Engineering, Cybersecurity, Medicine, Public Health among many others. Through events like this, the Research Grants Program, supported by the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust can pave the way for impactful discoveries and support the growth of science and technology in Puerto Rico and beyond. 

Relive the past editions of the Forward Summit!
See some key moments that left an impact on our scientific and research community.


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This year NEW topics


Joseph M. Acaba
Chief of the Astronaut Office
NASA Astronaut
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Eng. Lucy A Crespo
Chief Executive Officer of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust
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Andreica Maldonado
Research Grants Program Director at the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
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Machelle Sanders
Secretary of Commerce, North Carolina
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Richard DalBello
Director, Office of Space Commerce, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Quincy Brown, Ph.D.
Director of Space STEM and Workforce Policy, Office of the Vice President of the United States
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Wanda Díaz-Merced, Ph.D.
AstroParticle and Cosmology (APC) laboratory at the Centre for Scientific Research, France
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Marla Pérez Davis, Ph.D.
Former Director, Glenn Research Center, NASA
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Paul Reichert, PhD
Associate Principal Scientist at Merck Research Laboratories
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Yajaira Sierra Sastre, Ph.D.
Sustaining Lunar Development (SLD) Crew Mockups Lead, Blue Origin
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Shelli Brunswick
Chief Operating Officer
Space Foundation
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David Thomas
Executive Director, Milo Space Science Institute
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Ray Lugo
Chief Executive Officer
International Space Station National Laboratory
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Ada Monzón
Founder and President, Board of Directors – EcoExploratorio, Inc.
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Ingrid Padilla, Ph.D.
Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Creative Endeavors, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
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José Castro Segarra
Senior Business Development Officer, Department of Economic Development & Commerce of Puerto Rico
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Jorge Morales
Deputy General Manager
Pratt & Whitney Puerto Rico
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Luis Ramos
P.R. Research & Technology Center Site Leader
CSA COE Engineering Sr. Director Honeywell Aerospace
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Pedro R. Nieves
Director Puerto Rico Center of Excellence (PRCOE)
Lockheed Martin
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Jose Molina
Aerospace Engineer Consultant
Co-founder of the Puerto Rico Space Foundation
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Sheilla N. Torres-Nieves, Ph.D.
Director, TurboLab: A Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence at UPRM
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Axel Garcia, Ph.D.
PRatian LLC
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Amilcar Rincon-Charris, Ph.D.
Principal Research Engineer, Telecommunications
Collins Aerospace
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Gerardo Morell, Ph.D.
NASA PR Space Grant Consortium and PR NASA
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Fernando Pabón, AIA, CAAPPR
Program Director, Caribbean Center for Rising Seas
Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
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Alejandro Mieses
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
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Seetha Raghavan, Ph.D.
Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Luis Torres
Co-Founder at Engine-4 CWS
Partner with T-mobile 5G & NB-IoT Innovation LAB Puerto Rico And US Virgin Island
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Ubaldo Córdova, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
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Michelle Martinez Montomayor, PhD.
Associate Professor
Universidad Central del Caribe
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Gian L. Ortiz Perales
Business Development Associate, Colmena66
Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
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Valentina Pirazzi
Project Manager, SBIR-STTR Grant Program
Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
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Miguel O. Román, PhD.
Senior Director and Chief Scientist
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Steven Wolfe
President and Co-Founder
Beyond Earth Institute
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Heath J. Mills, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
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Call for Abstracts

We invite students, researchers and entrepreneurs to submit an abstract for a poster presentation to be held on November 30 at the Forward Research & Innovation Summit. This summit event aims to advance Puerto Rico’s role in the global space economy and innovation sector. While this summit will address topics focused on the intersection between science and space, we invite abstracts in any science-related field.

The deadline closed on October 27, 2023.
Thank you to all the submitters!


Sonia Jimenez

Leslie Ortiz

Nicole Marrero
Ines Alvarez
Gilmarie Mendoza
Frances Zenon
Wilma Rivera
Felix Navas

Dayanara Belen

Dariana Morales

Catherine A. Abreu Vargas, EsD

Carlos I. Gomez Borges

Alexandra Espinal

Adriana Perez

Hotel Caribe Hilton San Juan, PR

The Forward Summit will be held at the Caribbean Hilton Hotel, located between old San Juan and the modern city of Condado. A convenient and vibrant tropical setting for a day full of innovation, learning and networking!

About us

The Puerto Rico, Science Technology and Research Trust is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to invest, facilitate, and build capacity to continually advance Puerto Rico’s economy and its citizens’ wellbeing through innovation-driven enterprises, science, technology, and public health. The Forward Summit is also powered by the Research Grants program, dedicated to providing critical source of competitive financial support for fundamental research and commercialization activities. For more information, contact

Andreica Maldonado
Program Director

Grace M. Rendón
Program Specialist