Visitor Services Office

Join our
diverse
community

More than 1,400 scientists from around the world do research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama every year.
Our vibrant international research community collaborates on hundreds of projects at remote field sites and in our laboratories in Panama City.

Visitor Services Office

Join our
diverse
community

More than 1,400 scientists from around the world do research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama every year.
Our vibrant international research community collaborates on hundreds of projects at remote field sites and in our laboratories in Panama City.

Visitor Services Office

Join our
diverse
community

More than 1,400 scientists from around the world do research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama every year.
Our vibrant international research community collaborates on hundreds of projects at remote field sites and in our laboratories in Panama City.

You are here

Registration Process Overview

The planning and registration process varies depending on your research needs. We strongly recommend you register as far in advance as possible (at least four months) due to the high demand for housing, laboratory space and equipment, and in order to obtain research and import/export permits in time. Below you will find all you need to know to make your stay productive and to successfully conclude your visit.

Register for Research

All principal investigators, fellows and interns must register with the Visitor Services Office to start a research project or join an existing one.

Plan your visit

Reserving lab space, finding housing, obtaining reseach permits, arranging logistics and fulfilling immigration requirements are a few of the common things that visitors need to address ahead of arrival.

While you are here

Checking in, navigating STRI facilities, getting around Panama, and grocery shopping are all part of a typical visit.

Checking out

Following these few key steps will help you successfully wrap up your visit.

Visitor Service Office

Our team is here to help you with your logistics and administrative needs so you can focus on your research.

Vanessa Bernal

Vanessa Bernal

VSO Manager
bernalv@si.edu

Taisha Parris

Taisha Parris

Administrative Assistant
parrist@si.edu

Aristóteles Villegas

Aristóteles Villegas

Reservations & Housing Technician
villegasa@si.edu

Scientific Permits Office

Our Scientific Permits Office handles all permits related to your research that are required by the government of Panama and the Smithsonian Institution. Please contact us well in advance of your proposed research dates to discuss your permits needs.

Juan Maté

Juan Maté

Manager for Scientific Affairs and Operations
matej@si.edu

Zurenayka Alain

Zurenaika Alain

Scientific Permits Officer
alainz@si.edu

Lil Marie Camacho

Lil Marie Camacho

Scientific Permits Officer
camachol@si.edu

Emergencies

Security information or issues.
+507 212-8911/8211

Fellowships, Internships & Field courses

Applications for research permits to local government authorities.
+507 212-8253
fellows@si.edu 

Herbarium

Information on STRI’s plant specimens
+507 212-8138

 

Office of Information Technology

For technical troubleshooting
strihelp@si.edu

Library

Books and reference material;
open to the public
+507 212-8113

Bookstore

STRI books and educational gifts
+507 212-8029

Communications Office

Communicates STRI research and recent publications
+507 212-8111

General Inquiries

Main reception and call routing
+507 212-8000

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