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With a keynote speech on the challenges of women in science, the rector of the BUAP closed this event held from November 10 to 12

By sharing with her peers the experiences in her work as a researcher for 40 years, and the challenges that women face in this field, the rector Lilia Cedillo Ramirez made a call to give priority to support, sisterhood, courage and confidence to achieve a promising future in science, technology and innovation. The foregoing during his keynote address at the closing of the IV Congress of Researchers of the SNI and Ibero-Americaheld at the BUAP from November 10 to 12.

With the presentation “The challenges of women in science”, Dr. Cedillo Ramírez concluded the activities of this meeting, which brought together more than 6,000 researchers from 28 countries, whom she congratulated for facing obstacles in their career. academic.

“Researchers are always people who think about what they will do and once they plan and achieve their work, new projects arise, that is why they are tireless with their goals and everything seems to indicate that challenges never end in their professional lives. They are all women who inspire because they have come a long way, facing obstacles with great fortitude and courage.”

“Winning spaces in science was not easy”

During her speech, the rector of the BUAP spoke at first about the trajectory of women in science throughout the centuries. She mentioned that winning spaces was not easy, since the female position has been characterized by inequality. In this regard, she mentioned that since 1901, 961 Nobel prizes have been awarded and only 61 have been for women. Regarding certain areas of knowledge, such as the so-called hard or exact sciences, only twice in Mathematics has this recognition been for female figures.

Despite this, he mentioned that the participation of women in science is outstanding, recalling figures such as Hypatia of Alexandria, a mathematician born in the fourth century; Marie Curie, the first to win a Nobel in 1903; Lise Meitner, responsible for nuclear fusion; Jane Goodall, the foremost primatologist who ever lived; Katherine Johnson, African-American mathematician who pioneered spatial computing; Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, French biochemist, Nobel Prize winner in 2018 and a decisive figure in discovering the virus that causes AIDS; Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering nerve growth factor; and Katalin Karikó, a Hungarian biochemist, whose studies on RNA were the basis for vaccines against SARS-CoV-2.

After making this acknowledgment, she highlighted that female participation in science remains in a position of disparity, since according to the OECD, women represent only 28 percent of research personnel in the world; while UNESCO points out that barely 35 percent of science, technology and mathematics students are women, in addition to the fact that the dropout rates of professions linked to these areas are higher among women than among men.

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