Honduran scientist advocates for better mentors for new researchers – Science

Tegucigalpa, Nov 24 (EFE) .- Honduran scientist Salvador Moncada said on Wednesday that strengthening the research process in science requires better mentors and learning focused on formulating questions.

Although technology improves the analysis processes of academics, it does not replace the foundations of the scientific research process itself, Moncada stressed at the virtual inauguration of the V Central American and Caribbean Biennial Meeting of Research and Postgraduate Studies, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), in Tegucigalpa.

More than 600 academics will present their research work at the regional meeting, organized by the Regional Research and Postgraduate System of the Central American Higher University Council (CSUCA), which will end next Friday, UNAH said in a statement.

The conference will also have the participation of graduate students and researchers from 24 public universities in the region to share the results of scientific production on seven research topics prioritized in the regional development agenda.

It deals with the issues of public health, chronic non-communicable and infectious diseases; development and food and nutrition security; population, education, social inclusion and interculturality; democracy, governance and citizen security; territoriality, risk and local development; renewable technologies, innovation and energy; and climate change and environmental management.

The rector of the UNAH, Francisco Herrera, highlighted the work of the renowned scientist Salvador Moncada, not only for his contribution to science, but also for being a benchmark in addressing the crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic and as a leader of opinion in relation to the difficulties in matters of governance of the country and region.

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Herrera also “celebrated the magnitude of the scientific event, highlighting the broad participation of graduate students, professors and researchers from the region, enhanced by the virtual modality in which the meeting takes place,” said UNAH.

The participants also included CSUCA authorities, the Honduran academic vice-rector Belinda Flores, and the director of the Study System, Armando Euceda.

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