The Alumni Society of Biotechnology Engineering of the Tec in Mexico City, held a panel with women dedicated to science, in order to attract more girls to this area.
Linda Medina, director of the engineering and science division at Tec in Mexico City; Maria Luisa del Prado, Chemical Engineer and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering.
In addition to Ana Castillo, an expert in bioinformatics and nanobiotechnology and medical biotechnology; and the director of PrepaTec bicultural program in the State of Mexico, Cynthia Fernández.
How to bring women closer to science?
The experts agreed that a promotion of science in girls, it will mean that in the future there will be more women in this area.
“The scientific dissemination It is super important, there are many forums to do basic science for boys and girls to foster a love of science.
“You have to make an effort, assume the commitment to the task, the idea is that we promote that we are equal and that women can also be in this area “, Maria del Padro said.
For her part, Ana Castillo urged young women interested in science to scr continued! to overcome any obstacle.
“You have to be persistent and consistent in science. In science things are not generated from one day to the next, It is about being persistent, constant and above all that they enjoy it, because the road is long ”, He said.
Girls and young people in robotics
Cynthia Fernández spoke about her experience as coach of the robotics equipment FIRST FRC and how through this group, he has promoted science.
“My role as a robotics coach is to bring women closer to engineering, the number of girls in the team has not changed so much, but it has changed in the number of women in the engineering area because there are different areas in the team.
“That is something that I have been working on, so that they are convinced that they can achieve it. For young women to stay in engineering, they need to feel safe, included and that there is an equitable division of tasks ”, commented.
For Linda Medina, women who have a managerial position have a great responsibility to promote other women.
“Another of the things we can do, especially when we are leaders is that working conditions are ideal so that women can have the balance between family and work.
“Also the equal recognition and job opportunities“, express.
Women scientists and personal life
Linda Medina expressed that sometimes it is thought that if a woman becomes a scientistShe can only dedicate herself to study, however, she commented that she is an example that all dreams and goals can be achieved.
“In general it was a good experience for me, I have always received support of men and women. Great women of science have been able to have children and raise them well.
“I have three children, my oldest daughter was born with a genetic syndrome, even in that, one learns to better organize your life, your time and you can do whatever you want ”, express.
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