CEDENNA organizes numerous outreach activities, including conferences, talks, competitions, schools, seminars and exhibitions, to present its work to the general community, generating greater interest in science among the youth of our country.
In total there are 5 teams awarded by the 2019 version of the contest that seeks to highlight, through audiovisual shorts, the importance of the contribution of women in the different fields of science.
The National Video Contest of Chilean Women in Sciences, organized by the Center for Mathematical Modeling of the University of Chile, the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the University of Santiago de Chile and the Chilean Academy of Sciences, announced to the winners of the School and General Public categories in its version number IV. Along with this information, they also published the audiovisual shorts that obtained honorable mentions and the winners for being the most voted by the public.
The contest is aimed at promoting the image of women who, with their scientific work and in their daily lives, contribute to the development of the country. The contest invites to show in a playful and interesting way to women who, from some area of science, impact the development of our nation.
The importance of the dissemination of science by women
Since 2016, the Chilean Academy of Sciences, Cedenna and CMM, sponsored by the Inter-American Network of Academies of Flat Sciences, have organized this event to make visible the scientific work carried out by women, who on many occasions have not been recognized for their hard work.
The jury for this event was made up of the Minister of Science, Technology and Knowledge and Innovation Andrés Couve; the Minister for Women and Gender Equity; the president of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, Cecilia Hidalgo; the director of the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM), Alejandro Maass; and the director of Cedenna Dora Altbir.
Cecilia Hidalgo, 2006 National Award for Natural Sciences, highlights the importance of revealing the access of girls and young people to scientific knowledge: “everything starts from a basic premise: women have the same potential to create knowledge as men. I think that if we agree with that, we must take measures to remedy the low participation of women in science, which we are going through at the moment. ”
That is precisely one of the objectives of the contest, which seeks to motivate girls and women to develop their science skills. In Chile, women averaged 38% of science-related contracts between 2011 and 2017.
“This contest stimulates discussion on a central theme in the development of our society, which is the incorporation of women in all activities of human endeavor, with the same opportunities as men. Properly in science, the incorporation of women makes half of the human brains available in the search for knowledge and does justice to this half, because knowledge is a tool that grants power, ”said Patricio Felmer, National Prize. of Exact Sciences 2011 and president of the Organizing Committee of the contest.
For the 2019 National Exact Sciences Award and Cedenna’s director, Dora Altbir, this contest was launched precisely to sensitize public opinion about the absence of women in areas that were culturally considered masculine and whose stereotypes must be overcome. This topic, in the context of a pandemic, has become more important because Chile needs all the efforts: “We hope that the people who watch the videos enjoy learning about the work being done by Chilean scientists, learn about their contributions in different areas” and adds that ” together we work to create a new cultural vision, more inclusive, more generous, more collaborative and that incorporates all people, valuing their abilities and talent ”.
The winners of the first place in the School Category are Julieta Bacigalupe, Josefina Sabat and Maria Gracia Paluchonneau from the German Institute Carlos Anwandter of the Los Ríos Region, with the short film titled “Mi camino a la Ciencia”.
While the students who took second place were the authors of the project “Everything can be, always”, Fernanda Ulloa, Catalina López, Isidora Sánchez and Constanza Castillo of the American British School of the commune of La Florida in the Metropolitan Region.
The School Category Public Award went to Biodiversity and Nature: A New World to Keep Discovering, by Daniela Barraza, Polett Guerrero, Fernanda Calderón and Constanza Rojas, from Colegio Cumbres Del Choapa, Coquimbo Region.
The audiovisual shorts that will receive Honorable Mention are “Bacterias al Rescate” from the Villa Jesús de Coelemu School in the Bío Bío Region; “Science, education and gender” from the María Teresa Cancino School in Santiago; and “Chiloé, beyond the limits of the home”, from the Liceo Bicentenario de Ancud in the Lake District.
In both the first place for the category “Public General” was for the audiovisual piece entitled “Retribution and Development”, by Nydia Castro Vásquez from the Metropolitan Region, which was also awarded the Public Prize in this
category. In second place was the video by Ricardo Cartes Velásquez, entitled “Research at the service of Inclusion” of the Bío Bío Region.
The projects that will receive the Honorable Mention diploma in this category were “Deciphering Oceans: Present, Past and Future” by Volker Diekamp, Nils Strackbein and Olivia Edith Vergara from Talcahuano; “Curiosity … may it never end”, by Erica Soto, a native of the Metropolitan Region; and “Dr. Claudia Ortiz: Plants and Bioremediation ”by Carlos Valdés, Andrea Arraño and Juan Becerra from the commune of Santiago.