Concurso de Videos Mujeres Chilenas en Ciencias award ceremony invited women to ‘take over’ the science

Concurso de Videos Mujeres Chilenas en Ciencias award ceremony invited women to ‘take over’ the science

The awarded videos portrayed the scientific work of Chilean women in key areas for the country such as tsunamis detection, climate change impact, discovery of planets, and evolution of native species. Both competitors and organizers agreed that promoting a more active role of women in science is still a challenge for Chile.

In a ceremony held at former National Congress in Santiago, the second version of the Chilean Women in Science National Video Contest awarded winners and honorific mentions. The activity was organized by Universidad de Chile Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM), the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Naotechnology at Universidad de Santiago (Cedenna), Chilean Academy of Sciences and the Inter American Network of Academies of Sciences (Ianas).

During the event, the organizers demanded more spaces for women in research for sciences, technology, and engineering. Not only because it is a fair demand for equality but it is necessary to address the challenge Chile will have in the next years. Chile cannot lose talents, they agreed.

A great and decentralized participation

The organizers of the contest valued the quantity, quality, and diversity of the received videos. Almost 300 adults and school students applied 57 short films: 22 in General Public Category and 35 in School Student Category. In this category, el 55% of the videos came from schools from different regions in Chile.

Cedenna Scientist Carolina Aliaga said this contest shows the work of women in science in Chile. In her opinion however it is necessary to increase these efforts. In fact, just 45% of scientists are women in Latin America while this number falls to 33% in Chile.“We are few yet but we are important,” said Aliaga. “This contest is an invitation to knew and get motivated by the interesting issues Chilean women in science are researching.”

CMM director Alejandro Maass deepened in the trouble and talked about the situation of women in his own research area, Maths: “During 21st Century we have created an unbalanced scientific and mathematical community; this loss of women in Math is, of course, unfair from a gender perspective but it is also unfair for the progress of Mathematics itself and the scientific development”.

Maass asked for more explicit efforts to promote the gender equity in calls for applications in Universities’ positions and other situations, as developed countries do.

For Chilean Academy of Sciences vice president and Ianas delegate Cecilia Hidalgo, the contest is framed in the country’s efforts to make more equal the opportunities between men and women in research: “Any initiative that promote the talent of women in science is spectacular for me because traditionally we had a secondary role in science. Current role of women is more recognized every day and they are encouraged to join in the Science. This situation is not exclusive for Chile but for the world. We are moving to understand women can be as brilliant scientists as men. This movement can be slow and we would like to accelerate it, but exists.”

Creative school students

Mujeres por la Ciencia video was awarded first place in School Student Category. The short film was directed by students at Colegio Santa María de La Ligua Valentina Maluenda, Sofía Macaya, and Catalina Morales. It showed the story of astronomer Maritza Soto. She discovered a new planet with five times the Jupiter’s mass.

The second place in the category went to Conociendo a la científica Grisel Cavieres by por Noemí Jiménez Jara and Romina Paredes, students at American British School in La Florida commune.

Four videos were recognized Honorific mention:

  • De las aulas de mi liceo al mundo de la ciencia, by Camila Álvarez and Sebastián Molina, from Liceo A-17 in Yungay municipality.
  • Draw the science, by Stephanie Chamorro, Maite Saavedra, Camila Ávila, and Katalina Araya, from Colegio American School in Peñaflor municipality.
  • María Inés Barría, científica chilena, by Johana Vilches, Francisca Ponce, Anaís Saavedra, and Tamara Acosta, from Héroes de Chile Primary School in Limache municipality.
  • Cómo conocí a una científica, by Katrina Pérez from Colegio Saint Orleand N3, from Cerro Navia municipality.

“One of the reasons because we organize this contest is to open the mind of the students regard to science. Science is a challenging and demanding path but it is full of satisfactions and leave a mark in the world,” said CMM researcher Patricio Felmer, who headed the Organizing Committee.

Enthusiastic General Public

Contra viento y marea, by Gonzalo Sabath y Mauricio Sáez, got the first place in General Public category. The video told physicist Ignacia Calisto, who is developing a system of oceanic watching to understand the sea’s movements and a technology to forecast tsunamis.

Second place went to Alia, by Felipe Oliva, Carolina Oliva y Alia Petermann-Pichincura. The short film highlighted the work of this Valdivian scientist.

Honorific mentions went to other four videos:.

  • Equilibrio, by Laura Davanzo and Christofher López.
  • Estudiando el mundo con la luz, by Paulina Fuentes and Enrique Garrido.
  • La ciencia de explorar, by Gustavo Chiang.
  • Libertad en la ciencia, by Carolina Gallegos.

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Posted on Mar 21, 2018 in Frontpage, News