The Dominican Republic has officially launched the national chapter of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), an entity that has Dunia Syed, a physician in quantum physics, as national chair and the National Climate Change Council as host entity. .
The event was held at the Aula Magna of the National Institute of Diplomatic and Consular Higher Education of the Department of State (INESDYC), and was attended by more than 60 Dominican women working in different scientific fields.
During his opening speech at the event, Executive Vice President of the National Climate Change Council and the Clean Development Mechanism, Max Puig, identified that scientific research is a key element in identifying the causes and effects of climate change, so “it is necessary to have researchers in the country to help anticipate potential risks and disasters in the country, associated with the effects of this global phenomenon.
On her part, OWSD’s representative in the country, Denia Syed, highlighted the need to increase the country’s scientific production and women’s participation in said research, as part of efforts to “continue to balance women’s access in all areas of public life, especially in scientific and academic matters.”
Also around the corner was the Dominican Ambassador to Italy, Tony Ravol, who was instrumental in bringing about high-level contacts to end the recognition of national segregation by Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), which is headquartered in Trieste, Italy. .
INESDYC Ambassador and Director, José Rafael Espaillat, also delivered welcoming speeches, while Director of the Marine Biology Research Center of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (CIBIMA – UASD), Gladys Rosado, highlighted the legacy left to new generations. Recently deceased Idelisa Bonelly, who was the first Dominican to join Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and a national scientist.