María Guadalupe Carolina Alduvín Sainz

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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras

México City, june 17th, 1955; Biology major, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, 1979; M. Sc. in Genetics and Developmental Biology, West Virginia University, 1982; Professor of Genetics and Biochemistry, UNAH 1983-2014; Cheif of Biology Department, UNAH, 1987-1991; Honduras representative at LatinAmerican BioSciences Network RELAB 1990 – Honduras representativa in LatinAmerican Program on Human Genome, 1990; Environmental Analyst in Honduran Natural Resources Ministery, 1997 – 2002; Coordinator of Biology Majors Program UNAH,2004- 2006; Member of National Academy of Sciences, 1990, Secretary 2000; National Committee on Biotechnology and Biosafety, 1997; Focal point of WfS program at IANAS, 2014; Member of Honduran delegation to CBD and Cartagena Protocol, 2014, 2016, 2018; Honduran team member to iGEM Synthetic Biology contest at MIT, 2014; Leading researcher of Hondran team in iGEM, Boston MA, USA 2015; Coordinator Honduran team to chapter in IANAS Food and Nutrition S., 2017.

IANAS Survey 2018

Name:  Carolina Alduvín

IANAS Program: Women for Science

Date:  June 27th


Questions to the Focal Points of the Programs:

  • Are there activities in your country similar to the IANAS program? Please describe which, listing meetings, publications, other materials and/or initiatives.

Our scientific activity tends to be general, it is not used to have only or mainly women events, not even in disciplines where women are majority. When scientific careers promote themselves in festivals or in high schools, we address both young men and women and invite them to our disciplines such as Biology, Physics, Math and Chemistry. Medicine, Engineering and Microbiology have large numbers of aspirants with no promotion at all.

Each set of professionals, program their annual meetings all year long, from time to time each discipline organizes a Central American event; physicians organize general and specialized meetings all year round.

Publications are scarce in general, now with virtual publications is even more difficult to see printed material in scientific matters, no even in newspapers where spaces have a fee to appear.

Universities organize general scientific meetings yearly including social sciences, almost none is gender oriented.

  • Are there national activities related to the IANAS program planned for the near future (2 years horizon)? Please describe.

In general, we do not have resources to undertake large activities related to the IANAS programs, we in the Academy use to organize small groups (any way we are not that many) for lunch and plan or discuss our issues.