Kleinsy Yudrani Bonilla Landaverry
Associated Researcher, Institute of Geosciences, Department IG of Science and Technology Policies DPCT, University of Campinas UNICAMP
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WHAT DO YOU DO?
I study the process of building science and technology capacities in developing countries; and in addition to my research activities, I actively promote the engagement of Latin American women scientists and researchers into communities, particularly in Central American Countries.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I lived for 8 years in South Korea and realized how important science and technology is to explain the economic and social development of this impresive country. As a society, Koreans agreed to work together prioritizing education, investment in scientific research and developinggrass-root technologies to solve major national problems such as poverty, hunger, conflict. From 2007 to 2014 I was studying, working and having a first hand experience in Suwon and Seoul, then... I decided to continue studying science and technology policies but from the perspective of Latin American countries
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
In my home country Guatemala, we do not have a solid tradition of doing research in higher education. It took me a while to understand what was involved in the process of scientific research. I think that having female mentors and women scientists as refereces would have helped me to better choose my major in university. Now I hope to share my experience with as many kids, girls and young women and hopefully offer alternative and out-of-the-box thinking when applying for college
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
Encouraging girls and young women to think on stuying STEM careers is a strong motivation of my volunteer activities. I Chair Guatemala National Chapter of the OWSD Organization of Women for Science for the Developing World and along with a great team of inspiring women, we devote efforts to this purpose.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Build connections with other women, seeking mentorship, avoid isolation
INSPO / FUN FACT
"Women belong to all places where decisions are being made" Ruth Bader Ginsburg