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22 July 2015

Women science scholars, scientists to be celebrated at NSTW ‘15In honor of the critical contributions of women in science and technology, the Department of Science and Technology will feature outstanding science-scholar graduates of the Philippine Science High School and Science Education Institute as well as those awarded by the National Academy of Science and Technology in the upcoming National Science Technology Week in July this year.

Dubbed as “She for We”, the exhibit will highlight 20 dynamic women in the fields of biotechnology, applied physics, astrophysics, forensic science, engineering, mathematics education, science leadership and entrepreneurship, among others. 

Among the featured women scientists is Dr. Reinabelle Reyes, a Filipina astrophysicist; Dr. Corazon de Ungria, a multi-awarded forensic scientist; Dr. Ma. Antonia Arroyo, notable pioneer of biotechnology entrepreneurship.

SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo said the “She for We” is a fitting way to celebrate the positive impacts of Filipina scientists provide in various sectors of the country. She said the exhibit aims to entice the youth and girls, most especially, to choose science and technology as a career path.

Biyo added that in its most recent study, DOST-SEI found that there is gender equality in the Philippine S&T landscape as there has been a very few difference in the number of men and women working in science since the 1990s. She noted that this fact is unique with the rest of the world as most countries’ S&T scene remain male-dominated. Hence, Biyo hopes that the exhibit will inspire more women to join the science community.

The National Science and Technology Week will happen from June 24 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City as organized by the Department of Science and Technology.