BRINGING TOGETHER PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT FROM MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA AND BEYOND

The Falling Walls Engage Hub Mexico brings together Science Engagement practitioners and organisations from Mexico, Central America and the Carribbean. The Hub is hosted by Programa Adopte un Talento (PAUTA), an organisation part of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Engage winner 2021, whose mission is to promote young people’s interest and skills in science across Mexico.

Together with PAUTA, we organised a successful Hub launch on 29 June – 2 July 2022 in Mexico City and Santiago de Quéretaro with our cooperation partners: the Directorate for Communicating Knowledge in the President’s Office of the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM); the Science Communication platform Tlaloque; and the Council of Science and Technology of the State of Quéretaro (CONCYTEQ).

The event was also made possible by our great event partners: C3 – Center for Complexity Sciences (UNAM); Universum – the Science Museum of UNAM; the National Pavilion of Biodiversity (UNAM); and the kind support of the Municipality of the State of Querétaro, the Secretariat of Culture and the Secretariat of Tourism of the State of Querétaro.

To re-experience the Hub launch and learn more about our discussion on Science Engagement and Planetary Health, read our full article here.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Day 1 – 29 June | Mexico City | C3 – Sciences of Complexity Center (UNAM)

  • Meeting and getting to know the group of Science Engagement practitioners from around the world
  • Perspectives on Science Engagement from Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean
  • Visit of the Biodiversity Pavilion (UNAM)

Day 2 – 30 June | Mexico City | Directorate for Communicating Knowledge, Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM)

  • Local and regional experts exchange on Planetary Health research and strategies for engagement
  • Tour in Xochimilco, UNESCO World Heritage Site

 Day 3 – 1 July | Santiago de Querétaro | CONCYTEQ

  • Keynotes and workshops: Science Engagement for scientists and students from Querétaro
  • Science activities for children
  • Closing cultural event

Day 4 – 2 July | Santiago de Querétaro | CONCYTEQ

Wrap up and next steps with Hub participants and partners (half day)

Find out the full Hub Mexico program here in PDF.

HUB SESSIONS IN REPLAY

  • Panel Discussion 1: Science Engagement in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, with Dr. Patricia Magaña Rueda (UNAM) and Dr. Clementina Equihua Zamora (UNAM).
  • Panel Discussion 2: Best Practices in Science Engagement, with Dolores Arenas Venegas (Universum Science Museum); Ximena Aguilar Vega (University of Stirling); Oscar Contreras-Villarroel (Giant Magellan Telescope); and Dr. Benigno Gómez y Gómez (El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR)).

Re-watch the full session here.

  • Keynotes on Planetary Health, with Dr. Carlos Faerron (Planetary Health Alliance); Dr. Sandeep Maharaj (Caribbean Planetary Health Hub); and Dr. Sandra Gallo (Government of Jalisco).

Re-watch the full session here.

We thank our Hub co-hosts and event partners:

Gabriela de la Torre García

Programa Adopte un Talento (PAUTA)

Gabriela de la Torre is the Manager of the Falling Walls Engage Hub Mexico. She has dedicated her professional life to gifted and talented education and holds a PhD in Scholar Psychology and Child Development from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain.

Gabriela is the General Director of the Adopt a Talent Program (Programa Adopte un Talento, PAUTA), a nonprofit organization at the Nuclear Sciences Institute of the National University of Mexico (UNAM). The program seeks to develop the scientific vocation in children and youngsters across Mexico through extracurricular activities aiming at developing scientific interest and abilities.

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