"She for We" Exhibit and Career talks by Pinay Scientists at 2015 DOST NSTW


Chosen for their outstanding scientific contributions, Filipina scientists and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholars will be featured in an exhibit during the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) scheduled this July 24-28, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. 

Entitled “She for We: Highlighting the Role, Life and Achievement of Filipina Scientists in the Local and International Scientific Community,” the exhibit is a celebration of the contributions of Filipina science scholars and scientists in the country and the world.

Why the Filipina scientists? 

The exhibit proponents, DOST agencies namely Science Education Institute (SEI), PSHS System and the National Academy of Science & Technology,  rationalize that the science community has been, at different points in time, regarded as a male-dominated body with women relegated to the sidelines.  Despite the vast contributions that the female scientists and engineers have given mankind, they are overshadowed by the gender bias that often favors their male counterparts, the proponents said.
In the Philippines, the ratio between male and female scientists slightly favors the male group.  The latest Human Resource in Science and Technology in the Philippines study by SEI revealed that engineering, architecture and related professions remain male-dominated while medical professions like midwifery and nursing, remain female-dominated.
Career Talk Speakers: Dr. de Ungria (Upper Left),
Dr. Reyes (Upper Right), Dr. Go (Lower Left),
Ms. Arroyo (Lower Right).

Initiatives to create greater awareness is important to bring about a change in culture in the scientific community and show the need to make opportunities that will provide equal access to Filipinas in the scientific community here and abroad, the agency proponents added.

Career talks

Four successful scientists and alumni of the DOST’s Philippine Science High School (DOST-PSHS) will give career-related talks on July 27, 2015 at the Outcome 7 Exhibit Area of the SMX Convention Center.

Morning Session (10:00-12:00)
  • Dr. Ma. Corazon A. de Ungria, of PSHS Main Campus Batch 1985,  head of the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute - University of the Philippines Diliman.
  • Dr. Reinabelle Reyes, PSHS Main Campus Batch 2001, an astrophysicist who led a team that proved Einstein’s Theory of  Relativity on a cosmic level and another team that discovered  900 quasars, the largest number of super massive black holes found. 
Afternoon Session (1:30-3:30)
  • Balik-Scientist Dr. Mary Ann Go, PSHS Eastern Visayas Campus Batch 2000, neuroscientist.
  • Ma. Antonia Arroyo, PSHS Main Campus Batch 1995, CEO and founder of Hybridigm Consulting, the premier and pioneering biotechnology consulting and commercialization firm in the Philippines.


Aside from the aforementioned scientists, the other DOST scholars and Filipina scientists who will be featured in the exhibit are Dr. Gay Perez, Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, Dr. Rosalia Mercado-Simmen, Dr. Cymbeline T. Culiat, Dr. Maria Victoria Espaldon, Dr. Jacq Romero, Maria Antonia Romero, Dr. Lourdes Cruz, Dr. Milagros Ibe, Dr. Ester Ogena, Dr. Aura Matias, Dr. May Lim, Dr. Dolores Ramirez, Dr. Josette Biyo, Dr. Carmencita Padilla, and Dr. Filipinas Natividad.

The exhibit will highlight the role of these DOST Filipina scholars and scientists as pioneers, movers, risk takers, builders, innovators, dreamers, wall breakers, technopreneurs, icons and torchbearers.

Get to know them and be inspired by their lives.  Come and view the exhibition.  Free tickets are available at the venue or call 434-1066, for ticket reservation. For more info, visit: http://nstw.dost.gov.ph/. 

Admission is Free.

Dr. Ma. Corazon de Ungria and Dr. Carmencita Padilla are honorary members of The UPLB Genetics Society.