On December 3, in the auditorium of the Faculty of Information and Communication of the University of the Republic (Montevideo, Uruguay), the Scientific Events, a Latin American science news program organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean within the framework of the celebrations of its 70th anniversary in the Region.

We are, among others, genes, systems and data... but where are we and where are we going with what we don't know?

Spokespersons from science and scientific journalism spoke with the public about the complex challenges that artificial intelligence, gene editing and data science pose to us today within the framework of the Right to Science of all individuals.

A live news, intended for the general public, to listen and debate together about it.

It was an attempt to collectively deconstruct and construct the Right to Science in an open manner with a wide variety of interlocutors from across the Latin American region. We reflect together on the latest discoveries in these areas and the dizzying processes they trigger, in particular we imagine steps to follow from our citizen and professional capacity to intervene inherent paradigms.

Science communication and scientific journalism are one of our priorities and we are convinced of their relevant role in building an active scientific citizenry. Working hard to disseminate, clarify and defend this human right is everyone's task. It is important to add partners to the cause.


Aleida Rueda

He studied Journalism and Latin American Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); He has a master's degree in Agency Journalism from the Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain, which included an internship at the EFE agency in Cairo; He also completed a diploma in Journalism for Developing Countries from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi. Aleida has been writing articles about science since 2004 for written, digital and audiovisual media. He collaborates for media such as SciDev.Net, TVUNAM, How do you see?, among others. He has won several awards for his journalism, including three national sustainability journalism awards. He also teaches various science journalism courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels inside and outside Mexico. Since 2012, Aleida is the communication coordinator of the UNAM Physics Institute where she has implemented a model based on specialized coverage of physics topics and the generation of her own content, and where she has trained more than 20 students in journalistic coverage. of science topics. Since September of this year, she has been the president of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists.

Andre Biernath

Journalist trained at the Pontifical Catholic University of San Pablo with a postgraduate degree in communication and digital media at the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing. He has been a reporter for SAÚDE magazine, from Editora Abril, for 8 years. For the publication, he won 8 journalism awards and participated in 60 national and international scientific conferences. He is founder and the first president of the Brazilian Network of Science Journalists and Communicators (RedeComCiência).

Antonieta Rodriguez

Graduate in biotechnology and PhD in Cs. Biological, with specialization in microbiology and food biotechnology, specifically, working with beneficial crops to obtain new functional products, at CERELA-CONICET (Argentina), where she is a postdoctoral researcher. He has participated in different national and international scientific research projects in his area of work, with various publications in refereed international journals and a large number of publications in scientific events. In addition, she actively participates in scientific dissemination events and has been collaborating with the ALLBIOTECH network as an ambassador in Argentina for 3 years. ALLBIOTECH is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote biotechnology as an engine of economic development in Latin America, by establishing a network of young leaders from different countries who work on issues related to biotechnology and each year organize events in different countries to update concepts of bioeconomy and cutting-edge biotechnology and, in addition, generate a space conducive to meeting and networking between selected leaders and relevant agents from the academic-scientific, political and economic fields.

Currently, he is doing an internship in the area of technology transfer in one of the technological linkage offices of CONICET, collaborating in bringing scientific-technological developments to different actors in society.

Claudio Martínez Debat

Dr. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Pharmaceutical Chemist, is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Biology of the faculty of Sciences, University of the Republic. He directs LaTraMA (Food Molecular Traceability Laboratory) in the Biochemistry Section. He is the Co-Coordinator of the TÁ Collective Interdisciplinary Nucleus (Transgenics and Agroecological Alternatives), UdelaR. He is responsible for several research projects and funded agreements, including those aimed at implementing the Labeling of Transgenic Foods in Montevideo and Paysandú. Scientific popularizer, he specializes in the interaction between Science, Technology and Society. Transformations Columnist (Radio Sarandí), with “Mobilizing Thoughts”. Musician and composer, he is a member of the band Supernova and has just released his first solo project: Uróboro.

Daniela Hirschfeld

Science journalist since 1999. For a decade she was responsible for the Science section of the weekly “Búsqueda” of Montevideo, and she has been editor-in-chief of the magazine Galería, also for 10 years. Since 2005 she has been regional editor and consultant for Latin America for the SciDev.Net portal. She has a specialization in science journalism as a 2009/10 Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University in Boston. He has worked as a professor of Journalism and Scientific Journalism at the Catholic University and at the ORT University of Uruguay. At this university he created and developed the external communication area. She is a scientific communication consultant for national and international organizations; and author of the popular science book “Minds in Play” (Montevideo, 2017). He is currently a freelance journalist and head of Communication at the Pasteur Institute of Montevideo.

Ignatius Maglio

He is a lawyer, attorney (UBA), graduate in Public Health. Head of the Medical Legal Risk Department of the Hospital Fco. Javier Muñiz.
He is Coordinator of the Rights Promotion Area and President of the Bioethics Committee of the Huésped Foundation and Coordinator of the Bioethics Committee of the Finochietto Sanatorium. He has been a member as an Expert of the Advisory Commission of the National Council of Bioethics and Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of the Nation, (2012) and advisor to the Health Commission of the Honorable Chamber of Deputies (1999-2001 ).
He was Founder and Secretary of the Argentine AIDS Society (1995) and is legal advisor to the Trauma Foundation, the Argentine Society of Infectology and the Argentine Society of Rheumatology. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of UNESCO Redbioethics. He is a member of the Bioethics Council of the International Institute of Human Rights. Chapter for the Americas. 2017. He is Director of the Law Firm “Maglio & Asociados”.
He is the Author of books, works and publications related to Medical Law, Bioethics, Clinical Research and Medical Liability, and organ, tissue and cell transplants.

María Inés Fariello

I have a degree in mathematics (UdelaR), I completed a master's degree in Applied Mathematics, Probability and Statistics option in Toulouse and my doctoral thesis was on statistical tests to detect selection (from genomic data). I currently work at the “Rafael Laguardia” Institute of Mathematics and Statistics of the Faculty of Engineering. My research area is population genomics, for which I study and develop probabilistic and statistical models for the analysis of genomic data.

Omar Costilla

Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Brain + Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Omar's interest lies in developing machine learning models from large-scale neural data to gain insights into how cognition and memory work. Omar's goal is to develop new approaches to study neural dynamics with cutting-edge machine learning methodologies such as deep learning and unsupervised learning. Omar is also leading the organization of the first Latin American artificial intelligence summit to be held at the MIT Media Lab in January 2020. The summit will bring together the main players from industry, academia and government from across the region to discuss the importance and impact that artificial intelligence will have on the region.

Rocío Jaña Prado

Biologist with a mention in Environment and Master in Ecology from the University of Chile, Doctor in Ecology from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and Diploma in Science Communication from the University of Chile. Feminist and defender of human rights. During his postgraduate studies he began to participate in activities to democratize science and knowledge. This has led him to work in Research Centers, the National Museum of Natural History of Chile and the Austral University of Chile. He has extensive experience in creating, managing and executing activities linking science and community, both in academic, school, public and private contexts. Member of the Chilean Researchers Network, currently Executive Coordinator of the PAR Explora of CONICYT Los Ríos Region at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia.

Valeria Roman

Independent scientific journalist and graduate in Communication Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) between 2004 and 2005 and a fellow of the Medical Journalism Program of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003. She publishes her articles on Infobae.com, Scidev. net, El Universal (Mexico), Forbes Argentina, and in the magazines Nature, Science and Scientific American in the USA. She was science and health editor of the Clarín newspaper in Argentina, where she worked for 20 years. She is co-author of the book Darwin 2.0 The theory of evolution in the 21st century. She was vice president of the World Federation of Scientific Journalists (2009-2011), co-founder of the Argentine Network of Scientific Journalism (RADPC). He received two Konex Diploma of Merit Awards in scientific journalism in 2007 and 2017.

Ximena Serrano Gil

She is a science journalist, president of the Colombian Association of Science Journalism and Communication -ACPC-, with a master's degree in Social Communication of Scientific Research of the International University of Valencia and specialization in Communication Management. Is advisor, teacher, researcher and lecturer on topics related to the dissemination of STI and the appropriation of knowledge. In addition, it has an extensive production of articles for magazines, portals and other media. Since the presidency of the ACPC he has dedicated himself to design and implementation of strategies, programs and training projects in journalism and science dissemination for journalists and scientists. She has been a writer, editor, editor-in-chief, communications director, radio program director and scientific dissemination manager for different media and institutions.