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With more than 25 years’ experience, Julia Tagüeña is one of the most renowned Mexican scientists of her generation. She began her career at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where she did research in materials physics. Since then, she has also worked to promote science.
Tagüeña led UNAM’s General Directorate of Science Popularization. She was also director of Red-POP, the Latin American and Caribbean network for science and technology popularisation,
Tagüeña is currently the deputy director for scientific development at Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology.
In this interview, she talks about women’s role in Mexican science, the challenges Mexico faces in promoting gender equality and why researchers should do more to spread knowledge to non-scientists.