What Impact Will Mexico’s Election of a Scientist President Have?

First Female Mayor of Mexico City Takes Over, Sparking Scientific Community Debate on Impact on Science and Research

Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, the Mayor of Mexico City, made history on September 17th, 2019, by being the first woman to lead the nation. Before entering politics, Sheinbaum Pardo had a background in environmental engineering. Despite her scientific background, she has chosen to follow the policies of her predecessor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. This has sparked debate within Mexico’s scientific community about the potential impact of her leadership on science and research in the country.

Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, a reporter at Science Magazine, discussed with Ira the complexities of this election and how scientists in Mexico are responding to it. While some are optimistic about the impact Sheinbaum Pardo may have on science and research, others are concerned about the continuation of unpopular policies. It remains to be seen how her leadership will affect the future of science and research in Mexico.

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