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Dr Adriana Thomé

Senior Technologist at the International Cooperation Office of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Brazil and 2023 UNOOSA Space for Women Mentor.

The SpaceInfo Club had the pleasure to ask Dr Thomé about two very important topics nowadays: gender equality and the increasing role of Brazil inside World's Space environment. This presentation is just a preview of what you'll see inside the next editoins of the SpaceInfo Magazine, so make sure to join the club!

Can you share insights into your role as a Senior Technologist at the International Cooperation Office of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Brazil? How does your work contribute to the development of space-related initiatives?

First of all, I would like to state that I am giving this interview in my personal capacity, therefore the statements and views that I expressed in this interview do not necessarily represent the views of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI) in the matters discussed. Getting back to the subject, my main duty at the International Affairs Office at MCTI is to give assistance in the institutionalization of MCTI´s international cooperation initiatives, particularly in relation to the participation in global multilateral agreements, mainly with focus on the space sector, so that MCTI can better contribute: (1) to the coordination of Brazil's activities in the areas of science and technology; (2) to the promotion of scientific and technological development and (3) to the sharing of data, information, services and knowledge. In a daily basis I participate in the following activities: (1) preparation and negotiation of agreements with foreign institutions; (2) participation in international meetings and events; (3) preparation of technical notes and reports; (4) support and organisation of international meetings and events and (5) attending demands from national and foreign bodies.

As a 2023 UNOOSA Space for Women Mentor, how do you see the role of mentorship in promoting gender equality and inclusivity in the field of space science and technology? Can you highlight any specific initiatives or success stories? 

I consider mentorship to be an important tool in the search for gender equality and inclusivity in science and technology, as it provides direct career counselling from a more experienced professional to young professionals. This plays an important role in the encouragement of the mentees in regard to difficulties they can suffer in the beginning of their professional lives, enhancing the chance of their permanence and eventual success in the career. Besides, mentorship also enables these young professionals to be inserted to a network of connections in the sector that would usually take a long time for them to achieve on their own. In this specific topic I want to highlight the conquest of one of my mentees. Halfway the 2023 mentorship programme, she got the job of her dreams. Obviously, this achievement is not only the result of the mentorship. However, I believe that the mentorship certainly improved her self-confidence and helped her to face this new challenge with the certainty that there is room for everyone in the sector. In this sense, it is very important as well that the mentor pays attention to which are the mentees´ needs and expectations with their careers and with the mentorship programme itself, in order understand how it is possible to help.


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