We celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Inspiring the Future Female Scientists

On February 11th, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day dedicated to promoting the full and equitable participation of women and girls in the field of science, fostering gender equality, and nurturing innovative spirit from an early age.

This special day not only acknowledges past achievements but also underscores the importance of promoting the participation and leadership of women and girls in science and technology. Gender equality in these fields is crucial for driving innovation and addressing the most pressing global challenges.

One of the most significant aspects of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is the recognition of the need for female role models. Having female role models in science is essential to inspire and empower young women to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), as well as to challenge the gender stereotypes that persist in these fields.

At IdISSC, various activities were organized to focus on the role of women in the scientific field. Some activities took place in different schools, and there were also online talks and other activities that occurred in person at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos throughout the week.

February 9th: Presentation and workshop on Women and Girls in Science at a school in Boalo. (Mª Cruz Rodríguez-Bobada González del Campo, UMECE)
February 16th. Women and Girls in Science, Researcher for a Day in Experimental Models.

Grupo de Investigación Enfermedades NeurológicasFisiopatología y terapéutica neurológica del INA (NEURO-INA-IN) and UMECE.

With different workshops:

Laparoscopic surgery workshop. Exploring new therapeutic alternatives in neuroscience. Neuroescape room: ‘Neonatal acquired injury and future treatments in a rat model’. Extraction of DNA from a banana. Determination of blood groups.

Activities at the Hospital School

February 14th: “And all this… what’s it good for, teacher?”

Visit from an engineer, Inés Vincuería Moreno, currently working as a Project Engineer for the company Becton Dickinson (BD) in the Medical Devices division, who shared her personal experience and answered questions from the children admitted to the hospital.

Online Activities:

January 26th. Scientists Like You. Organized by: CIEMAT – Hospital School

“Scientists Like You at CIEMAT” took place on January 26th, 2024. It consisted of a virtual meeting where four young researchers from CIEMAT shared firsthand their projects, concerns, experiences, and future expectations.

Additionally, on February 15th, the MINA-CM Project, to which the Innovation Unit belongs, organized the event “Researchers from MINA-CM and CTB in Innovating in Feminine: Women at Montegancedo.”

Researchers participating in the MINA-CM project and from CTB showcased their work to young people aged 14-18 through engaging workshops, challenges, talks, and a debate on their individual research experiences in “Innovating in Feminine: Women at Montegancedo,” organized by the IMDEA Software Institute in collaboration with CTB, E-USOC, and CBGP.

Lucía, Ana, Marta, Blanca, Giulia, Alba, Marta, Sofía, and Belén explained their research in various biomedical technologies in an engaging and accessible manner for teenage audiences in the workshop “From Spiders to Brains: What is Biomedical Technology?”

For more information, visit the MINA-CM website.

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