30 Jan February 11: International Day of Women & Girls in Science 2018
Although in the last years the global community has made an effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls of all ages in science, women, representing half of the world’s population, continue to be excluded from participating fully in the science. On 22 December 2015 the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in order to achieve full and equal participation of women and girls in science at all the levels (education, training, employment and decision-making processes) and eliminate all discrimination against women.
In Spain, the initiative 11febrero celebrates this day through awareness-raising activities that help to make visible the achievements of women scientists, to inspire girls in the fields of science and engineering, and to promote conducts that favor gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in science, technology and innovation. Among these activities, there are lectures given by women scientists at primary and high schools to encourage vocations among the youngest. These talks are thought for scientists to present their research and comment on their personal and professional experiences. There are also talks to review the achievements of women scientists throughout history.
Two members of the IGFAE will participate in the 2018 edition of this initiative:
- Beatriz Fernández Domínguez with the talk titled “Do corazón da materia ao interior das estrelas: A física de partículas e as mulleres” at IES Luis Seone and IES A Xunqueira II (Pontevedra).
- Inés Valiño Rielo with the talk titled “Buscando las partículas más energéticas del Universo” at IES Ramón Menéndez Pidal (A Coruña).
More information about this initiative in Galicia can be found in https://11defebrero.org/charlas-concertadas-galicia
On December 2017 women make up over the 9 % of faculty members, 27% of postdocs and 24% of graduate students at the IGFAE.