On February 11, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science will be celebrated all over the world. Adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 2015, this Day – also under the patronage of UNESCO – aims at promoting the results and celebrating the achievements of women working as researchers in the so-called STEM disciplines, i.e. in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Although these fields are regarded as crucial to national economies, so far most countries have not achieved gender equality in these disciplines.
The Day of 11 February is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened, tackling one of the most important challenges of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, with Goal 5 focused on filling this gap.
Inspired by this principle, on 12 February 2024, the Committees for Equal Opportunities of the Italian Space Agency, of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics, of the National Institute of Astrophysics, of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, of the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), of the National Research Council and the Women in Aerospace Europe Rome Local Group association will organize a meeting at the headquarters of the Italian Space Agency, addressed to students of secondary schools to present the experiences of young students who are attending the first years of university and young researchers in STEM disciplines.
The morning session will be moderated by representatives of “La Scienza Coatta” and will have a rich programme: video pills on STEM, on gender stereotypes as well as a video of an experimental cosmologist researcher currently working in Antarctica to assemble a telescope will be broadcast.
The event is also accessible remotely on the Teams platform by clicking here.