International Day of Women and Girls in Science

According to the United Nations, there is an existing and persistent gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (usually referred to as the STEM). At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women. Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science.

Woman & Prizes

Even woman represent half of the world population, according to UNESCO data, only the 28.8% of global scientists are woman. When talking about prizes, the situation gets worse: only the 3% of the Nobel Prize awarded in the three scientific categories – physics, chemistry and medicine - are woman. Only 17 woman have been awarded that prize, since Marie Curie first won it on 1903, in comparison to the 572-awarded men.

Globally, only 5% of enrolled students in natural sciences, mathematic or statistics are women; in engineering or manufacturing, they represent only the 8% of the total students. One of the main causes of this is the biases and stereotypes, and the lack of public figures and referents. Female representations onscreen also influence how young girls perceive these jobs; according to the Geena Davis Institute, only 12% of the characters that have a STEM-related job in films are women.

 

Learn more about the gender gap in science visiting the Women rights infographics

We introduce you four of our ICCUB researchers; Anna Ferré-Mateu, Mercè Romero, Assumpta Parreño and Licia Verde. All of them are physicist, working in the fields of astronomy, cosmology and nuclear and particle physics. They develop their research at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences, and work daily at the Faculty of Physic sin the University of Barcelona.

Mercè Romero
Mercè Romero
Assumpta Parreño
Assumpta Parreño
Anna
Anna Ferré-Mateu
Licia Verde
Licia Verde 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercè Romero is an astronomer and one of the members of the Gaia group at eh University of Barcelona. She investigates about the structure and kinematics of the galaxy through Gaia data, and makes predictions based on galactic models.

Assumpta Parreño is a professor of the Faculty of Physics, and deputy director of our Institute. She is a nuclear physicist, and researches about the elementary particles of matter, such as quarks and gluons.

Anna Ferré-Mateu is also an astronomer, and her studies try to shed some light into the puzzle of formation and evolution of galaxies. One of her interest is to understand how sizes, shapes and stellar populations of galaxies change over cosmic time, and their relation with supermassive black holes.  

Licia Verde is a cosmologist, ICREA professor and was awarded with the Catalonian National Research Award of 2019. Licia studies the origin and evolution of the universe, the initial conditions of the primitive universe and dark matter.

The International Day of Woman and Girls in Science was decided by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The day recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is implemented by UNESCO and UN Women, in collaboration with intergovernmental agencies and institutions, as well as civil society partners, that aim to promote women and girls in science.The day's purpose is to promote full and equal access to participation in science for women and girls.

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Dia Internacional dona i nena ciència

Related Activities and News of Project

"Dones i física", the new travelling exhibition elaborated with the collaboration of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona

Language
CA

On Wednesday, September 18th at 18:30 at the Institute for Catalan Studies, IEC, will be presented the exhibition "Dones i física", prepared by the Catalan Physics Society, SCF, a subsidiary of the Institute for Catalan Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Cosmos Sciences, ICCUB, and the Faculty of Physic

ICCUB news
Atomic-Nuclear
Cosmology
Gravitation
Particle Physics

Related Materials of Project

Videos

Why Physics? 291 Woman explain it

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This video is a compilation of all the participations on the Instituto de Física Teórica IFT's initiative #YoFisica, in the frame of the International Day of Woman and Girls in Science.

Author
Instituto de Física Teórica IFT
Language
ES
Videos

Entrevista amb Licia Verde

Resum

Interview with Licia Verde, ICREA research professor at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB). Premi Nacional de Recerca 2018.

Interview
Author
Licia Verde, ICREA-ICCUB
Source
Fundació Catalana per la Recerca i la Innovació, FCRI
Language
CA
Cosmology
Videos

Interview with Alba Cervera

Resum

El món quàntic està format per àtoms, els elements fonamentals de la vida. En ell, el temps i l'espai funcionen de manera diferent al nostre món.

Interview/Discussion
Author
Alba Cervera, ICCUB
Source
Órbita Laika
Language
ES
Atomic-Nuclear