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Building bridges for equity in science

CRAG researchers participate in the celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11th of February

Science and gender equality are vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and reaching them requires the full and equal access and participation of girls and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. At CRAG, this 11th of February we join the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to inspire and promote scientific vocations among female primary and high school students, while sparking visibility and recognition of women in science-related fields.

Thirteen CRAG female researchers will participate in the #100tífiques initiative, organized by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI) and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), with the collaboration of the Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya. In its fourth edition, this event has paired nearly 500 female scientists and technologists working in both in public and private institutions with school groups from 6th grade of primary school and 1st grade of secondary school (11-13 years old). In this way, schools throughout Catalunya will have the opportunity to meet and connect with real and close models, thus favouring a more direct and reciprocal relationship between science and society. The researchers, who have participated in a series of training sessions, will offer talks both in person and online, a double format that allows to bring STEM disciplines closer to schools all over the territory regardless of their proximity to research centres and universities.

The CRAG female researchers participating in the event range from PhD students to group leaders and CRAG director: Natalia Achkar, Teresa Altabella, Raquel Álvarez, Silvia Fornalè, Clara Julián, Natalie Laibach, L. Maria Lois, Mani Deepika Mallavarapu, Ana Montserrat Martín-Hernández, María Ribaya, Nerea Ruiz, Camila Sánchez and Núria Sánchez Coll.

During this quarter, the Pablo Ruiz Picasso High School (Barcelona) hosts the photographic exhibition Who investigates plants?, which is part of the Sowing Curiosity project, with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) – Ministry of Science and Innovation. This scientific outreach initiative aims to give more visibility to plant biology and to break stereotypes associated with researchers. Complementing the exhibition and on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, two CRAG female researchers will offer talks at the high school that hosts the exhibition, in which they will talk about their scientific research, their hobbies and their life personal in a close and informative way.

In addition, CRAG has supported the Wikimarathon organized by the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), an event that took place last Tuesday, February 8, with the aim of closing the existing gender gap on Wikipedia, which affects the perception about the figures of women in science. During the event, both biographies of female scientists and researchers, as well as articles on different disciplines where the scientific contributions of women are not sufficiently reflected, were edited, created, translated and improved.