With the aim of achieving full and equitable access to and participation in science for all women and girls, gender equality and their empowerment, on 15 December 2015 the United Nations General Assembly proclaim February 11 as International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Even today, women and girls find barriers of many kinds and sometimes very subtle, which hinder their presence in science, something that is especially evident in the choice of scientific and technological studies by girls.

According to UNESCO, worldwide, girls students pursuing higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) account for only 30%. Worldwide, the presence of women is particularly low in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), at 3%. Natural sciences, mathematics and statistics account for 5% of women and 8% for engineering and construction.

The celebration of this day is an opportunity to organize activities that help visualize the work of women scientists, provide female references and reinforce positive stereotypes in the scientific-technical fields. The initiative aims to bridge the gender gap in science.

Activities organized by the CEAB #11F2022

This year  CEAB has participated in this initiative and 12 researchers have joined. The centers where they will share their experiences with the students and the opportunities offered to them by the world of scientific research are spread over municipalities such as Blanes, Pineda de Mar, Canet de Mar, Hostalric, Breda, Mataró and Lloret de Mar.

The ultimate goal of these talks is to question stereotypes and remove acquired complexes so that girls and boys can be recognized on an equal footing with science and technology. Bringing science closer to the schools in the hands of researchers also makes it possible to visible the work and role of women in the scientific-technological fields and to create female references for the new generations.

In addition to these talks, some researchers have also participated in other activities:

  • Anna Lupon, participated in the #CREAFTalks, with the conference “Towards gender inclusive conference: insights from the 1st SIBECOL meeting”

  • CEAB-CSIC researchers have taken part in an audiovisual production, entitled ‘Marcando el ritmo’ with a double aim; on the one hand, to disseminate the environmental challenges associated with global change that impact on aquatic ecosystems and, on the other hand, to give visibility to the work carried out by scientists in this field. The production can be seen on the CEAB-CSIC YouTube channel.