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Emakumeak Zientzian, for the benefit of society as a whole.

The main goal of this edition is to highlight the importance of co-responsibility between men and women to promote a more egalitarian science and technology.

18 | 01 | 2023

Twenty-four Basque entities join forces around project EmakumeakZientzian, thus ratifying their commitment to the objectives of the initiative: to make visible the activity of women in science, to break with the typically male roles attributed to scientific-technical activities and to encourage the choice of scientific careers among girls and adolescents. With these objectives in mind, the entities are joining forces to organize a joint program of activities on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is celebrated every year on February 11.

In addition, this year, the organization wants to focus on the importance of making an extra effort to incorporate all the talent we have into the scientific-technological field, because in this way the solutions to the great challenges we face as a society will come sooner. In this sense, "we want to emphasize that co-responsibility between women and men when it comes to promoting equal professional access and development for all people is unavoidable," say the organizers of Emakumeak Zientzian. For all this, "we want to make a special appeal and invite everyone, regardless of gender, identity, origin, profession or age to participate in the activities," they add.

The programming of Emakumeak Zientzian 2023 will be concentrated in the week of February 8 to 17. An extensive program of more than 50 activities and surprises has been designed, covering various fields of research thanks to the union of different centers, so that the message that 'science is for girls' reaches and permeates the largest possible issue people. In this new edition, the geographical scope has also been extended thanks to the participation of entities from Bizkaia, so that the program is extended in Gipuzkoa and Bizkaia, mainly in the capital cities.

To warm up the engines, this year Emakumeak Zientzian will kick off in a festive atmosphere on Wednesday, February 8 in Donostia, where all the women scientists and technologists who work in the organizations and research centers adhered to the initiative will be honored. At the same event, and as a novelty, the anthem of Emakumeak Zientzian, composed by the emerging artist and ally of the cause Janus Lester, will be presented. A new hymn to give a lively rhythm to the initiative, and also to reach out to new allies to share responsibilities.

From that day on, in Gipuzkoa and Bizkaia, there will be engineering and nanoscience workshops for teenagers, round tables and visits to research centers for schools, as well as a session related to academic orientation for teachers, all with the goal aim of presenting real models that will serve as a reference for future generations. As a novelty, we add to the existing school offer the activity Back to School, which offers the possibility for schools to request a visit of our researchers in situ to their classrooms. Families will be able to enjoy the experimental workshops Science Stars at the Eureka! Zientzia Museoa, the game The Treasure of Science based on the well-known Treasure Hunt game, or the fun scientific Science gymkhanasamong others. Likewise, specific groups such as women over 55 years of age will continue to be addressed, in order to highlight the role of adult women as transmitters of culture, with the activity The Power of ExperienceThe Power of Experience, in which a series of short, easy-to-perform experiments will be carried out in any place, so that scientific culture will flow in families and in our environments. In addition, for the general public, the Victoria Eugenia Club Aretoa and the Bidebarrieta Library in Bilbao will host the event Women Scientists of Yesterday and Todayin which several women scientists working in different fields of research will take the stage to talk about their research projects and pay tribute to some of the great women scientists of history through the story of their fascinating lives and scientific contributions.

The complete program of activities is available from today at available on the website websiteand registrations for the different activities are already open.

The 24 entities of the 7th.ª edition of Emakumeak Zientzian are an important representative sample of the science and technology fabric in the Basque Country: Centro de Física de Materiales (CFM CSIC-UPV/EHU), Achúcarro, CIC biomaGUNE, CIC nanoGUNE, University of Deusto, POLYMAT, Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM), Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL), Biodonostia, Ceit, Cidetec, Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), Elhuyar, Eureka! Zientzia Museoa, Fundación Biofísica Bizkaia (FBB), Ikerlan, Ingeniariak - Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Industriales de Gipuzkoa, Parques Tecnológicos de Euskadi, Tecnalia, Tecnun-Escuela de Ingeniería, the School de Informática, the Escuela de Ingeniería de Gipuzkoa and the School de Chemistry of the UPV/EHU.

Emakumeak Zientzian 2023 has the outstanding support of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Fomento San Sebastián and the Basque Research & Technology Alliance (BRTA), as well as the collaboration of the following entities and organizations: committee Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the State Research Agency through the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu centers adhered to the initiative, the Basque Film Library and the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and Aspegi (association de Mujeres Profesionales, Empresarias y Directivas de Gipuzkoa), Aranzadi, the network Lemniskata, Ikerbasque, Biook and Donostia Kultura.

Coordinating entities of Emakumeak Zientzian 2023

  • Center for Materials Physics (CFM CSIC-UPV/EHU) - Idoia Mugika Mendiola

  • Achúcarro - Jaime Sagarduy Barrena

  • CIC biomaGUNE - Irantzu Llarena Conde

  • CIC nanoGUNE - Itziar Otegui Feliz

  • University of Deusto - Mari Luz Guenaga Gómez

  • POLYMAT - Mónica Moreno Rodríguez

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