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Emakumeak Zientzian 2020, because science is for girls!

The Emakumeak Zientzian 2020 programme includes a wide variety of activities aimed at a wide range of audiences: families, teenagers, adults...

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Representatives of Tecnun and research centres at the presentation of Emakumeak Zientzian 2020 PHOTO: Communication Service
24/01/20 14:45 Communication Service

The research centres CIC nanoGUNE, the Centre for Materials Physics (CFM CSIC-UPV/EHU), CIC biomaGUNE, Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), Biodonostia, Tecnun- Engineering School, Ceit, POLYMAT and Elhuyar have joined forces to present a joint programme to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is celebrated worldwide on 11 February. In Donostia, the Emakumeak Zientzian 2020 programme will run from 7 to 14 February with workshops, public talks, ginkana, visits... The aim of the initiative is to make the activity of women in science visible, break with the typically male roles attributed to scientific-technical activities, and encourage girls and teenagers to choose scientific careers. Emakumeak Zientzian 2020 is supported by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Fomento San Sebastián, Donostia Kultura, the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

The programme will begin on Friday, 7 February, with the workshop Science is for girls, at 16:00 in the afternoon at the CIC nanoGUNE centre. Guided by researchers from nanoGUNE and POLYMAT, teenagers aged 14 and 18 will have the opportunity to be "scientists for a day" and form part of a research team, taking part in a real experiment that will give them first-hand experience of the world of nanoscience.

Then, at 19:00h in the evening, the Sala Club of the Victoria Eugenia Theatre will be the venue for the event "Women scientists of yesterday and today", where 6 women researchers from here and today will take to the stage to present their work and their person, and to pay tribute to those women scientists, pioneers of the past, whose work was often not recognised and fell into oblivion. In talks open to the public, past and present will come together to vindicate the women scientists who are and who were, and to build a future in which they will never cease to be. 

On Saturday 8th at the Ibaeta University Campus, it will be the turn of the families, who will be treated to a Ginkana with lots of science and many of its protagonists. The teams will have to solve all the tests that await them on the campus, entering the research centres CFM, DIPC, Tecnun, Ceit, POLYMAT and nanoGUNE...

The programme also includes educational activities aimed at bringing the world of science closer to young students and making the role of women scientists more visible. The workshop Jugando a ser ingeniera (Playing at being an engineer ), which will take place on 10 February at Tecnun and Ceit, will be attended by teenagers aged between 12 and 16. In this practical automotive workshop, given by engineering students from the Formula Student team, the participants will play at being real engineers, simulating all the areas of engineering work: prototype design, parts manufacturing, assembly and distribution.

Along the same lines, on 11 February, visits will be organised for various primary and secondary school groups. Researchers from the centres hosting the visits will carry out different activities and scientific demonstrations aimed at highlighting the role of women in science throughout history. Schools can apply to take part in this activity until Monday 27 January, and the visits will be assigned by lottery.      

In addition, the programme once again includes the activity "Amona's Power" aimed at extolling the figure of adult women as transmitters of scientific culture. Guided by female researchers, on 13 February all women over the age of 55 will have the opportunity to get to know the world of international research and excellence that takes place in our research centres. They will discover the scientific potential hidden in everyday life, bringing out the scientist in them and showing them experiments that they can reproduce at home and in their environment.

Finally, aimed at the scientific community, the round table "Equality in science: experiences and future" has been organised. This meeting will focus on equality in the different areas of the science system, including academia, research and the business world. To talk about it, we will have leading women scientists. The round table aims to provide a space to share experiences and impressions in a relaxed way, giving a voice to women who are currently working in the scientific field. The round table will take place at the Carlos Santamaria Centre (UPV/EHU) on 14 February at 12:00h, will be conducted in English, and is open to the entire scientific community.

All scheduled activities will be free of charge. Registrations can be made through the website Emakumeak Zientzian 2020: www.emakumeakzientzian.eus

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