Grupo de Procesado por Láser del Instituto de Óptica “Daza de Valdés”

On 10 February, on the occasion of the ‘Day of women and girls in science’, we shared our experiences in research with the students of 2nd ESO of IES Blas de Otero.
Rosalía Serna and her team (Cristina Pérez, Eva Nieto, Fernando Chacón, Carlota Ruiz and Marina García) did experiments with light and gave the talk “Nosotras somos científicas”.

Science and gender equality are vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
In recent decades, the international community has made a great effort to inspire and promote the participation of women and girls in science. However, women continue to face obstacles in the field of science.

Did you know?

Women often receive more modest research grants than their male colleagues and, although they represent 33.3% of all researchers, only 12% of the members of national scientific academies are women.
In cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence, where only one in five professionals (22%) is a woman. Despite the skills shortage in most of the technological fields driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution, women still represent only 28% of engineering graduates and 40% of computer science and informatics graduates Women researchers tend to have shorter and lower-paying careers. Their work is underrepresented in top-tier journals and they are often passed over for promotions.

Scientific talk in a saloon to students near a red table