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Monday, 11 February 2019

Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2019

The ICN2 is involved in a series of initiatives to support this Day that is unfortunately still necessary. 100tífiques is one of the central actions involving the ICN2, the BIST centers and other Catalan research institutions to bring science and the role of women researchers closer to young students.


According to the United Nations long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are still steering girls and women away from science related fields. For this reason it is important to keep underlining the need of a shared effort among women, men, girls and boys to make a better science possible. At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women.

Among this year’s activities stands out an interinstitutional action named 100tífiques, which joins one hundred female researchers and women involved in the advancement of science to make their role more visible and motivate young girls to pursue their scientific dreams. The ICN2 personnel is involved in promoting this activities linked to the educational community, with researchers such as Dr. Neus Domingo, Senior Researcher at the ICN2 Oxide Nanophysics Group and Dr. Regina Galceran, Postdoctoral researcher at the ICN2 Physics and Engineering of Nanodevices Group, and Núria Benítez, from the Strategy Development Offecier at the ICN2 Strategy Development Area, leading some of the activities.

100tífiques is promoted by the Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (FCRi) and the Education Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) with the Support of the Barcelona Institute for Science and Technology (BIST). This event is also part of a broader dissemination Program of the Bienal de Ciutat i Ciència promoted by the Ajuntament de Barcelona.

Among the long list of actions taking place today, we would like to also highlight:

  • 11 CIBER women researchers to celebrate 11 February: A list of highlighted women doing research within CIBER, including Prof. Laura Lechuga head of the ICN2 NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications
  • Científiques STEM. A series of research areas with short exoperiments to be performed in the classroom with young students, which include a reference to women from the past and performing research today. The activities about light include the profile of Prof. Laura Lechuga.
  • Announcing the event Woman in Renewable Energy (WiRE) (12 August 2019, San Diego, California, USA): Prof. Monica Lira is involved in the organisation of this event that will be part of the celebration of the SPIE 30th