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Tuesday, 09 March 2021

8th of March at the ICN2, International “TeleWorking” Women’s Day

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the ICN2 organised a round table held by women with different profiles working at out institute. Participants analysed the additional challenges introduced by the pandemic situation we are living in and its implications. The event included an awards ceremony to reward the best ICN2 papers and best Ph.D. thesis led by women.

Monday 8th of March was the International Women’s Day. To celebrate it, the ICN2 hosted a round table amongst 5 staff women of our community: Dr Neus Bastús, Senior Researcher at the  Inorganic Nanoparticle Group, Dr Elena del Corro, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group, Dr Sonia Ruiz, Senior Researcher at the Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy Group, Nuria Benítez, from the Strategy Development Area, and Sofia Souirji, from the Health and Safety Area. The discussion was moderated by Dr Justin Ryan, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group.

They debated around questions such as how teleworking affected their daily lives, and lessons and opportunities to be learned from this situation. All the participants shared their personal experiences and analysed the implications and consequences of teleworking in the current health crisis.

The event also included the awarding of the 2020 ICN2 Woman Talent Programme prizes, assigned to female researchers for the best original paper published, the best review paper published and the best PhD thesis. The winners of this year’s edition are Olalla Calvo, Doctoral Student, Dr Maria Soler, Postdoctoral Researcher, and Dr Enelia Cristina Peláez, respectively. All three belong to the  NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group. Congratulations to them all! It is important to acknowledge that two Doctoral Theses delivered by women in 2020 were mistakenly discarded from the award evaluation. The Equal Opportunities Committee is analysing the data collection process together with the Marketing and Communication Department to prevent this from happening again.

As a whole, the virtual event was a success, being followed by over one third of the ICN2 Community. The discussion took place in the ICN2 Seminar Room applying all needed social distancing measures. Broadcasted in streaming and recorded, this round table testify once again the strong commitment of the ICN2 and its researchers to gender equality in any working environment.

You can find the recording of the full event here below. Comments are welcome. Enjoy it!