The Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC-CSIC) celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, dated on 11th February by the United Nations, to promote full and equal access to participation in science for women and girls and to recognize their role in science and technology.

Alongside the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), and as a scheduled activity of the project CSIC4Girls, the Medicinal Chemistry and Synthesis (MCS) group‘s researchers Anna Duran, Maria Ricart and Laia Josa made an online talk to seven school classes of Barcelona and Ibiza, revisiting the women scientists’ history behind the greatest inventions, and showing them how a chemist works in the lab. After the talk, students made a lot of questions.

Researcher Gemma Triola, from the research group Chemical Biology was invited to a debate organized by Fundación la Caixa with other scientific women, talking about women in science. “There are 50% of female pre-doctoral students, but the % decreases a lot when the post-doctorate arrives”

The IQAC-CSIC director Gemma Fabriàs, from the Research Unit BioActive Molecules RUBAM group was also interviewd in the outreach science podcast “Ciència Periòdica”, talking about her career and the role of women in science.

Besides, an iniciative organized by the Center of Research and Development (CID-CSIC) Library, the CID-CSIC gender equality comission and the Communication Department was also done on this day. Some IDAEA-CSIC and IQAC-CSIC scientists and CID-CSIC workers read and recommended some books about women and science, from children book to essays and biopics.

IQAC-CSIC Communication