08 Feb 2018

CETEM highlights the role of women scientists in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The Technological Center joins the world celebrations that commemorate this day, allowing Yecla Primary School students to get to know first-hand the work of their scientists and researchers.

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Currently, women and girls encounter barriers of many types, sometimes very subtle, that make their presence in science difficult. This inequality is evident in the choice of studies by girls and it becomes more acute as they advance in scientific and technological careers.

According to a recent study conducted in 14 countries of the European Union, the probability of students completing a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a doctorate in a subject related to science is 18%, 8% and 2%, respectively. while the probability for male students is 37%, 18% and 6%.

With the objective of achieving full and equal access and participation in science for women and girls, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, on December 15, 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed February 11 of each year as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

From the Technological Center of Furniture and Wood (CETEM) we wanted to join this year to the celebration by opening our doors to the 5th and 6th Primary students of CP La Pedrera de Yecla, with the aim of making it easier for primary school children to learn from the hand of our team of scientists and researchers what research is, how a scientist works, what we investigate, why it is important to innovate or how a new and useful product is created.

This activity, therefore, is conceived as a powerful tool to bring the culture of innovation and creativity closer to the youngest, placing special emphasis on the promotion of scientific vocations among girls.