“Science needs women, and women must realize that in science they are called to give their best,” because “in science they have an opportunity, a horizon through which they can realize their potential and ambitions.” This was stated by Elena Bonetti, Minister of Equal Opportunities and the Family, in a message broadcast at the opening of ‘Scientists’. Talents to be tapped for a successful science, promoted and organized by the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (Infn) as part of the Science Festival, at the Parco della Musica in Rome.
“In Italy, the situation is complicated” for women who intend to pursue a career in Steam, added Antonio Zucoli, president of EnvN. “We are far from equal, even if we look at the still low percentage of women with PhDs, which is a gateway to research. The challenge is to increase their number, but the problem is cultural, for Mont: for this we have to work on young people from middle school, where they are forming opinions and interests.
This is also the reason why today’s event was organized as part of the high school competition “Women and Research in Physics: Opportunities, Obstacles and Challenges”, promoted by Infn and the Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council (Cnr-Irpps), a partner in the European network Genera ( Gender Equality Network in the European Research Area), with contributions from the Italian Physics Society and Springer Nature.
The champions are the students who participated in the competition by making videos on the topic of gender equality in the research. They are interviewed by experts on gender politics and some of Italy’s brightest researchers, such as Amalia Ercole Fenzi (the first woman to graduate in aerospace engineering and a scientific advisor for years to space agencies in Italy, Europe and the USA) and Marica Branches (the astrophysicist who “listened” to gravitational waves ).
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