“Women Scientists in the Classroom” to celebrate the day of women and girls in science

Feb 13, 2024 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

For the seventh consecutive year, the IdISBa is organising this activity in which women scientists and researchers will bring science closer to students of all levels.

This year more than 55 women scientists are taking part, who will give informative talks to children from more than 65 schools in the Balearic Islands.

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The day of women and girls in science

On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is commemorated on 11 February, the Balearic Islands Health Research Institute (IdISBa), together with the Regional Ministry of Health and the Regional Ministry of Education and University, is organising the activity “Women Scientists in the Classroom”. Under this initiative, female researchers from different branches of science give talks to primary and secondary school pupils in many schools to encourage interest in science, make visible female references in scientific fields and promote practices that favour gender equality.

More than 55 female scientists from different fields of knowledge will explain their personal experiences in the classrooms of more than 65 schools on the Balearic Islands, 45 in Mallorca, 4 in Menorca, 2 in Formentera and 15 in Ibiza. The purpose is to make their work visible and thus combat stereotypes and cultural biases that can lead to negative attitudes towards science, to contribute to the fight against gender inequality in science and technology.

With this edition, IdISBa has been offering this initiative for seven years now in the educational centres of the autonomous community to explain the role of science and research in society, and to provide students with female scientific references.

In 2015, the United Nations proclaimed 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to denounce the existing gender gap in the world of research and to achieve full and equal access and participation of women and girls in science.

This activity is part of the Balearic Platform 11F, to which the IdISBa belongs, and has been created to value women’s role in science and technology.