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Women in Science 150 years after Marie Curie was born

Women in Science 150 years after Marie Curie was born

News Books and articles 07 November 2017 2898 hits Anna May Masnou

Marie Skłodowska Curie was born one 7 November 1867, 150 years ago. She is, probably, the most known woman in science. She is the only one that many people can identify and remember, the only one who won two Noble prizes: one in Physics (in 1903, for the discoveries on radioactivity) and one in Chemistry (in 1911, for the discovery of radium), and the first and only woman (for many years) who participated at the Solvay Conferences (the most famous one in1927, in the picture). 

How is the women in science world, 150 years after she was born? How is women in science in our surroundings, and at ICMAB?

There are definetely women missing in science; just look at the 0 Nobel Prizes awarded this year to women. Work still has to be done to promote their presence in science, especially where there are lacking the most: in some specific disciplines, and ocupping high positions. This is just a space to think about it for a moment, and encourage people to look for information on the topic. 

At ICMAB we promote equal opportunities for men and women and boost women’s advancement in scientific careers. With this in mind, we carry out multiple initiatives to give visibility to our female scientists: 

  • A newly Gender Commission has been created: The Gender Commission created within the Severo Ochoa project has the goal of recognizing and strengthening equal opportunities within the Institute.
  • We celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, created in 2016 by the United Nations to emphasize the importance of Women in Science and to rise the gender equality in the scientific world. For this reason, ICMAB wants to join this initiative, to motivate women and girls to join the scientific career. This year, many women from our Institute created the play "Madame Châtelet i les seves seguidores a Instagram", which was represented in schools, highschools and at ICMAB. The activity is available for any school who would like to see it. Moreover, the initiative 11defebrero, which organizes many activities to celebrate this day, is starting to organize the activities for 2018! There are many schools/highschools that are asking for talks. If you would like to participate, sign on here
  • We encourage all the scientists to participate in different activities and awards, men and women. As a matter of fact, Anna Laromaine was awarded with one of the five Awards “Women in Science” from l’Oréal-UNESCO in 2016 for her project on C. elegans and nanomaterials, and Mariona Coll won the same award this year, for her project on sustainable solar cells. 
  • ICMAB is an equal opportunity employer committed to gender-equality, diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities. ICMAB is commited to the principles of The European Charter for Researchers & Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers promoted by the European Commission. The main idea underlying these principles is that of open, transparent and merit-based recruitment (OTM-R), a set of best practices promoted by the European Commission to ensure that the best person for the job is recruited. They seek to guarantee equal opportunities and access for all, enable the development of an international portfolio and make research careers more attractive. At ICMAB, 60 % of the total staff are men, and 40 % women, and the same proportion is kept for our research scientists, from which 40 are men and 26 are women.

Apart from Marie Skłodowska Curie, this is a good moment to think about all the other great women in science. Read some more information on the following links:

Happy 150 birthday, Marie!

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