Will I be able to dedicate myself in the future to investigate the Universe? on this and other issues that a free webinar on the YouTube channel of the Institute of Astrophysics and Science of Space (IA) will take place next week, on February 11, Women and Girls Day in Science 2020.
In order to address the topic of astronomy in women, four researchers from the IA, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto will participate in the webinar: Gabriella Gilli, ris Breda, Marina Corts and Susana Barros . After a short introduction about their journey until they became astrophysicists, the session, taking place between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm, dedicated to interaction with the public, being open to questions posed by chat by participants in Portugal and Portuguese countries.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was established in 2015 and implemented by UNESCO and the UN. As an objective, the date aims to raise awareness of the critical role of women and girls in this area of society, contributing to equal opportunities and perceptions about science.
But the numbers are still not very encouraging when it comes to science. According to the UN, less than 30% of scientists are women worldwide, despite the fact that girls at school have similar benefits to their colleagues in different scientific areas. Still, they tend not to choose careers associated with science, engineering and technology.