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Friday, 09 February 2018

Promoting women in STEM at local secondary school

Last month Dr Belen Ballesteros, leader of the ICN2 Electron Microscopy Unit, gave a talk at the La Vall secondary school in Bellaterra. In a forerunner to the events planned at the ICN2 as part of the Spanish “11F” promotion of women and girls in science, her talk aimed to show another face of science, while also introducing the students to exciting field of nanotechnology.

The earth is to a volleyball what a volleyball is to a nanoparticle. This is how Dr Belen Ballesteros, leader of the ICN2 Electron Microscopy Unit, explained the nanoscale to students at the La Vall all-girls secondary school in Bellaterra last month. Motivated by the idea of showing that not all scientists are “Big Bang Theory” types, especially to this audience of teenage girls at a crucial stage of deciding their future steps, her talk aimed to initiate the students into the fascinating world of nanotechnology.

This talk is representative of the on-going commitment of the ICN2 and its researchers to promoting the participation of women and girls in science. It also stands as a forerunner to the events planned at the ICN2 as part of the Spanish “11F” promotion of women and girls in science, to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Please see here for more information about these events. Don’t forget to sign up while you still can!