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100 female scientists to give 100 simultaneous talks in schools

Part of Barcelona's Biennial of Science, initiative aims to encourage girls to take up careers in science and technology

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08 February 2019 08:51 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Encouraging girls to take up careers in science and technology is the goal of an initiative on Monday that will see 100 female scientists simultaneously giving talks in 100 schools.

'100tífiques' is a project from the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation and the education department, in conjunction with the Barcelona Institute for Science and Technology.

Part of Barcelona's Biennial of Science, which takes place from February 7 to 11, the scientists who will give the talks met in the Scientific Park on Thursday to prepare the sessions.

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Mayor Ada Colau was also there, pointing to the importance of women in science and predicting that "the 21st century will be the century of cities and women."

Among the female scientists giving one of the 100 talks on Monday will be the Nobel prizewinner for chemistry, the Israeli crystallographer, Ada Yonath.

The latest figures from UNESCO show that only 28% of scientific researchers in the world are women, while females make up only 35% of students doing science or technology degrees.

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  • Barcelona mayor Ada Colau (fifth from left) with scientists taking part in the '100tífiques' project (by Nazaret Romero)

  • Barcelona mayor Ada Colau (fifth from left) with scientists taking part in the '100tífiques' project (by Nazaret Romero)