International Women and Girls in Science Day


"Innovate. Demonstrate. Elevate. Advance." says the UN as it launches its 8th year for Women in Science.

To mark the day, in the lead up to Women's Day on 8 March, Research Luxembourg will release six videos following six female scientists in various stages of their life's work.

Anyone who knows me knows I love science. And so it's a delight to host a show dedicated to the UN's eighth International Women and Girls in Science Day - 11th February. The theme this year is:

"Innovate. Demonstrate. Elevate. Advance.
I.D.E.A.: Bringing communities Forward for sustainable and equitable development"

Why is it still important to have this conversation and shine a light on women in science? Well, there are many sets of statistics to show that women represent about a third of researchers, and yet only about 12% are members of national science academies. In AI, only one in five professionals are female. There's a pay gap for female researchers and their career's tend to be shorter, their work under-represented in high-profile journals and - for whatever reason - fewer women enter managerial positions in science and engineering.

Research Luxembourg has collaborated with the Ministry for Equality (MEGA) for the second year running to release a set of six videos featuring six female scientists at various stages of their career. The theme is 'Be Brave - Women [& Girls] in Science and you can watch the trailer here.

The goal of the campaign is to tell a variety of stories, and the many paths of women in science; to inspire and to give role models.
You can see all the videos on the websites of Research Luxembourg and FNR over the course of the coming month up to 8 March, Women's Day.

What is Research Luxembourg?

Research Luxembourg is a joint initiative of the main actors in Luxembourg public research, with the support of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research: Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), University of Luxembourg, Luxinnovation and Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).

As equality of educational opportunity is one of the pillars of the national research and innovation strategy, gender equality is a central aim for developing a fair research environment in which all talents can foster excellence.

Research Luxembourg is represented in our studio conversation by Marc Schiltz, CEO of FNR.

This campaign features six women and two of them join me in the studio: Sallam Abualhaija,a research scientist working on AI with software engineering at the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, SnT; and Anne-Marie Hanff, a nurse now working towards her PhD with LIH to protect people with Parkinson's disease degenerating over time.

I am also joined by Kristel Weinreich, Senior Recruitment Officer at LIST, and Carole Blond-Hanten, sociologist at LISER in the Labour Market Department.

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