CIMNE celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
On February 7th, the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering, CIMNE, celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science through a special event held at centre headquarters in the UPC Campus Nord.
This event started the “Women Researchers Lecture Series”, that CIMNE has organized for the purpose of enhancing the visibility of the work that female researchers are performing at the centre. The act was addressed to the whole CIMNE community.
The director of CERCA, Lluís Rovira, was in charge of opening the Day with an active speech about the situation of women in science. Rovira explained that CERCA is formed by 40 research centres composed by 13.000 people. "We evaluate research centres in a systematic way and evaluators from other countries with a longer tradition than ours, explain us that this problem has not been resolved yet. There is a gender bias in their countries, so it tells us that is a complex problem to solve", introduced Rovira.
This problem is higher as we climb in the ladder of responsibilities: If there are 55% of women and 45% of men researchers in the pre-doctoral stage, this balance does not work if we speak about group leaders, with very low average of women (only 24% in front of the 76% of men). Rovira made a point in the need to be aware of the problem to prevent the existing high abandonment rates of women's research careers. He also explains during his talk the implementation of gender plans in a research institutes as a part of the solution and also speaks about the need to balance the composition of the Advisor Scientific Boards and practice inclusive recruitment policies. Next, the participating speakers presented their research topics and contributed their personal experience.
See video of the Lluís Rovira speech during the Opening Ceremony | See CERCA video Recruitment Bias in Research Institutes | Slides 'Women and research' (CERCA -Information in catalan-)