UNESCO stated February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2015 in order to inspire and promote women's participation in education, training, and science and technology and recognize the critical role of girls and women in the scientific and technological communities.
At the Margarita Salas Center for Biological Research, 55% of the staff are women, working as scientific personnel and in training, technical and administrative support.
To commemorate this day, on January 31, 2023, the CIB Margarita Salas organized a workshop on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment to discuss the identification of inappropriate behavior in this context and the legal remedies available to those affected. The speakers at the workshop were Ángela Bernardo, author of the book 'Harassment. #MeToo in Spanish science', published by Next Door Publishers, and editor of Civio, and the lawyer Eva Gálvez Huerta, member of the Association of women jurists THEMIS and Municipal Point of the Regional Observatory of Gender Violence of the City Councils of Arganda del Rey and Tres Cantos.
Moreover, several of our researchers are participating in different initiatives in schools and high schools in the Community of Madrid:
Natalia Hernández (Polymer Biotechnology)
- Workshop "A story of bacteria with superpowers".
February 9 and 10 at Colegio Estudiantes Las Tablas for 6th grade of Primary School children.
Virginia Rivero (Polymer Biotechnology)
- Conference "Bioplastics and the circular economy".
February 22 at CEIP Gabriela Mistral for two 5th-grade classes.
Sandra Serrano (Animal Cell Culture)
- Conference How many scientists are there in the room?
February 15 and 16 at Instituto San Juan Bautista for different courses.
Alicia Santos (Structure of Macromolecular Assemblies)
ORGANIZER of a round table discussion at the Residencia de Estudiantes
- Past, present, and future of women in science
February 10 in the Auditorium of the Residencia de Estudiantes (Calle Pinar 21, Madrid)
Ana Martínez (Translational Medicinal and Biological Chemistry)
- Conference "Women and Science".
February 15 at Stella Maris College (Aravaca) for high school students
Vanesa Nozal (Translational Medicinal and Biological Chemistry)
Conference "Women scientists who dare to discover a drug".
February 10 at the Gran Capitán high school for students of science
February 13 at the Narciso Alonso Cortés school for students of 4 years old and 1st year of primary school
Marta Sobrinos y Mercedes Jiménez (Systems Biochemistry of Bacterial Division)
Conference “When I grow up I want to be...a scientist!”
13 de febrero IES San Isidro
Cristina de Jesús Sen (MitoPhenomics)
Conference on personalized medicine, genomics, and cancer at the CIB for high school students.
February 8 - Project Meet them: Cancer Detectives of ASEICA