According to UNESCO, women in Science only reach 30%. The underlying reasons for this are the difficulties associated to balance family life and career development, the lack of society support and role models. Despite the global efforts in inspiring women and girls in Science, women continue to be under-represented in decision-making processes and positions. Against this drawback, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, is gaining momentum to ensure equal access and career development. Society has accepted that it is time to minimize women difficulties to be in the front row and therefore avoid untapped talent waste.
In the specific field of energy, sustainable development and climate change related issues, achievements of internationally agreed goals are not a matter of gender. This is something well-known by IMDEA Energy. In fact, IMDEA Energy is committed to monitor gender balance at all levels and develop activities to counteract potential imbalances. Patricia, Silvia, Tania, Marta, Paula, Cristina, Teresa, Mariam, Rebeca, Elia, Inés… are just few names of those women contributing in Science at IMDEA Energy. Having a background in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science, biology, electric engineering…their knowledge has been increased and combined over the years devoted to research. As a result, those women are developing their research in fields of electrochemistry, material science, thermochemistry and biotechnology. Their projects and results clearly evidence their excellence as women scientists. You will have the chance to know each day one of these women through IMDEA Energy twitter account
Head of the Biotechnological Processes Unit