STEM Talent Girl Closes the Year with 5 Roundtable Events on the Future of Women in STEM
The ASTI Foundation, together with the Ministry of Family and Equal Opportunities of the Regional Government of Castile and León, held its annual conference serving as a culmination to the 20/21 academic year with an event that brought together all the partners of the project in order to take stock of annual progress, share knowledge, and face the strategic challenges of promoting STEM to overcome the digital gender gap in these areas from the perspective of equal opportunities.
The aim of the STEM Talent Girl project is to inspire and motivate girls to undertake scientific/technological careers and spark interest in STEM subjects, with the girls being guided by their female mentors – women who undertake professional activities in the fields of science and technology. This year, the project organized online and digital activities in all the provinces of Castile and León, doing so with the support of collaborating companies and financing from the Regional Government of Castile and León. In this edition of STEM Talent Girl, we had the participation of 550 students from 162 educational centers in Castile and León, with a total of 15 master classes and 40 technology workshops being given.
The STEM Talent Girl Conference was undertaken virtually in the form of five roundtable events focusing on different topics and provinces. During the events, both a summary of the Stem Talent Girl 2021/2021 academic year and the challenges associated therewith were undertaken, as well as tackling topics like industry 4.0, digitization and women, applied research, cybersecurity and women, knowledge transfer and technology in the business world, and the challenges of multinational companies and universities in promoting STEM amongst females.
During the event, Isabel Blanco, Minister of Family and Equal Opportunities of the Regional Government of Castile and León, noted: "We are very proud to organize and promote the STEM Talent Girl Event to help to get women into the technology field. These types of projects not only generate greater equality between women and men, but they also promote the training of women with profiles that are highly demanded by companies in the field of technology and science while boosting the local economy."
Emma Fernández, Vice President of the ASTI Foundation and Board Member at ASTI Mobile Robotics pointed out that “This edition has tested our ability to continue with the academic year in the adverse environment of a pandemic. I thank all the collaborating companies for their role in helping the project to continue. Without them, it would not have been possible to carry this out.”