ASTI Foundation launches the #EfectoSTEM (#STEMEffect) campaign to raise awareness about the importance of including women in science (ES)
On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, established by the United Nations as February 11, ASTI Foundation, through its STEM Talent Girl Program, launched the #EffectoSTEM (#STEMEffect) campaign on the social networks. The initiative aimed to serve as a way to raise awareness about the importance of including women in science and numerous players from all fields participated in it, from the CEO of ASTI Mobile Robotics and President of the ASTI Foundation, Verónica Pascual, to the Secretary of State for Digitization of the Government of Spain, Carme Artigas, and the Director General for Women of the Government of Castile and León, Ruth Pindado.
In addition, to celebrate this special day, the ASTI Foundation designed a complete program of activities for STEM Talent Girl students. Marcelo Royán, co-founder of the ISDI digital business school and of CTO, was tasked with giving a talk in the form of a workshop on the emerging technologies and how they are transforming all areas of our lives. Likewise, the ASTI Foundation together with the Complutense University of Madrid organized a debate session in which leading women discussed how a vocation for STEM and female talent in the scientific-technological areas can be supported and encouraged. The event was inaugurated by Laura Flores, Deputy Director General of Artificial Intelligence and Digitally Enabling Technologies for the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Joaquín Goyache, Chancellor of the Complutense University of Madrid, and Isabel Tajahuerce, the Chancellor's Delegate for Equality at the Complutense University of Madrid. After getting underway, the debate brought together a group of professionals of renowned prestige like Emma Fernández, Vice President of the ASTI Foundation; Paloma Alcalá, Physics Professor and Researcher and a member of the Feminist Research Institute; Pilar López Sancho, Delegate President of the CSIC Commission for Women and Science; Rocío Pérez, Coordinator of Maldita Ciencia and Member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association for Scientific Communication (AECC); Sara de la Fuente, Engineer for the European Space Agency (ESA); and Silvia Carrascal, Director of the Executive Development Master for STEM Women.
ikewise, STEM Talent Girl participated in an event by the Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain (APTE) through which, coinciding with 11 February, visibility was placed on a set of initiatives that, like STEM Talent Girl, aim to encourage female talent in terms of science, technology, and innovation. Additionally, the pharmaceutical company GSK, a program partner, gave a workshop through which it opened its doors to STEM Talent Girl students for them to see firsthand what the clinical development of vaccines is really like. The activities taking place on this special day wrapped up with a master class by Mariola Lobato, Executive Partner of the Gartner Consulting Firm.