The BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca has joined the commemorative events of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with a conference at which researchers Marta Plaza, Margarita Cea and Ana Belén Gil have explained to the attendees the projects and programmes on which they work in relation to the gender perspective.
The initiative aims to give visibility to women who are pursuing studies and hold positions in technology because, although the numbers are growing, they are doing so at a very slow pace. For this reason, projects such as GILL (Gendered Innovation Living Labs), financed by the EU, are of particular value. Specifically, as explained by Marta Plaza and Margarita Cea, this European project aims to promote the good practices of Living Labs to enable organisational and cultural changes, improve professional development, increase the integration of gender and diversity in the design of products, technologies, and innovation, and enable educational practices with a gender perspective in the following areas: health and resilience, green transition and digital transformation. One of the objectives of the project is, for example, to learn about citizens' perception of gender equality measures through social networks, with a broad analysis of different profiles, using AI.
Some women from the BISITE Group together with several colleagues
In addition, the STEM Talent Girl programme, promoted by the ASTIS Foundation, aims to reduce the significant gap in STEM-related positions, i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Professor Ana Belén Gil, lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Automation, said that the programme aims to identify the talent of girls and young women at an early age, accompanying them from secondary education to university so that they do not abandon this path.
Ana Belén Gil and Marta Plaza, during the presentation of their projects
In addition, Ana Belén Gil talked about the initiatives of Informatics Europe, an association that represents the public and private research community in computer science in Europe and neighbouring countries, which is promoting actions to promote diversity through inclusion in Computer Science.