Friday 29th September from 20:00 to 22:00 the city of València joined for the first time the ‘European Researchers Night’ celebration. It is a project promoted by the European Commission which aims to bring closer to the citizens and to show them the most human aspect of science. 30 investigators, 13 of them from Universitat de València, stepped onto the stage in the square ‘Plaza de la Mare de Déu’ to expose their experience and career.
The female scientists from Universitat are Xelo Benavent, Rosa Donat, Chantal Ferrer, Inmaculada Fuentes, Cristina García, Rosario Gil, Carmen Lloret, Beatriz Gallardo, Lucía Hipólito, Clara Martínez, Adela Mauri, Carolina Moreno and Carmen Agustín.
The celebration was organised by ‘Las Naves Centre d’Innovació and the Councillorship for Equity of the Valencian Council. It was dedicated to all female scientists, renaming the event as the ‘female researchers’ night’. There are only a 20% of Excellency researches in the Valencian Community which are led by female. The labour gap in conciliation and investigation continues.
The objective of the different activities is to add value among the citizens to the female investigation as well as their role as professionals in a scientific world usually led by men. ‘The night of the female researchers’ counted on the collaboration of the start-up ‘El Caleidoscopio’, the Spanish National Research Council, the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Universitat de València.
For the first time Alicante, Elche, Orihuela and Valencia toke part in the celebrations that more than 250 cities organise. They are going to intend to participate in the following annual 2018 with a more ambitious programme.
The main purpose of this project was to bring closer the researchers’ work to the citizens and to make publish the benefits that they provide to the society as well as the impact of their work in the daily life. In short, it was an activity to bring science onto the streets and let people take part in it.
In the square ‘plaza de la Mare de Déu’ in València along with the city councilwoman for Equity and the journalist Xelo Miralles, the valencian society knowed more than 30 female researchers from different areas of knowledge of the Universitat de València, Universitat Politècnica de València and the Spanish National Research Council. They exposed their experience as well as their jobs. After the presentations, the public had the chance to ask questions to the scientists.