Women Career’s in STEM

Pioneers and today’s professionals between challenges, barriers and achievements


The international seminar “WOMEN CAREER’S IN STEM – Pioneers and today’s professionals among challenges, barriers and achievements” was held on May 22, 2017, at the School of Engineering in Pisa.

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It was organized within the TRIGGER Research Project and, in particular, by the research group of the University of Pisa (Scientific Director Prof. Rita Biancheri, Department of Political Science) together with the group of the Birkbeck, University of London (Scientific Director Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Department of Management). The seminar has allowed to reflect on the dynamics of female career in science, technology and engineering, both in academia and in the professional field.

The seminar started with a panel session about the themes of female careers in natural sciences and, in particular, in the fields of biology and chemistry; experiences of CNI on women’s contributions and careers in engineering and, in particular, the contents and results of the “Ingenio al Femminile” project; and, finally, women’s contribution to architecture, engineering and design in Europe, developed under the “MOMOWO Women’s creativity since the Modern Movement” Project (Co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union).

The round table, which followed the panel session, allowed a lively debate between the speakers, who answered the moderator’s questions (Prof. Lucia Pallottino, School of Engineering, DII) introducing new contents, ranging from personal reflections on their professional and academic experience, to broader observations on contemporary culture and society.


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The event has had a positive impact both in terms of public (consisting of students, researchers, professors at the School of Engineering, representatives of the CUG Comitato Unico di Garanzia of the Pisa University) and participation of institutions, represented by Prof. Alberto Landi, President of the School of Engineering, and by the three directors of its Departments.