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Female science ambassadors reach out to more than 5000 local schoolchildren

Women working in science and engineering took time out to visit local schools and talk about their jobs as part of “Women and girls in science and technology” week

Women and Girls in Science and Technology, edition 2023
Francesca Giovacchini, a physicist working on the AMS-02 space experiment at CERN, tells pupils at the Satigny-Mairie school about her work. (Image: CERN)

From 30 January to 3 February 2023, around a hundred female science “ambassadors” from CERN, Scienscope (UNIGE), the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Laboratoire d’Annecy de Physique des Particules (LAPP), visited over two hundred classrooms in the local region to promote the sciences to 5120 schoolchildren.

Since 2017, the “Women and girls in science and technology” programme has been an integral part of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which will be celebrated on 11 February this year. The aim is to address sexist stereotypes while children are still in their formative years and to demonstrate that careers in science are just as accessible for girls as they are for boys. By meeting female role models it’s much easier for girls to picture themselves as scientists, explorers, inventors or engineers later in life.

The campaign was a great success again his year and even broke the all-time participation record. In the space of seven years, thanks to the ever expanding cohort of ambassadors eager to share their passion, more than 13 000 pupils aged between 7 and 15 from the local region have learned about jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths.

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