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Issue 4, March 2015
Research & Innovation
 
Science: it's a girl thing!
 
Latest news from 'Science: it's a girl thing!'

The EU Prize for Women Innovators 2016 is on!

EU Prize for Women Innovators
On the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Commission launched the 3rd edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. This Prize will reward and give public recognition to three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. The first prize is worth €100 000, the second prize €50 000 and third prize €30 000. The contest is open to all women who have founded or co-founded their company and who have at some point of their careers benefitted from EU's research and innovation funding. Contestants will be able to submit their applications until 20 October 2015. A high-level jury will evaluate and select the winners who will be announced in 2016.

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What does science mean to you? Photo contest continues to attract inspiring entries!

What does science mean to you? photo contest
What does science mean to you? photo contest continues to attract inspiring entries!
This year’s edition of the ‘What does science mean to you?’ photo contest is continuing to gain momentum, and attracting attention from young science and photography enthusiasts across the EU. Don’t take our word for it - just check out the inspiring submissions so far this year!

Now in its third month, the contest will run until May 2015 when the winners will be announced, so there is still plenty of time to take part! To get involved in the contest, participants should form a team of three with at least two girl members. Then they simply need to step out into the world and capture on camera the science in action that inspires them. They can upload the photo on the Science: it’s a girl thing! website in the second half of every month from now until April to be in with a chance to win!

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“Science does not have a gender”: Dr. Julia Ribeiro encourages young scientists during Facebook ‘chat’

The Facebook ‘chat’ with Dr. Julia Ribeiro took place on 5 March
The Facebook ‘chat’ with Dr. Julia Ribeiro took place on 5 March
“Science does not have a gender: it is only made for creative, stubborn minds! Always pursue your dreams and excel at it, because life is short!” – this is one of the messages that geoscientist Dr. Julia Ribeiro had for young science enthusiasts who joined her live on Facebook for a Q&A session on 5 March.

Julia, who is originally from France and now researches volcanoes at the University of Texas, hosted the international and interactive gathering for 72 young minds curious to hear about her life as a geoscientist.

This episode, carried out in English and French, was the third in the fourth season of the successful Science: it’s a girl thing! ‘Chat with a Scientist’ series on Facebook. Since 2012, Science: it’s a girl thing! has organised almost 30 chats with inspiring women in science. The series allows scientists from an array of disciplines to directly interact with young people across Europe, indeed across the globe. If you are a scientist interested in taking part in a chat, please contact us at: rtd-wiri@ec.europa.eu

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Teachers, get Science: it’s a girl thing! campaign goodies for your class

A class in Italy enjoying some Science: it’s a girl thing! goodies
A class in Italy enjoying some Science: it’s a girl thing! goodies
Would your students enjoy our funky periodic tables and colourful bags? The Science: it’s a girl thing! campaign has an array of goodies to give away to classrooms across Europe. Have your class take a picture of themselves with all of our fantastic gadgets and be like this Italian class featured on our Facebook page.

If you would like to help us promote the campaign and to receive some Science: it’s a girl thing! treats for your students then please get in touch with us at: rtd-wiri@ec.europa.eu.

 
Calendar – key dates
 
21 March – 27 March: NSTF Science Expo (Valetta, Malta)
https://www.facebook.com/nstfscience


23 April: Girls Day Germany (Bielefeld, Germany)
http://www.girls-day.de/


24 April: Girls Day Hungary (Budapest, Hungary)
http://www.lanyoknapja.hu/


7-8 May: ‘Gender and diversity management in research’ conference (Stuttgart, Germany)
http://www.iao.fraunhofer.de/lang-en/business-areas/service-and-human-resources-management/1120-better-prospects-through-equal-opportunity.html


9 May: Poland’s science picnic (Warsaw, Poland)
http://www.pikniknaukowy.pl/artykul/844485,O_Pikniku


 
News from the web
 
Alice Roberts: 'My fascination with science began with a pop-up book' (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2015/feb/19/alice-roberts-science-human-anatomy-inspired-pop-up-book


Belief that some fields require 'brilliance' may keep women out (Science)
http://news.sciencemag.org/education/2015/01/belief-some-fields-require-brilliance-may-keep-women-out


5 Women Scientists From the Developing World You Need to Know (Take Part)
http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/02/15/5-women-scientists-developing-world-you-need-know


 
Video

Take a look at this video and encourage the young photography and science enthusiasts you know to get involved with the ‘What does science mean to you?’ photo competition
 
 
Social media & links to be highlighted

What we have learnt: Do you know what the exact mass of the Sun is?

Have you checked our Facebook application ‘Ask a scientist’ yet?

Are you organising an event for young scientists? Fill in the form!

Did you miss the interesting Q&A with the marine scientist Suncica Bosak? Read now all her inspiring answers!
 
 
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About the campaign

The ‘Science: it’s a girl thing!’ campaign is part of the wider ‘Women in Research and Innovation’ campaign run by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation to encourage more women to choose research careers.