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STEM Women’s Congress claims women’s presence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Throughout the day, the SWC Awards were presented, valuing good practices in attracting, sustaining and motivating STEM Women’s talents.

Editorial Office22.11.2022

Fourth on November 17 STEM Women’s Congress (SWC)Congress for the empowerment of women in the technological world. From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., CosmoCaixa in Barcelona was filled with requests to break the gender gap in the STEM sectors (science, technology, engineering and math).

The STEM Women’s Congress filled the auditorium of the CosmoCaixa in Barcelona to justify the female presence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The event hosted prominent figures from the STEM field and internationally renowned companies. At the same time, the results of the third Annual Report, which analyzed STEM initiatives carried out in 2021, were presented and STEM Awards were given to projects that broke inequality and gender stereotypes in the industry.

Companies such as CaixaBank Tech, Seat, Amazon, Oracle Spain, HP, Bureau Veritas, Celsa Group, Between Aiges de Barcelona, ​​​TMB, GFT, Ricoh Spain, Mutua de los Ingenieros, TM Comas and Tepsa, Mur & Partners, GPU Attended the event Between Technology and Richo.

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A technology that allows people with spinal cord injuries to move again in a single day; a fabric made from pineapple leaves as a sustainable alternative to leather; Some of the conversations in the program with more than 65 speakers, how to become the public transportation vehicles of the future? The convention also had a lively link with schools across the state to provide visibility into STEM initiatives, a presentation by STEM entrepreneurs with a live jury.

Among this year’s speeches, Science in motion stood out; Pinnaple for fashion by Carmen Hijosa, founder and creative and innovation director of Ananas Anam Ltd and a 2021 European Inventor Award finalist.

Natalia Olson, Global Ambassador for Spain and Portugal for the Silicon Valley Forum; Eva Gallardo, president of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society; or Hellena Dali, the European Union’s Equality Commissioner herself.

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SWC has set a goal of helping 100% of schools, education centers, universities and large corporations have a STEM Women initiative by 2050.

Third edition of the Annual Report

The conference also served to present the Annual Report, the STEM Women’s report drawn from a survey identified across the Spanish province that was distributed to all STEM Women initiatives willing to participate voluntarily. The aim of the report is to know the impact of the initiatives, the extent of the impact of the initiatives on the Hispanic population, age groups and the regions they affect. Besides the source of financing, the type of activity carried out is also analyzed.

Different conclusions were drawn from the research, including that 67% of startups received support from a company and only 23% came from a private source of public funding. Although this value increases slightly from year to year, the need for funding for programs and projects affecting the field of STEM education is confirmed. More companies and institutions are needed that are committed to a diverse and inclusive world where women share responsibilities in STEM fields.

The report reveals that while 100% of the currently 0 to 16-year-old girls population in Spain would choose a STEM career, we will never achieve a 50/50 female presence in the STEM sector. 2050 for two main reasons: First, the birthrate is falling from year to year. The global birth rate is 2.3 births per woman and is projected to decrease to 2.1 by 2050. Second, according to Unesco data from 2018, 75% of jobs will be in the STEM sector by 2050, which will exponentially widen the current gender gap if we do nothing. The current difference is so great that if we add the previous two factors to it, we will never reach it, especially if we do not transform the current model. This is why it is so important to increase the scope and impact of initiatives and programs that fight to increase the presence of women in STEM.

Eva Díaz, CEO of STEM Women’s Congress, announced that, based on an analysis of initiatives and results, SWC has set itself a goal of helping schools, training centers, universities and 100% of large companies have STEM Women initiatives by 2050.

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Generalitat de Catalunya President Pere Aragons closed the event.

STEM Awards, recognition of good practice

The SWC Awards, which want to value the good practices of companies and institutions in order to attract, sustain and motivate STEM female talents in organizations, were given for the third time in a row.

These awards are for companies, start-ups, foundations and public institutions that develop projects within their companies that help bridge the existing gender gap in STEM fields and increase interest in science. The youngest

It was the same viewers who voted live for different projects that were nominated for best business practice; First place went to Bureau Veritas, second place to IBM and third place to TMB.

STEM Teacher Award to Noelia Cava, Learning Technology and STEAM ICT Coordinator at Colegio Internacional SEK-Santa Isabel, STEM Women Award to Eva Blanco, Public Relations Manager at HP, and Eva Cols received SWC Wompreneur Entrepreneurship Award for her architectural gynecology project : transform the diagnosis.

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