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3 DAYS EVENTS ON GENDER Celebrating Science by/for Women

7 - 9 MARCH 2012

Città della Scienza, Naples 

During the last decades, the gap between men and women in the scientific field is increasingly reduced. However, the gap still exists, and seems increasing in the scholastic field, as the educational career goes on. Several factors contribute to limit the interest of female students toward the scientific subjects, such as:

             Discrimination within the family;

             Stereotypes on the women;

             No gender differences into the school;

             Poor sensibility of the teachers toward the gender;

             Mass media offer of certain images about womanhood.


Schools and families play a basic role for equal opportunity, and, at the same time, they can obtain relevant results encouraging female students to engage educational and professional careers linked to the scientific world.


The events proposed aim at stimulating a thinking among the different actors (teachers, experts, scientists, policy-makers and journalists) and at proposing some tools for support equal opportunities in the scientific field, too.


The activities are part of the European programme TWIST Towards Women In Science & Technology, funded by the Seventh Framework Programme, aimed at promoting the role of the women in Science, with the partecipation of other 7 international science centres (Experimentarium – Denmark; Science Gallery – Ireland; Bloomfield Science Museum – Israel; Science Centre NEMO – Netherland; Ustanova Hiša Eksperimentov – Slovenia; Teknikens Hus – Sweden).




9.30 a.m. International Welcome

Ministry of Welfare and Equal Opportunity

Equal Opportunity Department of Naples

Fondazione IDIS - Città della Scienza


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open Space Technology (OST)

“New ideas for getting over stereotypes and prejudices in Science”

Much has already been written about gender differences in scientific studies and about the role of women in scientific careers. This first activity will involve the schools, and professional and research worlds in an informal discussion on these issues.

The debate, titled “New ideas for getting over stereotypes and prejudices in Science”, follows the OST format and so is structured according to its principles:


  • Everyone who will participate is the right person.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could happen.
  • At any time it starts, is the right time.
  • When it’s over, is over.




9 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the entrance to the Science Centre of Città della Scienza will be free for all women older than 18 years: a way to encourage them to discover a world where they are still underrepresented.


From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can meet several scientists, who will guide visitors exploring some of the themes on display at the Science Centre: "Nano to Touch" with Angela Tino, researcher at the Institute of Cybernetics "E. Caianiello" CNR - nanotechnologies , "The Thread of Life" with Scarlett Annunziata of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dhorn and Mariateresa Paciolla from the Institute of Genetics and Biophysics "Adriano Buzzati-Traverso", IGB-CNR genetics; "Restless Earth" with Rosella Nave, Giuliana Alessio, Rosa Nappi and Germana Gaudiosi, INGV Naples branch, Vesuvius Observatory - volcanology.




10 – 12 a.m.

Roundtable, Saffo Hall

Male and female students of high schools will meet some of the scientists who participated in the TWIST project, experts in the issue of equal opportunities, especially in the scientific field. An opportunity for discovering women’s work in the Italian research world, discussing on it together with scientists, scientific popularizers, sociologists and psychologists.


Chairman:  Luigi Amodio – Executive Director of Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza


Alessandra Allegrini, Researcher, Observa Science in Society & “Associazione Donne e Scienza”

Marialuisa Lavitrano, Professor of General Pathology and Immunology, Department of Surgery, University of Milan, Bicocca

Annamaria Colao, Professor of di Endocrinology, Department of Endocrinology and Oncology, University of Naples, Federico II

Matilde Valeria Ursini, First Researcher, Institute of Genetics and Biophysics "Adriano Buzzati-Traverso", IGB-CNR, Naples

Daniela Montesarchio, Department of Chemistry, University of Naples, Federico II, for "Donne nella Scienza" coordination.

Giorgia Margherita, Researcher and Professor of Dynamics Psychology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ph.d. course on Gender studies, University of Naples, Federico II