International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 11th is the day chosen by the United Nations to recognize the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology as well as encourage girls to follow a scientific career. With this initiative in mind, Julia had visited the primary school A Lomba (Vilagarcía de Arousa) this week to talk about her scientific experience to the youngest future scientists, 7-8 year old children very enthusiastic and engaged in marine conservation and fisheries. After a brief presentation to introduce the concepts of climate change, its impacts and some examples of adaptation, Julia developed a gamewith the kids to illustrate how climate change is affecting marine resources making them more vulnerable in a changing ecosystem, and what we can do about it assessing the characteristics of fishing sector which make them more resilient (for instance, resources diversity, environmental knowledge, good quality governance, etc.). Children enjoyed playing with the card game designed by us while learning about climate vulnerability.
This occasion was a great opportunity to disseminate scientific knowledge about climate change adaptation, and hope we help to give more visibility to the important contribution of many women to science. FOL is really pleased to participate in this event to inspire girls since our research group is led by Elena Ojea, the first Galician women in getting an ERC-Starting grant.
From here we want to thank the UCC, communication department of CIM of Uvigo, and especially to the CEIP A Lomba to invite and let us take part in encouraging children to be scientists. Particular thanks for its very nice acceptance, participation and awesome audience with a high environmental interest.
CATEGORIES: Dissemination, Future Oceans Lab, Julia Ameneiro