News from CEXS-UPF
The Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) is strongly committed to gender equality. As a proof, the Maria de Maeztu Program includes, since 2016, a Gender Action Plan with specific funding to help female researchers in pursuing and consolidating their scientific career.
Twice a year, the DCEXS launches a call to provide financial assistance to young, talented and motivated mothers. It consists of a scholarship of up to € 200 per month for one academic year, with a renewal possibility in the following year. This spring, the winner of the aid was Selma Serra, a postdoctoral researcher at the Molecular Physiology Laboratory. "Since I am mother, the path to persevere in my scientific career has not been easy. The Gender Action Plan will help me to reconcile the worlds of work and family, investing in time and quality of life. I hope this has an impact on the well-being of my whole family and improves my performance as a mother and a scientist, "says Serra.
According to data from UNESCO, women are still underrepresented in research and development in all regions of the world. Although in Spain the degree students in the field of sciences are mostly women, when it comes to developing the scientific career the female sector only accounts for 39% of all researchers.