Research Institute on Population and Social Policies

November 16st

Women and Research in Physics: between gender stereotypes and professions of the future” – a new edition of the competition organized by the Genera Network is underway

The 4th edition of the competition is underway "Women and Research in Physics: between gender stereotypes and future professionso” organized for the 2022/2023 school year.

The competition, aimed at students of secondary schools (classes III, IV and V) who can participate individually or in groups, aims to raise awareness on gender issues in science and in particular on emerging professions related to the study of physics .

THEUnited Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, signed in 2015 by 193 states, underlines the importance of work as an engine and accelerator for long-term sustainable development.
The rapid technological evolution and the climate emergency make it necessary to have figures with indispensable scientific, technological, IT, digital and interdisciplinary skills who will be the basis for the development of an eco-sustainable economy. It is estimated that the next five years will be decisive in shaping 60% of the professions of the future.

The gender imbalance in many of the advanced training and career paths in the research and technology sectors has a strong social impact. These issues have been identified by the European Commission as priorities for research in Europe. Italy also recognizes that the scarce presence of women in study and in working environments in which STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are required, and in particular physics, is a significant obstacle to the economic growth of our country.

Participants will have to present the project in the form of an unedited video of a maximum duration of 5 minutes, the technical requirements for which are available on the site The winning videos will be presented in Rome in May 2023 on the occasion of a day dedicated to the role of women in physics. The winners will receive a scientific kit and a plaque with the name of the school that won the prize.

Participation in the competition must be submitted by February 17 2023, While the sottomissione del progetto entro il 17 marzo 2023.

The competition is organized byNational Institute of Nuclear Physics and from National Research Council - Research Institute on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS), partner of the European network “GENERA - Gender Equality Network in the European Research Area, in collaboration with the project H2020 "MINDtheGEPs - Modifying Institutions by Developing Gender Equality Plans” (GA 101006543).

The initiative has the support of the Italian Society of Physics,Physics Teaching Associationto, of springer nature and Elsevier.

Press contacts:
Roberta Antolini, INFN – Gran Sasso National Laboratories: