International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an international observance launched by the United Nations celebrated annually on February 11 which aims to promote gender equality in the field of science.


To celebrate this occasion, we are interviewing Ulysseus students from various STEM disciplines who explain to us why they chose their field of studies and tell us who are the females scientist that mostly inspire them.



Women in STEM disciplines

According to the United Nations…

  1. Women are often given smaller research grants than their male colleagues and, while they represent 33.3% of all researchers, only 12% of members of national science academies are women
  2. Only one in five professionals (22%) is a women in fields such as Artificial intelligence
  3. Women still account for only 28% of engineering graduates and 40% of graduates in computer science and informatics
  4. Female researchers have shorter and less well-paid careers. Also, their work is underrepresented in high-profile journals and they are often passed over for promotion.



Let's celebrate 11 February!

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, is celebrated by the United Nations on February 11th each year and it aims to promote gender equality in the field of science. It acknowledges the crucial role women and girls play in science and technology and seeks to encourage their full and equal participation.

The day serves as a platform to raise awareness about the challenges women face in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and advocates for increased opportunities and support for women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.




Key facts


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Women accounted for one in three (33%) researchers in 2018. They have achieved parity (in numbers) in life sciences in many countries and, in some cases, they even dominate this field.


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They make up just one-quarter (28%) of tertiary graduates in engineering and 40% of those in computer sciences. Just 22% of professionals working in the field of AI are women.


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Women remain a minority in technical and leadership roles in tech companies.

Our Students

Elena Llebrez-Torres

Student of the BSc in Software Engineering at the University of Seville (Spain)

Fabiola Fick

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Student of MsC in Smart-EdTech, Co-creativity, Technology and Enhanced Learning at Université Côte d’Azur (France)


Flavia Boragina

PhD student in the Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Sciences Doctoral School at University of Genoa (Italy)

Saga Yliluoma

Student of the BSc in Business Information Technology in Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Maria Grazianova

PhD student at the Institute of Technology, Economics and Management in Construction at the Technical University of Kosice (Slovakia)

Ajla Šukurica

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Student of BSc in Mathematics and Computer Sciences at the University of Montenegro (Montenegro)

STEM students in Ulysseus

Watch their testimonials

Please keep an eye to this section of the web to watch the mini-interviews of Ulysseus STEM students. These will be published from 6-11 of February 2024.