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08.10.2018 13:52

Science and Technology in Feminine Programme

The Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain (APTE) has launched its ‘Science and Technology in Feminine’ programme to encourage girls in secondary school to choose to study science and technology at university. The Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS) is taking part in the initiative, hosting workshops on robotics, 3D printing, engineering and science, amongst other activities, for 80 female pupils from two local schools, Colegio Monaíta and IES Zaidín-Vergeles.

Juan José Martín Arcos and Jesús Quero attending the workshops in the PTS.


The aim of the Science and Technology in Feminine project is to encourage girls who have opted to study science and technology at secondary school to apply to study STEM subjects at university, helping to bridge the gender gap in these degree programmes. The proportion of female students studying engineering and ICT-related subjects at university is currently very low.

The PTS programme launch was attended by the provincial delegate of Andalusia's Regional Ministry of Knowledge and Employment, Juan José Martín Arcos, and PTS Andalusian Public Foundation managing director Jesús Quero, who visited various workshops as well as the ‘Women who Changed the World’ exhibition, a series of ten information panels detailing the achievements of important historic and contemporary female figures in science and technology.

Juan José Martín Arcos said that the APTE programme is an important and timely initiative, "as there are accurate indicators, like the ones provided by the University of Granada, revealing that there is a higher proportion of male students than female ones studying engineering at degree level. Male students are in the almost overwhelming majority, and young women are not choosing degrees in subjects like computer science or telecommunications, which offer good job prospects.”

Also speaking at the event, Jesús Quero said that other Spanish science parks are also hosting activities as part of the Science and Technology in Feminine programme. He went on to say that although the PTS is home to a large number of health science research centres and institutes “where women play a prominent role, it's true that very few young girls are opting to apply to study engineering at university. With this initiative, APTE is highlighting the importance of encouraging schoolgirls to study certain university degrees to tackle the low numbers of girls studying STEM subjects.”

One of the workshops that all the parks taking part in the programme are running is the ‘Innovative Solutions to Europe's 2020 Challenges’ competition. The aim is to get schoolgirls to look at aspects that could be improved in science and technology parks and suggest possible solutions. The improvements must be linked to the social challenges set out by the European Union in its Europe 2020 strategy.

The girls will also be able to take part in another competition via Instagram, uploading a photo they can use to describe how they want to change the world using the #STEMfemenino hashtag and tagging @cytfemenino. This competition is open to any young girl who wants to get involved, whether she has attended the APTE events or not. Attendees at the workshops will also receive an illustrated guide called ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?', designed specifically for the Science and Technology in Feminine programme and divided into three sections: architecture and engineering, health science, and science.