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Girl power and science during the Girls in Science Day

Working on superconductivity, finding an exoplanet or learning how to program with Python. More than one hundred girls visited Leiden University on Thursday 13 February during the Girls in Science Day.

Speed dating with science women

In addition to the workshops, the girls also had the opportunity to speed date with 15 women with educations in physics, astronomy or computer science. They told from their own experience what it is like to work in business (Achmea and TomTom), government organisations (NWO) or science (TU Delft and Leiden University).

The day was opened by Vice Rector Hester Bijl. Next, physicist and communication scientist Julia Cramer interviewed female students of physics, astronomy, and computer science. Cramer also gave a lecture, as did computer scientist Lise Stork.

Inform and inspire

The Girls in Science Day took place in the week of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Even though the proportion of female science students is increasing, women are still underrepresented to this day. The aim of the Girls in Science Day is to inspire 15- to 18-year-old girls and to give them information about the many possibilities of the fields of physics, astronomy, and computer science.

Images: Liesbeth de Lange

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