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Event: International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2019 in Leiden

February 9 @ 10:00 - 15:00

On Saturday 9 February, 2019 we celebrate the UN-proclaimed International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2019 in Leiden. At this date, Leiden University, National expert organization on girls/women and science/technology VHTO and NOVA collaborate to organise a festive day for (female) scientists and (PhD, university and high school) students. Also graduates (as well as their daughters and grand-daughters) are cordially invited to attend the event.

And of course RISE will also be present at the event and all RISE members are invited!

Prominent experts will give a presentation. Confirmed speakers include Physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf, who will receive a honorary doctorate during the Dies Natalis of Leiden University the day before the festival and Ewine van Dishoeck, Professor of Molecular astrophysics. Furthermore, the program consists of fun workshops, experiments and side activities. The event takes place between 10am and 3pm on February 9.

To break the gender gap at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to increase the participation of girls and women across these domains, the United Nations have proclaimed 11 February of each year the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Furthermore, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) celebrates its 100th birthday in 2019. Therefore, the IAU aims to spotlight female astronomers at the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and also interest girls in astronomy. In the Netherlands, this is combined in the festivities on February 9 in Leiden.

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Do you want to receive updates on the content of the program and/or register your attendance? We will keep you updated via the RISE website! Moreover, please visit the original news item of Leiden university for the link to the registration page >>


February 9
10:00 - 15:00


Gorlaeus Laboratories New building, Faculty of Science
Einsteinweg 55
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