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The women astrophysicists and engineers at the IAC, in the foreground

Feb. 14, 2018

The second chapter of “Girls who broke a glass ceiling looking at the sky” will be published today. This continues the audiovisual series which was initiated with the proyect “The return of Henrietta Leavitt, from school to a research career by way of the theatre” promoted by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) belonging to the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitivity of the Government of Spain. This new chapter is now available on the video channels (YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion) and the social networks of the Institute.

According to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) the proportion of women who are professional astronomers in Spain is 20% compared to 80% for their male colleagues. These data show that there is a lot of work that needs to be done before reaching a 40/60 balance, which has already been achieved in countries such as Argentina, where women make up 41% of  the professionals in this science.

Motivated by the activities associated with the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science - 11 Feb” the IAC is publishing through its video channels the second chapter of “Girls who broke a glass ceiling looking at the sky”. The aim of this series is to publicize the work of women astrophysicists and engineers at the IAC, and to enhance interest in scientific and technical careers among young women.

This second episode, produced by the Unit of Communication and Scientific Culture of the IAC, includes stories by: Antonia María Varela Pérez, Patricia Chinchilla Gallego, Ángeles Pérez de Taoro and Nayra Rodríguez Eugenio.

Ficha técnica:

Dirección: Carmen del Puerto Varela

Realización: Inés Bonet Márquez

Producción: Laura Calero Hernández y Alejandra Rueda Moral

Coordinación: Elena Mora Cuesta y Nayra Rodríguez Eugenio

Infografía 3D: Gabriel Pérez Díaz y NASA/ESO

Timelapses: Daniel López

Música: Black Mirror

Other press releases:

Links to 1st chapter:

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