Female physicists and engineers go back to school

Cristina Bahamonde Castro, nuclear and chemistry engineer, talking to pupils who are not missing a word.


Female scientists visited 108 local classrooms to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Throughout the week leading up to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, female scientists and engineers visited schools in the local area to talk about their jobs.

Some 2400 pupils between the ages of 7 and 18 from 108 different classes had the opportunity to meet 47 women working at CERN, the University of Geneva and EPFL. These women talked about their careers and their daily work, revealed the answers to a few of science’s mysteries, sometimes even conducted small experiments, and answered numerous questions on subjects ranging from supernovas to absolute zero and the speed of light. The visitors received an enthuasiastic welcome from the captivated pupils, who were delighted with the talks.

No doubt they’ve inspired lots of budding scientists and engineers!

Last year, 34 volunteers visited 70 classrooms in the local area.


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