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PROMICON Women in Science presents: Marianna Garfi

9 February 2024
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PROMICON’s new social media campaign #WomenInScience aims to portray the excitement and the difficulties that come with being a female scientist, shedding more light on this career path. Each week, we will tell the stories of the women behind PROMICON and this week we are presenting you Marianna Garfi from UPC.

What initially sparked your interest in science?  

I actually had no referent person or leader who inspired me. I have found science very interesting since the beginning of my school years.

What are some common misconceptions about being a female scientist that you've encountered in your career?

I think it depends on the field. A few decades ago, in the field of engineering the most common misconception was that engineering was just a “man’s business”. Fortunately, everything is changing and we can see more and more women working in this field.

How do you feel about the representation of women in PROMICON?

I think PROMICON has achieved an increased representation of women in the project that can distinguish it from other projects. 

What actions would you recommend to EU policymakers to enhance gender equality in European-funded projects?

The implementation of a Gender Plan in the institutions that receive European funds is key and I think it will help to build a more gender-balanced work environment and society in general. Education is another key factor. Giving students examples of female leaders in science or other fields is essential.

Which female scientist do you look up to the most and why?  

Margherita Hack is one of my favourite female scientists. She was an Italian astrophysicist and scientific disseminator. She was considered as a leader and a referent person, not only for her scientific work but also for her social and political activity. She used science to support gender equality and human rights.

What advice would you give to young women considering a career in science nowadays?

Follow your intuition and never give up!

Marianna Garfi from UPC