Scientific Careers: What if we motivated girls?

The scientific professions suffer from a general crisis of vocations and a feminine disaffection. According to the CNISF (National Council of Engineers and Scientists of France) and the National Education, girls represent only 25% of students in engineering school, and 36.6% of enrolled in scientific fields. How to reverse the trend?

Jacqueline LAMBERT, 34, runs a SSII

Jacqueline LAMBERT, 34 years old, has created and runs "Philae", an IT services and engineering services company in Rousset (Bouches-du-Rhône). Mission: Design and develop advanced computer systems for businesses, administrations, and associations. She completed an engineering degree at EPITA with a DESS "Application Software Engineering". She is a winner of the Excellencia Award in the category "Supplier Engineer"
"I chose to study at EPITA because, at the time, it was one of the few schools that offered specialized training in artificial intelligence, and what I'm passionate about in this area is not so much pure computer technology that the diversity of areas that can be addressed through the computer.Create my business initially was a desire to manage my working time to combine family life and professional career. The taste of the adventure has done the rest For more women in the scientific professions, it is necessary to show the girls that it is possible The role of the parents is important They can also make them discover places, events that will awaken a vocation ".

Christelle GUIRAUD, 31 years old, museologist

Christelle GUIRAUD, 31, is a museologist at the Palais de la Découverte in Paris. She designs and organizes scientific events. Project manager of the exhibition "Illusions, it's a big mistake", she also participated in the realization of "Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis" She has a master's degree in molecular biology and a postgraduate degree in scientific communication.
"After my master's degree at the University of Aix-Marseille, I continued my studies in Spain and then worked for a year in a research laboratory, and I did not want to continue. was to make the most of the knowledge that I had acquired towards a communication in the service of the general public.The exhibitions attracted me, because they make it possible to sensitize the pleasure of the scientific approach.To motivate the interest of the girls, one can show them that scientific phenomena have a surprising side, a little bluffing, which connects very easily to everyday life. "

Outings to arouse scientific curiosity

The Palais de la Découverte in Paris
Do not miss the exhibition "Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis" by Nathalie Puzenat.

Until May 11, 2008

And also :
The Museum of Arts and Crafts (Paris)
The City of Sciences (Paris)
The Vessel (Strasbourg)
The Cité de l'Espace (Toulouse)

Christine AZEVEDO-COSTE, 33, researcher in robotics for the disabled

Christine AZEVEDO-COSTE, 33, is a researcher in the field of robotics at the service of the physically challenged at the INRIA (National Institute of Research in Computer Science) of Sophia-Antipolis. She studies signals that inform the state of the muscles to facilitate the life of hemiplegics. Holder of a doctorate in robotics, she has just won the Excellencia award in applied research.

"I did not make a definitive choice after the Baccalaureate.Bioology and physics attracted me, mathematics a little less.After a scientific DEUG and an engineering school, I was a business engineer for a I was making a good living, but that did not suit me, it was curiosity, the desire to learn and the need for contact with reality that motivated me to do research in robotics. did not go to school, my father wanted me to be a hairdresser, but they approved my choices, I think that what matters is passion. of closed door, nor track traced and support them in their choice.

The 10 Laureates 2007 of the L'Oreal Award For Women and Science (video)

Here are 10 exceptional young women. Pushing aside ideas, they put their passion, their generosity and their professionalism at the service of research. They are brilliant PhD students in science with infectious enthusiasm.

The L'Oréal-Unesco Prize for Women and Science awards research grants to women preparing for a doctorate in physics, chemistry, engineering, medicine and biology.


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