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Festive celebration International Day of Women and Girls in Science in Leiden

On Saturday 9 February 2019 we celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2019 in Leiden! View the photos of this festive day, with contributions from Robbert Dijkgraaf and Ewine van Dishoeck, and numerous fascinating workshops and exciting experiments.

Science for everyone

On this day we celebrated the role of women in science and introduced young girls to the field. About 250 women and girls, but also male visitors, attended the festive programme at the Gorlaeus building. The day started and ended with plenary sessions from Kavli award winner Ewine van Dishoeck and brand-new Leiden honorary doctor Robbert Dijkgraaf, but also included presentations by Jacqueline Prins, Director Emancipation at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and computer science researcher Félienne Hermans. In between these sessions, visitors got to experience science themselves in workshops and DIY activities

Leiden University honourary doctor Robbert Dijkgraaf about the women in science who inspired him: Emmy Noether and Maryam Mirzakhani.
Programming Micro:bits with music, your name, or a heart.
Experiments with liquid nitrogen in de show Freezing Physics.
Already looking like a real professor!
What do you need to do science? A very handy tool is programming, says computer scientist Félienne Hermans.
Professor of Molecular astrophysics Ewine van Dishoeck speaks about her own carreer and offers advice to future scientists.

About the international Day of Women and Girls in Science in Leiden

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science has been established by the United Nations. The organisers of the celebration on 9 February in Leiden are the Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of  Physics (LION) of Leiden University, together with VHTO, the Dutch national expert organization on girls/women and science/technology and the Dutch Research School for Astronomy (NOVA).

The day is part of the celebration of the 444-year anniversary of Leiden University. Within astronomy this day is also celebrated worldwide because the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is 100 years old this year. Ewine van Dishoeck is the current president-elect of this global professional organization of astronomers.

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