An all-female exhibition in Prague celebrates the role of women in the world of science and contributes to overcoming the prejudices and stereotypes in applied science and in the world of research.
The “A Life as a Scientist” exhibition was inaugurated on Women’s Day by the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague and it draws inspiration from the databank of the “100 Women Against Stereotypes” project launched by the Osservatorio di Pavia and the Associazione di giornaliste Gi.U.Li.A., in partnership with the Bracco Foundation and with the support of the European Commission Representation in Italy.
Through the 36 photographic portraits displayed in the Baroque Chapel of the Italian Cultural Institute, the project “A Life as a Scientist – the faces of the project #100esperti” expresses the voices but also the faces of some of the Italian experts in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), who accepted to sit for photographer Gerald Bruneau.
The project that continues with the traveling exhibition in Italy – open until 8 April – and abroad, pursues the goal of breaking down the stereotypes that still mark the world of scientific divulgation and dismantling the widespread prejudices on the figure of women in the technical-scientific professions.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by the Minister of Science and Innovation of the Czech Republic, Helena Langsadlova, who expressed her admiration for Italy – seen as a model of integration. The minister then invited Italian Institutions to a bilateral meeting to further strengthen scientific cooperation between the two countries.
Two young Italian researchers, Anna Cimmino, from the Department of Physics of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, and Anna Tropia, professor of Medieval Philosophy at the Charles University of Prague, brought their testimony as scholars committed to global research.
In his intervention the Italian Ambassador, Mauro Marsili, recalled how at present almost 100 Italian scientists and researchers, both men and women, are at work in the Czech Republic, some of whom are at the head of their research departments.