Hidraqua’s Aquae Stem program resumes its scientific webinars with Nuria Oliver from Alicante


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The third edition of Water STEM, the educational program of AQUAE Foundation, the Hidraqua Foundation, in which they participate 51 Primary centers, has decided to keep the webinars with female referents in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Its purpose is to awaken vocations among girls in professional sectors with a low female presence, showing them, in a didactic way and through real and close examples, that gender does not condition success in the scientific universe.

The first webinar of this course will take place on November 10, World Science Day. It will be starred by the Alicante Telecommunications engineer, Nuria Oliver, which will tell the girls how she approached the world of science, her professional and life experiences in different countries, and her achievements in the forefront of science. artificial intelligence to make computers smarter and friendlier.

In his opinion, «it is very important to believe in yourself. Sometimes it’s tough being in male-dominated terrain because there aren’t many women to talk to and learn from. It is very important to encourage girls to pursue careers in science and technology.

In the following months, the Aquae STEM webinars will feature, among other leading professionals, astrophysics Nanda Rea, the marine biologist Alicia Pérez-Porro, as well as with women responsible for different areas of activity of the Agbar group.

Under the motto “Face to face with your future”, the on-line appointments will take place from the proximity and establishing a direct connection between the experts and the students. The objective is to create innovative and participatory environments, and promote and make female talent visible.

For this new season, the foundation once again has Irene Lapuente, a physicist by training and a specialist in communication and scientific dissemination, who will be the host of these webinars. Irene is the founder and director of La Mandarina de Newton, a company that “combines” science and technology with disciplines such as art or design.

In the Valencian Community, they participate in this program almost 500 school girls from Alicante, Torrent, Elche, Orihuela and Crevillent from Hidraqua and its affiliated companies Aguas de Alicante, Aigües de l’Horta and Aigües d’Elx.

They started with the pandemic

The Aquae STEM online meetings arose as a result of the health crisis as a formula not to interrupt the development of the program, which seeks to awaken the interest of the students from 2nd to 6th grade of Primary for the scientific careers through current and close female references. Its excellent result during the previous year was evident in the degree of satisfaction shown by both the schools and the 2,500 participating students, for whom it was an opportunity. This edition had the participation of another leading woman in this field in the Region, such as Victoria Majadas, president of the ‘Big Ban’ Association and founding partner of the Smart City consultancy ‘Smart To People’.

Firmly committed to women’s access to STEM careers, Fundación Aquae is aware that one of the great problems faced by primary school students in joining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is the lack of of female referents in these fields.

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