Four political groups from Salamanca´s Town Council approve this motion with the aim of giving visibility to female scientists and eliminating the gender gap.

The Political Parties that form part of the current local council, PP, PSOE, Ciudadanos and Ganemos Salamanca, have unanimously approved of the participation of the town council in activities that will help disseminate and promote the participation of women and girls in science.

Last week we have celebrated International Women´s and Girls´ Science Day, whose aim is to put an end to prejudices and invest more in STEM and offer the same opportunities to women and girls to improve their career outlook and their professional development.  With this aim, the local socialist group carried out works on this topic and presented a motion at the Municipal Plenary Meeting which took place on the 10th of March. This motion can be viewed here, in it, Salamanca´s Town Council is being urged to:   

  •  Participate, collaborate and disseminate activities related to the International Women´s and Girl´s International Science Day.
  •  Include initiatives in the planned activities of the Salamanca City of Knowledge Foundation, that will encourage schools to explore professional scientific careers.
  •  Organize activities that will publicly celebrate the contribution of female scientists to the scientific progress and to the society.
  •  Set collaboration and cooperation schemes with the University of Salamanca and the Pontificia University in order to reach these goals.

It makes me happy to know that such joust and important matters for science are of key interest to our governors. My congratulations to all of them.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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