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Networking Breakfast - European Parliament, Strasbourg

Activity by Catherine Feore   |   added on Jan 12, 2011   |   Belgium Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences

We have invited four women MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) to participate in the global handshake, that is ‘Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time’. Each of the MEPs is very familiar with the issues of ‘Women in Science’

Where : European Parliament, Strasbourg

When : 9:00 – 10:00, GMT/UTC + 01:00 hour, Tuesday, 18th January 2011

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The European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences, has invited four women MEPs to participate in the global handshake, that is ‘Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time’. Each of the MEPs is very familiar with the issues of ‘Women in Science’, as all our members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.  31% of of the European Parliament’s 785 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament ) are women. This is much higher than most national averages. Please don’t hesitate to send in a question :, add a comment on this page or send a tweet!

Edit Herczog MEP (Hungarian) 

Ms Edit Herczog MEP originally trained as a food conservation engineer and was a research fellow with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Mme Herczog, has also worked in industry, including time spent in both Unilever and ICI Hungary. Ms Herczog is a member of the European Parliament’s committee for Industry, Research and Energy and recently wrote a report on behalf of the committee on the draft budget 2011, in the report Ms Herczog called on the European Parliament to maintain, promote and secure financing for research and technological development in the European Union. 

Maria da Graça Carvalho MEP (Portuguese) 

Ms Maria da Graça Carvalho MEP has had a distinguished academic career. A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lisbon, Ms Carvalho then completed her PhD in Imperial College London. Mrs Carvalho was Portugal’s Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education and was Principal adviser of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso. Mme Carvalho was Full Professor at the Technical University of Lisbon in the areas of energy and climate change. As a member of the European Parliament’s committee on Industry, Research and Innovation, Mme Carvalho has recently written a report that is pioneering the simplification of the EU’s research programme. 

Teresa Riera Madurell MEP (Spanish) 

Ms Riera Madurell MEP has had a distinguished career as a researcher and academic in the field of mathematics, the University of Barcelona and was a University professor in the University of the Balearic Islands. Ms Riera Madurell, as a former Associate Vice-Chancellor has had a particularly strong interest in the need to modernise the EU’s universities and improve the dialogue and collaboration between universities and business increasing the opportunities to sustain economic growth.  Ms Riera Madurell has also been involved in the promotion of gender studies and encouraging the involvement of women in politics.

 Britta Thomsen MEP (Danish) 

Ms Britta Thomsen has extensive experience as a teacher and organiser of adult education. Ms Thomsen MEP was Director and owner of Facilitate (consultancy), working with labour market issues at European level (2001-2004). Mrs Thomsen MEP has written reports for the European Parliament on ‘Action against Cancer’ and the potential for jobs in a more sustainable economy. Mrs Thomsen is also the author of a European Parliament report identifying and suggesting solutions for the social, cultural and other barriers that account for the under-representation of women in science, entitled ‘Women and Science’, see links (the right hand column of this page).


Topic: networking Audience: women chemists


Livia Simon Sarkadi | Jan 13, 2011 01:53PM

As part of our celebration of the International Year of Chemistry, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences has produced a book called "European Women in Chemistry", which will be launched at the official Opening ceremoony in Paris on 27 January 2011. This year we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Marie Sklodowska Curie. Which other woman chemist would be a good role model for women chemists today?


Prof.Dr. Livia Simon Sarkadi (co-editor of the book)

Helena Grennberg | Jan 13, 2011 08:19PM

From your own experience,  which are the barriers facing particularly women at various stages of their scientific career in Europe today? From  the European perspective, how do you think the situation for women scientists is improving?

Prof Dr Helena Grennberg, Uppsala, Sweden

Emilia Arjona | Jan 14, 2011 01:56PM

From your point of view, what do yo think are the most exciting challenges for the chemical sciences in the next ten years?

Desde vuestro punto de vista, ¿Cuáles serán los desafíos más fascinantes para las ciencias químicas en los próximos diez años?

Emilia Arjona, Asociación Nacional de Químicos de España. ANQUE.

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