In 2024, only 35% of all students in STEM related fields of study are women
Despite statistics that show close performance of girls and boys in science and mathematics, strong gendered stereotypes prevail: many girls are still less encouraged in STEM fields and have limited choices (if any) for their education and career development
Women occupy a small minority of top-level positions despite an improvement in recent years and only 22 women have been awarded a Nobel prize in a scientific discipline to date.
Our Objective: Involving Women in Science to highlight their career and favor their access to senior academic positions.
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Two Leaders: Marta Sawicka, Poland & Vera Marinova , Bulgaria
With the help of Yamina André, France & Noelle Gogneau, France
Marta Sawicka received a MSc in material science and engineering from Warsaw University of Technology in 2008. She received a PhD degree in physics in 2015 in the Institute of High Pressure Physics Polish Academy of Sciences (IHPP PAS), also known as UNIPRESS. She continues scientific work as a research projects leader in MBE Laboratory headed by prof. Czesław Skierbiszewski. Her scientific interests are focused on plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE), novel constructions of nitride laser diodes grown and on exploring the potential of porous GaN in quantum structures and devices.
She published 60 scientific papers in semiconductor physics and nitride growth by MBE, being greatly supported by her research team at Unipress and collaborators. She was awarded a scholarship of Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2013) for outstanding young researchers.
Marta says that the first challenge she had to face at the beginning of her scientific work was related to transitioning from engineering to physics. Over time, she learned to appreciate the advantages of her diverse background. She believes that everyone possesses unique talents, and it is worthwhile to contribute to projects with one’s best expertise and skills. Flexible work hours and a supportive boss enable her to balance her work commitments with family obligations. Marta says that having a female role model was very important for her to choose science. Therefore in her spare time she voluntarily organizes experiments for children in kindergarten and primary school to tell them about her work in epitaxy, and ignite their excitement with their initial results playing with physics and chemistry laws.