Within the Gender Equality Plan of Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, an online training course in 3 modules is underway. Thanks to qualified lecturers in the areas of social sciences and humanities, law, psychology and science, we intend to raise gender awareness and to increase general sensitivity and knowledge about gender culture by involving of all colleagues.

Module 1. Work, rights, discrimination
The module aims to provide basic training on the sources of anti-discrimination law, not only with regard to the Italian legal system, but also looking at European Union law. The concepts of direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, moral harassment and sexual harassment will be depth explored, and the tools for combating these phenomena will be analyzed. In addition, a specific focus will be devoted to the theme of work-life balance, "gender" collective bargaining and positive actions, as useful tools to counter stereotypes, still widespread, and to achieve full equality in the workplace, including in terms of pay.
Lecturer of reference: prof. lawyer Roberta Nunin
Period: April-May

Module 2. Theories and languages of gender
The first part of this module will discuss the different notions of gender with the different perspectives they refer to and their specific traditions of thought. The aim is to clarify the assumptions and practical consequences of a variety of positions that from time to time it is appropriate to be able to recognize and evaluate in order to deal with the many stereotypes that gender issues bring into play. The second part will be devoted to illustrating issues related to language and gender with a small workshop of practical exercises.
Reference teacher: Prof. Sergia Adamo
Period: month of May-June

Module 3. Gender and scientific culture
The absence of women in science has historically been a problem that the present is gradually taking note of in order to radically change the situation. What stories and figures from the past do we need to recover in the name of the role they played in scientific development? What is being done today to ensure that this does not happen again? What issues need to be put at the center of research so that gender and science no longer remain two mutually exclusive domains? The module will try to answer these questions through the presentation of a variety of current initiatives and projects.
Reference teacher: Prof. Anna Gregorio
Period: month of September


The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated annually on February 11th to promote gender equality in the field of science and technology. This day highlights the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology and aims to inspire and encourage more girls and women to pursue careers in these fields.
Gender bias and discrimination have been pervasive in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, which has resulted in a significant gender gap in these areas. Despite the progress made in recent years, women and girls are still underrepresented in STEM-related jobs, with only 28% of researchers being women.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science seeks to address this gender imbalance and encourages women and girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. The day serves as a reminder of the importance of women's contribution to science and technology and the need to promote gender equality in these fields.
The celebration of this day involves various activities such as conferences, workshops, and talks. It provides a platform for women scientists to share their experiences and challenges and inspire young girls to consider careers in STEM fields.

In 2023, the women of Elettra took part in a photography project (viewable here) to raise the community's awareness of the issue.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2023 08:26