To celebrate the International day, the 8th of March 2016, we are launching a campaign where ten female scientists working in Finnish universities or research intitutes share their inspirational stories.
Computational science plays a key role when looking for answers to the great challenges of humankind. Computational methods and supercomputers are essential, for instance, when exploring climate change, renewable energy, fusion energy, space or new medicines. In a digitising society computational methods are becoming more common also in new fields of studies.
Regardless of the opportunities involved in using computational methods there is a gender division amongst the researchers using computational science methods. Majority of them are men. It's also worth mentioning that, for instance, according to the results of the latest Finnish [Tiedebarometri] , men are in general more interested in technology, science and research topics. It would be intriguing to know whether a strong feeling of communality, a vivid discussion about careers and encouraging examples by women of science would, for one's part, add women's interest in the enchanting world of science.
Perfect equation campaign is aiming precisely on that. The goal is to highlight female researchers working with computational methods in Finnish universities and research institutes. The stories open a window to researchers' everyday life and give an introduction to their fascinating research topics.
We wish, that encouraged by these examples girls and women would feel even more motivated in becoming researchers, studying technical and natural sciences, and especially in entering the world of computational science. Furthermore, the goal is to add awareness of gender equality in technical and scientific branches of science.
The patron of the campaign is the Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.
CSC's campaign is carried out with the aid of [Tieteen tiedotus ry] in co-operation with Vapa Media.