8th March: START cares for gender balance

We take the occasion of the International Women’s Day to give our START project’s status in terms of gender equality.

A few weeks ago we ran an internal “Initial Gender Diagnosis” to understand what is the gender balance within the partners of the Consortium concerning the personnel involved in the project. The results were relatively good: 40% of the people involved in START are women, with 1 female workpackage leader, 5 task leaders, and 3 team leaders. As always, some room for improvement towards gender balance, that is still not perfect in Europe in the Scientific and Technical sector, especially in manufacturing; but a good starting point!

To celebrate this 8th of March 2023 we will offer you today three contributions from some of our colleagues, as representatives of the female side of the consortium: Gracia Olivenza of ASGMI (Spain) and Concepción Fernández Leyva of IGME-CSIC (Spain) that have recorded videos for the occasion; and Patricia Almeida Carvalho of SINTEF (Norway).

Let us give a meaning to this Day also during the rest of the year!

Gracia Olivenza (ASGMI, Spain)

Concepción Fernández Leyva (IGME-CSIC, Spain)

Senior Scientist Patricia Almeida Carvalho tenured as professor in physical metallurgy and materials science at the University of Lisbon, where she worked for 10 years, including a sabbatical year at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (2008). She has 25 years' experience in electron microscopy and moved to Norway in 2014 to develop research activities at the Norwegian Center for Transmission Electron Microscopy (NORTEM) and has since been established as one of the country's leading microscopists and materials scientists. She has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals including work in functional materials such as thermoelectric compounds.

In the START project, Patricia Carvalho leads the work package ‘Materials Characterization’. The goals are to thoroughly (i) characterize and understand the materials developed in terms of their chemical and structural properties; (ii) evaluate their thermoelectric behaviour in terms of electrical transport properties (Carrier concentration, Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity) and thermal conductivity, (iii) provide feedback to the teams involved in the mineral separation and concentration in the material processing and in the device production.

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