Serata AFIST – 15 Februarie 2023

On the occasion of the International Day of Women in Science, the Association of Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (AFIST) proudly organized and hosted an event to mark the importance of the role of women in the scientific and technological community and to draw attention to the needed support in this direction. Science, Engineering, and Technology are the main tools for each society to advance toward sustainable development, and the main purpose of this event was to highlight the incredible achievements of women in the fields of science, engineering, and technology and the importance of involving as many parties as possible from different backgrounds and varied skills and experiences.

The event was a crowning of inspiration, knowledge exchange, and artistic expression.

A journey of empowerment: Opening remarks

The event started with a speech by the President of AFIST, Nicoleta Safca. Her words resonated with the audience, underlining the importance of recognizing and celebrating the contributions of women in science, and especially the support needed for the development of educational, cultural, and interdisciplinary programs for the youth of Romania. The purpose of this event was to create an inclusive, relaxing atmosphere in which the achievements of women in the STEM fields were at the center stage, but also to raise awareness of the needs of the technical fields that are so important to every society.

Global Voices of Support: Messages from Influential Figures

The International Day of Women in Science, organized by AFIST, also received messages from notable figures who champion the cause of gender equality in the scientific community:

Simona-Mirela Niculescu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate of Romania to UNESCO: In her message, Ambassador Simona-Mirela Niculescu emphasized the vital role that women play in shaping the future of science and innovation. She emphasized the need for continued support for women in technical fields and increased opportunities to ensure that the voices of women are heard, and their full potential in these fields is achieved.

Sebastian Burduja, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Digitization: The message of Minister Burduja underlined the commitment of the government to promote the participation of women in STEM fields. He shared details of the initiatives taken to create a healthy environment for the growth of women in science and technology.

Puțin despre lumea și viața științifică: Panel de discuții:  Doamne ale științei românești

A discussion full of challenges, shared experiences, and smiles featuring two extraordinary women researchers from Romania who have paved their own way in the scientific world and brought extraordinary value through their discoveries and research:

Dr. Mariana Bobeica: Dr. Bobeica shared her journey through the complex world of biophysics. Her experiences and discoveries demonstrated the importance of perseverance and collaboration in pushing the boundaries of knowledge.

Dr. Ana Caramete: Dr. Caramete illustrated her scientific work and studies in the field of cosmology. Her story highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of science and the potential it offers in addressing global challenges and understanding the Universe.

Harmony of knowledge and artistic character: piano and violin recital

The evening became melodious with a captivating concert performed by Laura Lăzărescu and Andreea Runceanu, members of the famous musical group Amadeus.

Melodiile s-au îmbinat perfect cu tema evenimentului, simbolizând și sugerând în același timp lucrurile și experiențele minunate pe care le poate oferi fuziunea dintre creativitate și explorare științifică.

Fostering Connections: Networking Reception

The event ended with a networking reception that fostered connections among attendees. Participants engaged in meaningful conversations, exchanged ideas, and established foundations for new collaborations, all with the common goal of advancing women in science, engineering, and technology.

AFIST extends sincere appreciation to all participants, speakers, and artists who contributed to the success of the event. As we celebrate the achievements of women in science, we hope for a better future in which their contributions continue to shape and inspire the world.