Helping out others! Queen Letizia of Spain met with women scientists and entrepreneurs on Tuesday, February 8, in Madrid, Spain.
The royal sported a plaid red coat, which she paired with a maroon turtleneck and black pants.
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"Doña Letizia chaired the meeting between scientists and entrepreneurs. 'Breaking glass ceilings: scientific women, from the laboratory to entrepreneurship,' organized as a result of 11-F, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, by María Mayán and Guadalupe Sabio from the Women and Science group of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM) and in collaboration with the National Museum of Natural Sciences, the Spanish Association of Biocompanies (AseBio) and the Spanish Association for Cancer Research (ASEICA)," the message read.
The note continued, "During the meeting, Her Majesty the Queen was accompanied by the Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant; the Secretary General for Research, Raquel Yotti; and the president of the Higher Council for Scientific Research, Rosa María Menéndez. The main objective of this meeting was to make visible the role of women in science, technology and business, highlighting their most outstanding contributions and showing success stories."
The message concluded, "References that encourage other researchers and entrepreneurs who awaken scientific vocations among the youngest. They explained with data the glass ceiling in science and entrepreneurship, vocations in girls for STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and discussed measures to be adopted in the science environment to achieve a more adequate integration of women to all scientific career positions. During the meeting, the start of a series of scientific talks was announced, which will be held from February to March at the museum, aimed at secondary school and high school students."
"The meeting dealt with the situation of women and science in Spain by Guadalupe Sabio from the Carlos III National Center for Cardiovascular Research," the statement continued. "The round table was followed by Isabel Varela Nieto from the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM), Marisol Soengas from the Spanish Association for Cancer Research (ASEICA), Ana Polanco from the Spanish Association of Biocompanies (AseBio), Patricia Fernández de Lis from the science news website 'Materia' and Ana Risk Gil from the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC)."