The Mentors Add Value to the E-STEAM project with their experience

The EuroFUE-UJI team, under the framework of the E-STEAM program, will gather a large group of mentors with a long career in the STEAM areas (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The mentors will play an essential role in the project, participating in the mentoring program of the same. With their experience, they will serve as inspiration for the participants in the E-STEAM project, as feminine examples that have reached their dreams through academic STEM areas. 

This phase will include a total of 11 mentors from the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematics areas. In the area of ​​chemistry, we find Rosa Llusar (UJI Professor), and the researchers of the Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM) Beatriz Julián and Macarena Poyatos. The UJI agronomist María Jesús Muñoz and Elena Fernández, graduated in Multimedia Engineering by the University of Valencia. 

In the area of ​​sciences, the E-STEAM project has some professors in Computer Science such as Mercedes Marqués and Inmaculada Remolar, Raquel Agost, graduated in Psychology and Marta Tolosa and Marisa Falcó, both graduated in Biomedical Science. In addition, we also find Marina Murillo, graduated in Mathematics. All of them will share their experience with the mentees in their respective areas. Although some of them, like the chemical researcher Beatriz Julián, have already shared their perspective about the situation of women in STEM studies and careers.

During the next months, each of the mentors will work with 2 participants of the E-STEAM project, which they will guide and advise according to the results achieved to date by the Jaume I-Business University Foundation in collaboration with the research group GeST, Gender, Health and Work (http: // gest .uji.es /) directed by the Jaume I University professor Eva Cifre and the consortium of the project composed of six entities and led by the Agrupamento de Escolas de Silves (Portugal). The latest data obtained and which will be worked on are the following four stereotypes: the belief that girls are less able to study STEM degrees than boys, the belief that boys work in the STEM fields because it is something innate for them, the orientation that men receive so that they achieve their work objectives while girls are guided to take care of people and about society. 

With the help of their mentors, the Erasmus + E-STEAM project (Equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) will work for two years to increase and balance the presence of women in the scientific education field responding to its scarce presence.