The Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense (Unesc) launched 14 August a prize for women in science that will be awarded during the science and technology week in October
The Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense (Unesc) is a community university, located in the municipality of Criciúma, in the southern part of Santa Catarina, Brazil. It works through education, research and extension in different areas of knowledge. It was the first institution of higher education to be deployed in the southern state of Santa Catarina.
In 2023, the 14th edition of the Science and Technology Week (XIV SCT) at Unesc will be themed “Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development”. This theme alludes to the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development and recognizes the importance of basic sciences in achieving at least seven of the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such, the XIV SCT aims to foster the discussion of knowledge and experiences related to the transversality of science, technology and innovation for equitable and sustainable development, seeking to contribute to the SDGs. Sustainable development is development capable of meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the natural resources needed for future generations.
Promote women in science
A new initiative is taken in 2023, as announced 14 August by Luciane Bisognin Ceretta, president of the university: the Unesc Women in Science Award. It was created with the purpose of highlighting and valuing the role of Unesc’s Women Scientists, seeking to recognize the scientific production developed by women at the University, in the different areas of knowledge.
The initiative aims to build gender equity and combat inequalities – whether in the recognition or belonging of women in science, especially in fields historically constructed as male. The aim is to inaugurate a tradition at the University, which dialogues with other equity policies already developed at Unesc, and which encourages the university community to incorporate the views and demands of women in the production of knowledge that is fundamental to the development of a more just, humane, plural and inclusive society.
From students to professors
The Unesc Women in Science Award will be given to women scientists, in different categories, who belong to Unesc’s teaching/research staff, or who have scientific initiation scholarships. To take part in the Award, the candidate must hold a PhD for the Senior category; a Master’s degree for the Full category; or be a Scientific Initiation scholarship holder for the Junior category.