The first STEM Women’s Congress was held in Barcelona this November. The aim of this congress is to secure a gender balance in the scientific environment by encouraging and supporting women to develop their professional careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Dr. Elisabet Vilella, an active researcher in promoting gender balance and the Research Director of the Pere Mata Institute, was invited to join the round table discussion. Several issues were raised on the current situation, existing bottlenecks and the strategies to achieve gender balance. Dr. Vilella noted that in the health scientific field there is room for improvement in terms of leadership positions. However, she also shared her personal experience in achieving her professional goals as a woman despite facing some obstacles, mostly associated with