Women & Technologies ® 2008-2015 offers a vision of the relationship between women and technology as a tool to identify and promote female talent in the areas of research, technological development and innovation.
Women & Technologies ® is initiated and sponsored by ' Associazione Donne e Tecnologie’ Women and Technology Association , a regional women's organizations in Lombardy, which aggregates, also around it a dense network of partners, institutional and private investors.
Women & Technologies ® promotes this vision through
· an annual conference organized in the magnificent Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology in Milano
· an International Award
· the FutureCamp - an interactive encounter for young people interested in finding out which road to take to enter the world of research and innovation
· a media plan and commercials for the campaign of widespread communication throughout Milano: on the circuit Telesia the Milan subway and the airport of Milan Linate and Malpensa.
In 2011 Women & Technologies ® focused on e-Health, Bio and Nanotech with particular emphasis on technologies applied to both the early diagnosis of diseases and the treatment of rare illnesses . An important section of the conference has been devoted to the role of women in the professions of health research and technology with three round tables on ‘New frontiers for diagnosis and treatment: biomarkers, imaging and robotics’. ‘Rare diseases and neglected’ and ‘Of the value of women’.
In Italy the number of women in high-tech businesses grew with 1.9% in Lombardy and over 31,500 women-owned businesses operate in high-tech sectors. The most rapid growth in Italy is experienced in Sicily, with an annual increase of +5%, in Basilicata +4.4% and and Puglia +3.7%.
Overall, more than three out of five activities, 60.3% are engaged in the computer industry, one in ten, 9.1%, is devoted to postal services, courier activities and telecommunications to manufacturing and 19.6% and repair of machinery and equipment.
Among the provinces before Milan with 3,146 companies, 10% of Italian women-owned businesses and high-tech growth between 2010 and 2011 (+1.5%). Followed by Roma with 2289 companies (7.3% in the Italian total), Torino 1608 (5.1%), Naples with 1,459 companies (4.6%) and Brescia share to 837 (2.7%). Tail is Isernia, with 38 activities.
More information about Women in Technology developments in Italy according to the latest statistics of the Italian Chamber of Commerce (in Italian)
The International Prize "Women & Technology ® 2011 is awarded annually to ‘visionary women who, through their work in research, in government or in their enterprise, were able to invent the future, combining innovation and technology, while maintaining an overview of the individual, and a necessary one.’
1 st Prize "Bio Womentech 2011" was awarded to Franca Melfi, Director, Multidisciplinary Center Robotic Surgery, University Hospital of Pisa for the innovative surgical technique she developed in 2002 using the Da Vinci robot to perform minimally invasive approach for the removal of lung tumors and mediastinal masses. Franca Melfi has written and published among others, the first scientific work on robotic lung lobectomy in 2002 which was followed after 4 years in 2006 other scientific publications in this field. In 2009 France founded the company's robotic cardiothoracic surgery and is currently director of the European Centre multidisciplinary Robotic Surgery Cardio-Thoracic Department of University Hospital of Pisa. Franca coordinates periodic courses of robotic surgery in Europe and internationally and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery "ISMICS." The prize as handed over by Maximum Scaccabarozzi, CEO and President of Janssen-Cilag Farmindustria
1 st Prize "Nano Womentech" winner 2011 was Michela Matteoli, Director of the laboratory "Cellular Biology of the Synapse", Department of Pharmacology, University of Milan and President of Neuro-Zone srl for her success with innovative methodologies in cutting edge technology. Already in the early 90's Michela developed an assay for further study of communication between neurons in culture, which still represents one of the methods used in research labs around the world to analyze the dynamics of synaptic vesicles in neurons in culture. Since the early 2000's, with her findings published in important international journals, Michela helps to clarify the mechanism of communication between different cells of the nervous system in physiological and pathological conditions. Since 2008 Michela has a fruitful collaboration with IBM to develop a new microfluidic platform for understanding the cellular mechanisms involved in the processes of neuroinflammation, the first step in 'onset of neurodegenerative diseases. The prize was delivered by Alessandro Spada, Member of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan and President Innovhub.
A Special Award: "Space" to health went to Samantha Cristoforetti, Astronaut, ESA the first Italian astronaut and the third for Europe. Samantha's passion is flying Cristoforetti, she graduated at the Technical University of Monaco in Germany and aeronautical sciences academy of Pozzuoli, is the Italian Air Force Pilot Officer and among the first women to become a military pilot, just ten years entrance of women in the Armed Forces. The award was handed over by Giovanni Caprara, journalist, writer, communicator, manager of scientific BBC.
A Special Award: Women of emergency, emergency Women was given to Cecilia Street, Chairman of Emergency for the passion and professionalism with which she performs the functions of Chairman of Emergency and coordinates projects both abroad (the Sudan, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Republic Central Africa, Cambodia, Iraq) and in Italy, in favor of quality medical care and free for all. The award was handed over by Monica Heal , Managing Director for the promotion of Equal Opportunity, Region of Lombardy
A Special prize scientific Disclosure: If I say ... Health went to Nicoletta Carbone, journalist, presenter of "Being and Health" on Radio24 for making medicine a science for everyone, with skill and professionalism using the radio channel and the web. The prize was delivered by Adriana Albini, Head of Research Oncology, Joint Science and Technology - IRCCS MultiMedica
The Honorable Mentions and Technology Association of Women Award for young researchers in the field of bio and nano technologies was in 2011 delivered to
- Carlotta Guiducci, Associate Professor, ETH Lausanne for her technologies that can profoundly change the future. Starting from the integrated electronics, Guiducci has developed an interface with the living world. In particular, Guiducci and his colleagues have invented sensors that determine the presence of biological material, such as DNA and / or protein, and that electrically communicate this information to an electronic system and informative. Guiducci's work is visionary because it gives us' a bridge between the biological and the computational world, with important consequences for management of health and the environment, pollution control and safety of the individual and the community. This work 'also means the ability to develop, in Italy and Europe, new direction for the integrated electronic systems and biomedical devices, creating high added value. The award was handed over by Mariagiovanna Sami, Professor of Computer Architecture, Polytechnic of Milan and member of the National Academy of Sciences, called the XL, Past President of the Strategic Committee of Women & Technologies ®
- Stefania Rapino , Electrochemistry, University of Bologna, Doctor of Philosophy 2006. Stefania collaborates with the group of electrochemical (UNIBO) and the European Institute of Oncology (IEO, Milan) developing new tools (eg microprobe) for the investigation of oxygen and ROS (species closely related to those involved in this project) in complex systems such as cells in vivo and technology development for the diagnosis early tumor. Stefania Rapino is co-author of 14 scientific papers in journals with high impact factor. The award was handed over by Francesca Zajczyk , delegated by the Mayor of Milan for the development of initiatives for gender equality