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Italy must get more women into science says Draghi

Up percentage of girls taking STEM from 20% to 35% says at lab

(ANSA) - ROME, FEB 16 - Italy must get more women into science, Premier Mario Draghi said on a visit to the Gran Sasso nuclear physics lab Wednesday.
    Too few girls, only one in five, choose STEM subjects, he said.
    Draghi said the government would put one billion euros into boosting science teaching and bring that percentage up to 35%.
    "Realizing the full potential of research means banking on those who are often on the sidelines of this world: women," said the premier.
    "For too long the top positions in scientific research have been reserved for men.
    "We must overcome gender stereotypes".
    Some 30 billion euros of the 200 billion euro EU-funded post-COVID National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) would be put into education and research, Draghi said, and the sector would be put "at the centre of growth".
    He said "we must foster international collaborations, of which these laboratories are a virtuous example, and promote the culture of merit".
    Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS) is the largest underground research center in the world.
    Situated below Gran Sasso mountain in central Italy, it is well known for particle physics research by the National Nuclear Physics Institute (INFN). (ANSA).


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