The Science Museum holds an exhibition entitled ¿The Line of Isis¿
Apr 25, 2006
On the opening of this new exhibition, organised by L’Oreal España, a talk was also held, moderated by the exhibition curator, Victoria Toro, with the participation of the CSIS lecturer in research, Margarita Salas, the CSIS lecturer in research and chairperson of the Association of Women Researchers and Technologists, Flora de Pablo and the director of the Women in Science Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science, Capitolina Díaz. Together they analysed the role of women in the history of science. The opening was also attended by the General Manager of L\'Oreal España, Consuelo del Cañizo and the General Manager of the City of Arts and Sciences, Jorge Vela.
The regional secretary for Events and Projects, Luis Lobón, who brought the panel discussion to a close, emphasised the support given by the Regional Government of Valencia to initiatives such as this that recognise “the major role played by women, in this case, female researchers who have been working in science throughout history, and those who continue working as scientists”.
Luis Lobón pointed out that “thanks to this exhibition, visitors to the Science Museum will get the chance to learn about the important work done by the most important female scientists in history and their contributions to the progress and welfare of humankind”
Women in science
"The Line of Isis", sponsored by L’Oreal España, is an exhibition that aims to raise awareness among the public in general and particularly among young people, that women have always “done science”. The itinerary is based on 18 modules that describe the contributions of female scientists in different fields, centred round three themes: “Women with science”, “Women without science” and “Science without women”.
Visitors can explore different topics through panels with titles like “Martians in the laboratory”, “Revolutionaries” and “Spanish Female Bio-scientists”. They are also invited to think about questions such as “Do you dare guess the nickname?” or “How many stars can you see?” The itinerary ends with a video on Marie Curie, hitherto unseen in Spain and three displays of inventions made by women: the electric windscreen wiper, fungicidal antibiotics, disposable nappies and crude oil refinery for obtaining petrol ,
The exhibition covers the work of researchers as prestigious as Marie Curie and of other less famous ones such as Sophie Germain, Marie Somerville, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Maria Gaetana Agnesi and Ada Augusta Lovelace, among many others. It also looks at the work done in Spain by important female scientists such as Margarita Salas and Carmen Ascaso.