Portuguese science in the feminine has several faces in the book ‘Women in science’, which is presented on Friday in Lisbon and brings together photographs of 109 researchers and the testimonies in the first person of what they do.
The book is edited by Ciência Viva – National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture and follows a first publication, launched in 2016, with 137 photographs.
In line with the first book, the 2019 edition aims to honour Portuguese women who dedicate themselves to science.
“Thank you for the work you have been doing, many of them in difficult conditions,” told Viva Viva president Rosalia Vargas, highlighting her “tremendous dedication.”
The new edition of “Women in Science” includes 109 black and white portraits of photographers Augusto Brázio, Gonçalo F. Santos, Rita Carmo and Rodrigo Cabrita. Below, in a few lines, the scientists photographed describe what they do.
According to Rosalia Vargas, the book allows “to look at knowledge in many dimensions“, since the researchers work in several scientific areas such as astronomy, anthropology, economics, genetics, biology, chemical engineering, sociology, history, neurosurgery, ethics and palaeontology.
For the president of Ciência Viva, the testimonies of scientists of various ages and institutions can “inspire the new generations“.
The contents of the book are reproduced in a digital version in an exhibition module of the Pavilion of Knowledge, in Lisbon, where the presentation of “Women in Science” will be held on the date of the commemoration of International Women’s Day.