Women in science

Despite the progress towards achieving gender balance over the last few decades, women are still under-represented in scientific research. In Europe only 14%¹ of senior academic roles are held by women, and worldwide only 33.3%² of scientific research; less than 4% of the Nobel prizes in science have ever been awarded to women. [1. She Figures, 2018; 2. Unesco Science Report, 2021].


Cnr Nano wants to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology, and to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women.


On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2023, our institute celebrates the talent and contribution of its excellent female researchers. We invited our of female fellows and researchers to take a snapshot at their desks/labs and to write a short caption to tell their interests and what they love about their job. All the pictures and stories are collected here to visualise the rich skills, enthusiasm and commitment of female scientists dedicated to nanoscience research.

The initiative, entitled Give a selfie for women at CNR, was inaugurated on 11 February 2022 by the Cnr-Scitec institute.  It has now been taken over by Cnr Nano and many other Cnr institutes for throughout 2023, continuing to enhance the female community that works at CNR driven by enthusiasm, passion and curiosity.

Lucia Sorba

#Meet Lucia Sorba! She is acting director of Istituto Nanoscienze - @Cnr_Nano. She uses epitaxial growth techniques to realise low dimensional semiconductor nanostructures, which are key materials for quantum technology.

Valentina Zannier

Meet Valentina Zannier! @valezannier86 is a researcher @Cnr_Nano Pisa. She studies the growth of semiconductor nanowires and nanostructures by Chemical Beam Epitaxy, for applications in photonics, electronics and solid-state quantum devices.

Rosa Di Felice

#Meet Rosa DiFelice! Rosa is a research director @Cnr_Nano and professor @USC. She uses classical and quantum computers to determine the properties of inorganic, organic and biological matter by numerically solving the laws of physics.

Giorgia Brancolini

#Meet Giorgia Brancolini! @gbrancol is a Senior Researcher at @Cnr_Nano. Protein and tea lover, she combines computational modelling and deep learning algorithms to design engineered nanoparticles and surfaces for biosensors (e.g. for Covid-19) and biomedical applications. #AI4Health #biosensors


Meet Chiara De Cesari! @Chiara_DeCe is a biotechnologist at Cnr Nano, Pisa. She is working on the identification of molecular biomarkers for AngelmanSyndrome using small extracellular vesicles called exosomes.


Meet Antonella Battisti! Antonella is a chemist and researcher at Cnr Nano, Pisa. She’s fascinated by nature and tries to exploit natural mechanisms to produce innovative biomaterials for biomedical applications and to develop novel sensing platforms.


Meet Claudia Cardoso! @Claudia81668079 is a theoretical physicist working as a researcher at Cnr_Nano in Modena. She uses high performance computer simulations to predict the electronic and optical properties of innovative materials, such as bidimensional ones.

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