3x20 min + 60 min disscusion

Why it's so important for girls to find role models in female scientists? Aim of this round table disscusion is to highlight the value of supporting women in their career choices by creating a platform for dialog between experienced professionals and motivated young women scientists.


Paloma Fernandez Sanchez
Paloma Fernandez Sanchez
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Facultad de Ciencias Físicas

Depto. Física de Materiales

Madrid, Spain
Katalin Balázsi
Katalin Balázsi
Centre for Energy Research
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Secretary of Hungarian Society for Material Science
and Association of Hungarian Women in Science


Anna Zervaki
Anna Zervaki
Laboratory of Materials
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Thessaly, Greece

Anna Zervaki graduated as a Mining and Metallurgical Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens in 1989. After graduation she joined the Laser Applications Group at IESL/FORTH, and in 1991 she moved to MIRTEC SA, in Volos Greece. She partially returned to the University in 1996, and in 2004 received her Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Thessaly. In 2002, she joined the Materials Laboratory, where currently she is working as a Laboratory Teaching Staff.
Her research interests are in the field of Structure-Processing-Properties-Performance interactions in metallic materials/Computational alloy thermodynamics and kinetics/Laser welding/FSW/Shape memory alloys/Failure analysis of Mechanical Components and Structures. She is co-author of about 85 papers published in International journals and Conference Proceedings, and more than 300 failure analysis reports to the Industry. Since 2010 she is President of the Hellenic Metallurgical Society, and is actively involved in the organisation of EUROMAT 2017, as the chair of the Managing Committee.

Fanni Szigeti
Fanni Szigeti
Association of Hungarian Women in Science

The mission of the Association of Hungarian Women in Science is to support efforts and initiatives that help to achieve the equal treatment of men and women in the field of science and education.

National Action Plan
Research on equal opportunities
Supporting women’s career in science
Increasing the role of women in scientific research
Influencing public opinion and attitudes

Fanni Szigeti has been working for the Association of Hungarian Women in Science since it’s establishment, 2008. She made her bachelor degree in business and management at Budapest University of Technology and Economics and defended her thesis on “Women in Science – focus on motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields” in 2012. She is responsible for all administrative and financial tasks related to the organization. She is running the Association’s everyday activities, and is managing the programs Girls’ Day, Girls in ICT Day, Shadowing Days, SCIndikator,Teachers’ Days etc.
Fanni coordinated the international V4 Girls’ Day project supported by the Visegrad Fund and lead the STEM Girls Go Hard project funded by the ALCOA Foundation. Her responsibilities include PR activities, as well. She is representing the Association in the European Center of Women and Technology (ECWT) and is the head of its National Point of Contact.