Fundación Iberdrola España renews its support for the STEM Women Chair and professional training linked to sustainable mobility
- The Cátedra Mujer STEM researches and proposes solutions to the low female presence in studies related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- Professions in these fields are expected to increase by 14% in the coming years. Only 3 out of every 100 STEM VET students are girls
Fundación Iberdrola España renews its support for the STEM Women Chair, which in collaboration with the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE seeks to support and promote the presence of women in STEM vocations related to sustainable mobility.
Under the English acronym STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), this public-private initiative in which Fundación Iberdrola España participates was born from a finding: the presence of women in the four areas mentioned above is still low in the world of Vocational Training.
Among its main objectives, this initiative investigates the causes of this low participation and analyzes the adequacy of the contents to the needs of the market to promote the incorporation of women in STEM professions. Among the data for the future, it is worth highlighting the expected growth of 14% in the coming years for this type of profession.
According to data provided by the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, only 3 out of every 100 vocational training students are girls who choose STEM disciplines. The female presence in those young people who opt for STEM-related university careers is equally low: only 8 out of every 100. According to some conclusions drawn in this chair, the causes that explain this situation are misinformation within families, gender bias, the sensitivity of teachers and counselors, as well as stereotypes.
To formalize this collaboration, in force since 2020, the president of Fundación Iberdrola España, Fernando García Sánchez; the director of Fundación Iberdrola España, Ramón Castresana and the head of Training and Research of Fundación Iberdrola España, Teresa Rodríguez de Tembleque were present at the headquarters of the municipal company, together with the vice-rector for Research and Teaching Staff of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE, Mariano Ventosa.
Fundación Iberdrola España and training
Since its creation, Iberdrola has been committed to the energy, cultural, educational, and social development of the communities in which it operates. In this regard, Fundación Iberdrola España represents a further step in this commitment by promoting initiatives that contribute to improving people’s quality of life.
Furthermore, within the framework of Iberdrola’s commitment to excellence in training, Fundación Iberdrola España collaborates with scholarship programs of various institutions such as the Fulbright Commission, which each year calls for Iberdrola-Fulbright scholarships; the Fundación Carolina, which has a program for Mexican and Brazilian students; and the restoration workshops of the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, which allow future specialists to complete their training in the conservation and restoration programs of these institutions.