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Opening Session MED21

  • Mariagrazia Dotoli (Chair), – Politecnico Di Bari
  • Laura Giarre (Co-Chair) – Universita’ Di Modena E Reggio Emilia
  • Eugenio Di Sciascio – Deputy mayor of Bari

Workshop TuB02 – A User’s Guide to Girls in Control – Tutorial for Colleagues, Instructors and Teachers on How to Prepare, Organize and Run a GIC

This tutorial aims at teaching colleagues, teachers and instructors in the area of STEM, and in particular (control) engineering how to prepare, organize and run a Girls in Control (GIC) workshop. GIC is a workshop format specifically designed to reach out to girls in the age between 10 and 15 years old to teach them, the basics of control engineering a fun and engaging way. It has been offered in several languages in connection with the IFAC world congress in July 2020 and with the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) in December 2020 with great success. In this workshop at MED2021 we share our experience, show the used material, explain all steps of the workshop and discuss in detail what needs to be done in order to prepare, organize and host a GIC workshop successfully.

Round-Table Session ThTT1 – Women and STEM: Opt Out or Lean In?

Evidence worldwide speaks of limited presence of women in STEM sectors. This starts from the early stages of higher education,and gets even worse in both academia and in the job market, with only few examples of women with C-level positions in STEM-related companies. The overall phenomenon that sees the proportion of women progressively shrinking while escalating the professional ladder is known as “leaky pipeline”, and presents itself both in academia and the industry career path. Is this a conscious choice or an unconscious, education-based opt out obligation? For sure, early infancy imprinting plays an important role in the self-perception of girls, and the so-called “role-congruity” models shaping our society still tend to place women outside the scientific and technological arena.The panel will review the current state of different aspects of involvement of women in STEM studies, careers and competencies, analysing the impact they may have on their lives, families and society at large. The panel will also analyse how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the working environment of both academic and non-academic women, discussing how work/life balance issues affect productivity, and how pandemic and post-pandemic caring duties can have long-term effect on the career development, putting forward proposals for taking these aspects into practical consideration in the career evaluation processes of the post-COVID era.

Plenary ThPL1: Towards Deep Decarbonization and Autonomous Power Grids

Plenary FrPL1: Distributed Optimal Control in Complex Multi-Robot and Energy Networks

Closing Session MED21

  • Mariagrazia Dotoli (Chair), – Politecnico Di Bari
  • Laura Giarre (Co-Chair) – Universita’ Di Modena E Reggio Emilia