After two days in Arezzo, the FEMINA Interreg Europe Project is coming to an end. And what a final we got. The program committee har put together a very interesting program. As the event had many interesting topics to be presented and discussed, it would go too far to sum it all up, but here you will get the agenda and some of the highligths:

DAY 1: February 1st 2023
MODERATOR: Isabelle-Louise Aabel, GCE NODE
15:30 – 15:40 Welcome and introduction - Arezzo-Siena Chamber of Commerce, Arezzo Innovation (FEMINA Lead Partner)
15:45 – 16:00 Early life education and role models to promote gender equal societies: the FEMINA good practices - Isabelle-Louise                         Aabel, GCE NODE
16:00 – 16:45 Training and mentoring for young aspiring female entrepreneurs: the FEMINA pilot action in Arezzo and Inventor Lab                         (IT) - Arezzo Innovation, Chamber of Commerce (with Q&A)
16:45 – 17:30 Piloting gender neutral kindergartens in Cantabria (SP) - María del Mar Ortiz Marqués, DG Women of Cantabria Regional                         Government / Ana Castro Zubizarreta and Olga Meng González Del Río, University of Cantabria (with Q&A)
17:30 – 18:00 The key role of networks: focus on the experience of NEW - NODE EYE WOMEN (NO), Isabelle-Louise Aabel, GCE NODE
18:00 – 18:30 Panel discussion with all FEMINA partners

DAY 2: February 2nd 2023
09:00 – 16.00 FEMINA High Level Political Dissemination Conference “Boosting equality and diversity in                         contemporary Europe: the FEMINA perspective”
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and opening - Arezzo Innovation / Arezzo-Siena Chamber of Commerce / Local Institutions
09:30 – 09:45 Enhancing female participation in the high-tech sector: the Interreg Europe Project FEMINA - Marco Randellini                         Arezzo-Siena Chamber of Commerce (IT) , Francesca Tavanti Arezzo Innovation (IT)
09:45 – 10:00 Interreg Europe state of play and future opportunities - Ilaria Ramaglioni, Joint Secretariat Interreg Europe
10:00 – 11:00 KEYNOTE SPEECHES
The importance of female participation to ensure sustainable industrial economy to move forward to modern EU - Francesca Bettio, University of Siena (IT)

The Commitment of the Italian Chamber of Commerce system to promote female entrepreneurship in the most innovative sectors - Tiziana Pompei, Deputy Secretary General of Unioncamere (IT)
MODERATOR: Isabelle-Louise Aabel, GCE NODE/Irene Pettinelli, RESOLVO SRL
Supporting female entrepreneurship through training and mentoring
14:30 – 15:45 Final panel discussion: FEMINA territorial impact and legacy in partner regions
                       1 representative per Action Plan
15:45 – 16:00 Wrap-up, conclusions and ffinal remarks

Day one contained interesting topics regarding how to get more women into STEM-jobs. It starts in the kindergartens. During the project, research has shown that we do not treat girls and boys the same, even though we have all the knowledge necessary to realise that this is important. The the seminar continued with showing the need for good practices and the importance of network to support female entering into the STEM world and furthermore the research done in Arezzo to train and mentor female entrepreneurs.  

Day two started out with several opening speeches from high ranked officials from the Arezzo Territory, followed by interesting presentation regarding how significant it is to have female participation in the STEM sector and as entrepreneurs to ensure sustainable economic growth. 

The interactive round-table discussion focused on the importance to support female entrepreneurship through mentoring and training. Here the experience from the various regions participating in the FEMINA project was highlighted. 

The final event ended with all the FEMINA partners talking about the impact the FEMINA project has done in their respective regions, before we got to the conclusions and final remarks.

After two exiting days, it is hard to realise that this exceptional project is coming to an end. Many participants expressed the wish for a follow up project, but this is yet to see if will happen.