On February 11, 2022, on the occasion of the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”, the Albanian Academy of Sciences, the Youth Academy and University College LOGOS, with the support of Greek Embassy in Albania organized the event titled “Women and Girls, the best ambassadors for science”. Polytechnic University of Tirana, University of Tirana, and Network of Albanian Women in Science collaborated in the organisation of the event. The event aimed to acquaint the public with prominent figures of science in Albania, to provide role models for the younger generations, as well as to encourage women and girls to be involved in science. The event took place in “Silvano Pedrollo” hall, at Polytechnic University of Tirana, from 10.00-13.00. For those interested, the activity could be followed on-line, on the ZOOM platform.
Among those who attended the event were the representatives of accredited embassies in Albania (Greece, France, USA, Palestine, Sweden and Poland); representatives of the European Council, UNDP, EBRD, etc, academics and lecturers of various universities in Albania. The event was greeted by her Excellency Sophia Phillipidou, Ambassador of Greece in Tirana, as well as Mrs. Fiona McCluney, UN Resident Coordinator in Albania. Mrs. Evis Kushi, Minister of Education and Sports greeted the participants with her message, emphasizing once again the importance of involving women and girls in science.
Teuta Toska, Ilda Kazani and Anita Berberi (Albanian Academy of Sciences) held speeches related to “History of the Albanian woman in science”, focusing on the contributions of some of the most prominent Albanian academics and scientific researchers in various fields, such as medicine, biology, mathematics and literature. Dr. Valbona Nathanaili (University College Logos) presented a summary of some of the most outstanding achievements in the career of Prof. Dr. Luljeta Bozo, in the setting of social and political processes of the country, titled “Building from the ground up”; Mr. Dhimitër Vogli, hydrotechnical engineer in “Desa” and Mr. Arjan Jovani presented the life and work of engineer Natasha Alikaj, titled “Light design”; Prof. Assoc. Dr. Valbona Sota (Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana) presented the life and work of Prof. Efigjeni Kongjika, the first Albanian academic in natural sciences, titled “A life among plants with a vision for the future”; Prof. Assoc. Dr. Eglantina Kalluçi (Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana) presented the life and work of prof. Pranvera Baholli, titled “In love with the language of the universe”; Prof. Dr. Anila Paparisto (Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana) presented the life and work of Prof. Antoneta Deda, entitled “Balance in science and family”.