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Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Women deserve to be praised for their accomplishments; therefore, recognizing the role of women and girls in science, not only as beneficiaries, but also as agents of change is very important.

Assistant Professor Dr. Altijana Hromić- Jahjefendić, Program Coordinator of the Genetics and Bioengineering program at the International University of Sarajevo spoke for Anadolu Agency (AA) about the challenges that female scientists are facing, their position when it comes to science, but also about her current projects. Mrs. Hromić- Jahjefendić believes that in science everyone needs to think outside the box, to let their imagination run wild in order to design a successful project which will leave a mark on future generations.

Another successful female academician from IUS also spoke about the importance of marking the Day of Women and Girls in Science. Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Engineering program, Dr. Kanita Karađuzović – Hadžiabdić stated for AA that the European Commission is committed to promoting gender equality in research and innovation. She is also glad to see that this criterion is slowly but surely coming to BiH as well. She would advise young women and girls interested in science that with good will, education, and commitment, the sky is the limit.

Talking about the current projects that she is involved in, Prof. Karađuzović – Hadžiabdić underlined the COVIRNA project awarded within the framework of the Horizon 2020. The project aims to foster the development of a novel diagnostic test to predict COVID-19 outcomes for patients and improve the cooperation between European research institutions to strengthen the response to the pandemic. More specifically, the project aims to deploy a prognostic system based on cardiovascular biomarker of COVID-19 clinical outcomes, combined with a predictive model built on digital tools and artificial intelligence analytics. The project boasts a complementary consortium of 15 partners from healthcare, academia and industry from 12 European countries. 

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IUS is a favorable environment for female academicians and scientists. As an educational institution, IUS greatly supports the work and effort of women and girls in science and believes that only if we all work together we can make our world a better place for future generations. Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!