Instituto de Óptica “Daza de Valdés”

Equality Group

Equality Group – IO

In the Equality Group (GI-IO) of the Daza de Valdés Optical Institute (IO-CSIC, Madrid) we are committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, tolerant and welcoming community for each and every one of its members. Made up of research, technical and administrative personnel with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives acquired in different locations around the world, the GI-IO shares the common desire to work for more inclusive and welcoming spaces, serve as support in situations of discrimination and promote equality. of opportunities in our Center.

Within the GI-IO, we understand that academic and scientific research success not only depends on our ability to give the best of ourselves as individuals, but also to give it as a team and as a community. Therefore, it is essential to teach and learn from the other, respecting our differences related to identity (racial or ethnic), gender, beliefs, affective-sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and/or diverse abilities, among others. We are convinced that we can achieve greater individual and collective success if all members of the CSIC community feel welcome and empowered in a comfortable, inclusive and tolerant space.

Likewise, we are aware that there are currently structural inequalities that can hinder access to a scientific career or affect the chances of success in said profession. For example, at the CSIC itself, women only represent 24.6% of Tenured Scientists and 15.7% of Research Professors in the field of physical sciences and technology. International studies also show that only 14% of bisexual people who are dedicated to Physical Sciences are out of the closet at work for fear of rejection and discrimination, and that one in three trans people in the same field has suffered harassment, discrimination and/or exclusion in their job (in addition to added difficulties in accessing the initial stages of this professional career).

From the GI-IO we want to contribute so that these discriminations and inequalities have no place in our workplace. Our mission is the generation of a space that embraces, celebrates and upholds ideals of wellness, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment. To this end, we are committed to developing a series of activities and projects related to issues of representation, collaboration, education, accessibility, inclusion, and recognition. Our promise is to take an active role in keeping our CSIC community open and inclusive for everyone. Therefore, our actions and interactions with each and every member of the community will always be guided by empathy, understanding and compassion.

Our vision:

The members of the GI-IO community come from diverse social contexts, cultural experiences, and have become part of the CSIC community through different paths. Therefore, our strength comes from such diversity combined with the different talents, abilities and perspectives of each of our members.

At GI-IO, we believe that greater individual and collective academic success can be achieved if all members of the CSIC community feel welcome, included and comfortable. As a community, we defend the idea that no one should feel superior, inferior, isolated, unappreciated, or uncomfortable and we reject any behavior that evokes hatred, dishonesty, machismo, lgbtphobia, racism, etc.

Our mission:

Our mission is the generation of a space that embraces, celebrates and upholds ideals of wellness, diversity, inclusion and empowerment. To do this, we concentrate our efforts so that members of the community share their experiences, ask questions, make mistakes and freely express their personality without fear. In this way, we stimulate a sense of belonging for everyone, cultivate the ability to communicate and collaborate with people who are different from ourselves, and foster the ability to share constructive opinions and suggestions. Finally, we are committed to providing authentic advice and guidance to each of the CSIC members in any of their concerns, problems, or situations related to their work environment (moving).

Our call to action:

Through this section and the networks of our Institute we will disseminate resources and activities related to equality and diversity. We are also available through the contacts indicated in our profiles for any need or proposal related to these issues, whether to receive support and advice in unpleasant or discriminatory situations, to participate in the GI-IO, or for any other activity in the that we can contribute ideas or give support.

Fernando Zvietcovich researches biophotonics and biomedical optics at the Daza de Valdés Institute of Optics, and is co-organizer of the STEM immersion event for all that takes place annually in Peru with the aim of increasing the participation of young women in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

 

Fernando Zvietcovich Zegarra, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher
Visual Optics & Photonics Laboratory
Daza de Valdés Institute of Optics, IO-CSIC

121 Serrano Street, Office # 305
Madrid 28006, Spain
Phone: +34 600 036 063
Email: fzvietcovich@gmail.com

Marta Español works in Administration at the Daza de Valdés Institute of Optics.

 

Marta Español.
Administrative and Human Resources
Daza de Valdés Institute of Optics, IO-CSIC

121 Serrano Street, Office #109
Madrid 28006, Spain
Telephone: 91 561 68 00 Ext. 442338
Email: marta.e@csic.es

Aitor Villafranca researches integrated optics, and works for equality and visibility of the LGTBQIA+ collective in Science through the PRISMA association.

 

Aitor Villafranca, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Nonlinear Dynamics and Optical Fibers Group
Daza de Valdés Institute of Optics, IO-CSIC

144 Serrano Street, Office #240
Madrid 28006, Spain
Telephone: +34 915 61 88 06
Email: a.villafranca@csic.es

Alejandra researches corneal biomechanics at the Daza de Valdés Institute of Optics. She works for equality and belongs to the LGTBIQ + collective.

 

Alejandra Varea.
Associate Researcher
Visual Optics & Photonics Laboratory
Daza de Valdés Institute of Optics, IO-CSIC

121 Serrano Street, Office #123
Madrid 28006, Spain
Email: alejandra.varea@io.cfmac.csic.es

He is project leader and founding member of the Laser Processing Group of the Institute of Optics (LPG-IO). His research encompasses optics, nanotechnology, and materials science. During the last decade he has focused on the use of laser techniques as a means of nanostructuring to obtain metamaterials for applications in integrated photonics.

 

Rosalia Serna, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Laser Processing Group
Daza de Valdés Institute of Optics, IO-CSIC

121 Serrano Street, Office #316
Madrid 28006, Spain
Email: rosalia.serna@csic.es

Resources

Association of women researchers and technologists

Association of women researchers and technologists

Women, Optics and Photonics Area of the Spanish Society of Optics

Women, Optics and Photonics Area of the Spanish Society of Optics

IOSA student chapter in the Institute of Optics

IOSA student chapter in the Institute of Optics

Association for Affective-Sexual and Gender Diversity in Science, Technology and Innovation

Association for Affective-Sexual and Gender Diversity in Science, Technology and Innovation