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INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova


Job Title: Researcher


She is an Astronomer: How many years since you got your maximum degree?

Bianca Poggianti: 15 years.


SIAA: Do you feel it was more difficult for you to get a job or a promotion in comparison with male astronomers?

BP: Yes.


SIAA: Are women under-represented in your institution?

BP: Yes!


SIAA: What is your family status?

BP: Married, 1 child who is 3 1/2 years old


SIAA: Have you had any career breaks?

BP:I had a 5 months break after the birth of my son. Coming back to work wasnot difficult, thanks to my husband and my parents helping out.


SIAA: How many hours per day do you normally dedicate to work?

BP: 8-9 hours.


SIAA: What would most help you advance your career?

BP: If the Italian "system" were the same as in civilized countries. Thiswould require a complete change of the way astronomy in Italy - and thewhole country - runs. Since this is unrealistic, I guess the honest answeris that what would most help me advance my career would be to move abroad.


SIAA: What recommendation would you make to young women starting their career in astronomy?

BP: Always recognize your capabilities, have confidence in yourself, and enjoy!


SIAA: What achievements in your career to date are you most proud of?

BP:The Bessel price of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the esteemshowed by my colleagues throughout the world; and the esteem, enthusiasmand generosity showed by my young collaborators.