Eurocaroten at 3rd commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
On the occasion of the 3rd commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11th February) members of EUROCAROTEN organized activities for Primary schools to motivate children into scientific careers, especially girls, and to show them that women and men are equally prepared and have the same skills and capacities to work in science. Maria J. Rodrigo (Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology, IATA-CSIC, Valencia, Spain ) (WG1-Eurocaroten) prepared two afternoon sessions for 80 children between 7 and 9 years old where they performed an easy experiment to separate carotenoids pigments from citrus fruits. The experiment was accompanied by a short talk to explain what are carotenoids and the potential health benefits of these colourful compounds. To end the afternoon session a recommendation of regular intake of fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids was made, especially citrus!!!