The Girls Day is an annual event initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education, Research and Science (BMBWF) and aims to inform girls about educational and professional perspectives in science and technology.


To this end, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) had invited girls to visit their research campus and to meet women scientists in their laboratories. Michelle Gallei showed how she studies plants in a lab environment and Nicole Amberg explained how researchers try to understand how brains of correct size and cell composition are being build.

Nicole Amberg with a group of Girls Day visitors in the neurobiology lab at ISTA (photo credits: BMBWF / Martin Lusser)

STEM fatale founder Nicole Amberg was deeply impressed by everybody’s enthusiasm and all the amazing questions she got – from the very youngest to the already grown-up teenagers. She hopes that sharing her passion for the questions and observations in her everyday work has broken down the barriers to science and made the girls consider a future career in research.