Verónica Díez Díaz

In one sentence: What motivates you?

Finding out more about the biology of extinct animals so I can share this new knowledge to people on my field, but also to the general public.

In two sentences: In your opinion, why do diversity and digitalization belong together?

In my experience, the term “digitalization” is an impressive example of diversity as, only by itself, it can have a lot of meanings; e.g. turning a physical object into a digital one, analysing the importance of feminism through blogs, creating apps that can improve our daily life, or even using digital technologies or approaches to arts.

In three sentences: Do you have a role model? If yes, who and why?

I do not have a specific role model, but all the women in STEM that are working (and have fought in the past) for us and science. Luckily we are starting to have a voice and our research and positions are more valued nowadays. I truly think this step is of high importance for equality and science improvement.

Your tip for newcomers and young talent:

Maybe it is a bit overused, but if you truly want something, fight for it.

Your favorite social media channel:

For scientific outreach purposes, Twitter.

Your favorite App:

Trello, thanks to it I keep track on everything I have done, and what I need to do and when.

A book that changed your life:

The Lost World from Michael Crichton (1995). I read it when I was 12 years old, and thanks to it I realized I wanted to be a paleontologist.

What is your goal for 2019?

My main goal is to finish numerous projects I am working on but also to improve my knowledge in new digitalization and computer technologies.