On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Carlotta Strampelli, countess Parisani (1868-1926), wife and inspiring collaborator of Nazareno Strampelli, the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) are pleased to announce the organization of the Wheats & Women International Conference to be held in Rome on June 14th and 15th 2018.
The Wheats & Women International Conference will be the ideal framework for the delivery of the first edition of the Carlotta Award, to honor achievements of women scientists in the field of wheat genetics and breeding.
The Conference will offer the opportunity to:
- present and share the latest research experiences, new approaches and technologies in wheats research,
- highlight “what” the sustainable wheat production problems are and “how” they can be solved,
- celebrate the achievements of women working on wheat and related species.
Wheat varieties are going to face increasing challenges, including climate changes, production must be economically and ecologically sustainable, harvest must be safe and possess nutritional and technological qualities. Women are deeply engaged in this endeavor.
CARLOTTA AWARD 2018
The Carlotta Award is established on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Carlotta Parisani Strampelli’s birth (1868-2018) in recognition of the significant contribution of women scientists to the advancement of knowledge in the field of wheat genetics and breeding research.
The first 2018 Edition of the Award will be hosted in Italy where Carlotta Strampelli operated in the hope that in the following years the Carlotta Award will be based in a different Country with the support of the International Scientific Community and become a recognized International Award that honors successful women in wheats research. The Carlotta Award 2018 will be delivered in the frame of the “Wheats & Women” International Conference.
Carlotta Parisani Strampelli (1868-1926), daughter of Count Giuseppe Parisani and Princess Emilia Gabrielli, married Nazareno Strampelli on April 28, 1900 in Rome. They settled in Camerino, where Nazzareno was teaching agronomy and three years later moved to Rieti with a two years old daughter and pregnancy in progress.
Nazareno had accepted one of the so-called itinerant chairs in agriculture and experienced at first a very hard period which Nazareno overcame with Carlotta’s help and support that was not limited to their family life, but was central to Nazzareno’s scientific work as Carlotta devised new pollination techniques and performing most hybridization crosses herself. Nazareno recognized this most valuable, continuing contribution to his work, by naming “Carlotta Strampelli" his first released variety, and "Carlottina bianca” and "Carlottina rossa” two additional ones in later years. Indeed, Carlotta Strampelli, whose initial support to Nazzareno’s work had solely a technical character, became a true scientist, but was overshadowed by the increasing attention given to her husband.
Carlotta, an intelligent and educated woman, is a proof of the significant role played by women to wheats genetics and breeding new, high productive varieties of wheat.
Carlotta was a person of great earnestness and abnegation, of unquestionable quality and capacity, ranging from the technical abilities to the most rational ones.
In brief, Carlotta was a fascinating woman. It is time to acknowledge her distinction through a public Award. Read more...