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Women in Science Interviews with Lina Giannakandropoulou, UniSystems Luxembourg SARL



“Illuminate (en)trust to women towards innovation”


Can you share a bit about your background and journey in the field of research? 


My name is Lina Giannakandropoulou, and I am working as a Research Project Delivery Manager at UniSystems Luxembourg SARL. I obtained my first degree in Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece and afterwards, my PhD in the field of Radiation Chemistry from the University of Paris-Saclay in France. The research field is something that excited me from the very beginning of my career and for this reason I have worked in different countries in this domain. Amazed by the word of Medical Radiation I have worked in this field in the past, at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos” in Athens, Greece and at the Institute of Medical Radiation Biology (UDE) in Essen, Germany. 


In the ENTRUST project, in the role of project coordinator, I am committed to harmonizing my educational background and hands-on experience with my organizational skills through collaborative solutions. 


What are some misconceptions about women in science that you'd like to address? 


There are several common misconceptions about women's roles in science. Addressing these misconceptions though is crucial to encourage diversity and ensure a more inclusive and accurate understanding of women's contributions to this field. 


  • There is a stereotype that women may struggle to balance their professional and personal time when maternity comes into their lives. Many women have successfully managed both, showing that these assumptions about their abilities are based on stereotypes. 

  • It is commonly believed that women are less interested in technology-related fields. In reality, many women are passionate about technology, and there is a growing number of women pursuing careers in technology related domains.  

  • Unfortunately, there is a misconception that women may not be suitable for leadership roles. In truth, women can and do hold leadership positions in technology related domains, contributing to innovation, strategy, and decision-making.  


Can you provide some insights into your role within the ENTRUST project? 


As project coordinator, my role includes the general management of the ENTRUST project partners to achieve our priorities and highest goals. I am focusing on financial & administrative management,  quality assurance & risk management which are common standards suitable for international R&I projects. Furthermore, smooth cooperation with the consortium and effective cooperation and organization is an important aspects of my responsibilities. I am proud of the project partners who always thrive for the best results aiming at producing impact through ENTRUST Project. 

 

The expansion of connectivity and data processing capabilities at the edge has opened up new possibilities in healthcare. From your perspective, how can women's unique perspectives contribute to the success of the ENTRUST project? 


Women's unique perspectives can significantly contribute to the success of ENTRUST, especially in the context of the expanding connectivity and data processing capabilities at the edge. 

First of all, women often bring a user-centric approach to design and development. Considering that medical devices are used by diverse populations, including both genders, a woman's perspective can contribute to creating more inclusive and user-friendly cybersecurity solutions. This can help ensure that security measures do not impede the usability and accessibility of medical devices, particularly for patients with varying needs. 


Moreover, women tend to emphasize ethical considerations and social impacts in decision-making processes. In the healthcare context, this can involve ensuring that cybersecurity measures prioritize patient privacy, consent, and data protection. Women's perspectives can contribute to the development of ethical guidelines and policies that prioritize the well-being of patients and the responsible use of medical data. 


Also, women often reinforce long-term sustainability and resilience in their approaches to problem-solving. In the contexts of ENTRUST, this perspective can contribute to developing solutions that are adaptable to evolving threats and technologies, ensuring the long-term security and integrity of healthcare systems. 


Promoting gender diversity and inclusion in the development and implementation of cybersecurity measures for medical devices is essential for creating solutions that are effective, ethical, and considerate of the diverse needs of healthcare stakeholders. Women's unique perspectives can enhance the industry's ability to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by the expansion of connectivity and data processing capabilities at the edge in healthcare. 

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