Women in Science at East Hampton's Guild Hall

A still from the award-winning film "Hidden Figures"

I-Tri, a community program for adolescent girls that fosters self-respect and personal empowerment, will turn a spotlight on the potential of women in science, technology, engineering, and math with a panel discussion and screening of “Hidden Figures” on Saturday at Guild Hall.

The Oscar-nominated film chronicles the story of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the United States space program. After the screening Dr. Max Gomez, an Emmy Award-winning medical reporter for WCBS-TV, will moderate a panel discussion with five women who work in various scientific fields.

The panelists: Brooke Phillips is a doctoral student in Stony Brook University’s department of geosciences. Jennifer Gatz, Ph.D., is an Advanced Placement biology teacher for the Patchogue-Medford School District. Bonita London, Ph.D., a social and personality scientist, works with the Center for Inclusive Education. Nancy Hollingsworth earned her Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Washington and started her own lab at Stony Brook University in 1994. Gitte Pedersen, a scientist and an entrepreneur who has a degree in chemical engineering, started the company Genomic Expression after her parents were diagnosed with cancer. Kimberly Barbour is the marine program outreach manager for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County.

The event runs from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at itrigirls.org and $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit I-Tri.