Celebrating the Importance of Women in STEM

February 11, 2016 by 1 Comment | Category Collaborations, Marine Directorate general, Marine Directorate Science

Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, according to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%.

In order to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

To celebrate the first ever International day of Women and Girls in STEM, SciDev.Net is hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday 11 February at 1-3pm GMT and they would be delighted if you and your colleagues were able to join the conversation, to thrash out how to make gender equality in science and technology a reality for women and girls worldwide.

Topics under debate include:

How can we break down barriers and better support women in STEM?…

  • How do challenges vary by region and context?
  • Success stories: What works where, and what has failed?
  • Has the time come to get radical? What would radical approaches to gender equality look like in different regions?
  • Is the focus on conventional STEM blinkered to innovation that flourishes in informal spaces?

To take part or follow the debate; tweet using ‪#‎SciWomen @SciDevNet.


In addition, to celebrate women in science and help to promote the day everyone is invited to complete this poster and put it up at work on 11th February. If you like, you could also take a picture of it in your lab or office and share it on your social networks. Use #womeninstem and post your picture on Facebook or Twitter.

 Favourite Female Scientist poster


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