Women and Girls in STEM Forum

Bringing together policymakers, industry leaders, and students to advance the European agenda on gender equality in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and careers.

#WGSF22 – Second Edition

On 26 October 2022, Girls Go Circular – in collaboration with the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) – is organising the second edition of the Women and Girls in STEM Forum. The event will gather researchers, practitioners, and influential stakeholders in STEM and gender equality and connect them with the students participating in Girls Go Circular’s innovative learning programme.

The second edition’s theme is “Empowering Girls in Science and Technology”. Girls and young women will have a pivotal role in the event and inspire their peers and the audience, engaging in discussions on eliminating gender bias from STEM with EU policymakers, scientists, and entrepreneurs and sharing success stories to inspire future EU action on these themes. The Women and Girls in STEM Forum will also celebrate the participation of thousands of girls from 11 European countries in the Girls Go Circular project and offer them the opportunity to receive mentoring from leading professionals.

 

Closing the Gender Gap for a Sustainable Future

There is a clear link between promoting transversal – digital and entrepreneurial – skills, STEM disciplines, and the green and digital transitions in the European Union. Innovation, novel perspectives, and creative solutions in these fields are vital for a prosperous and sustainable future. Therefore, it is crucial that diverse actors, including women and under-represented groups, take part in ensuring a more inclusive and just transition. The Women and Girls in STEM Forum contributes to the discussion on achieving a carbon-neutral, circular economy and addressing the gender gap in education and training.

Event Details

When?

Where?

Who can participate?

26 October 2022, between 13.30 – 16.30 CET

Online, live-streamed from Brussels Anyone interested in fostering gender equality in science and technology

Programme

The Women and Girls in STEM Forum will encompass two parallel streams:

HIGH-LEVEL PANEL

STUDENT MENTORING

The High-Level Panel hosts policymakers, researchers, and other influential stakeholders in digital education and gender equality. They discuss the challenge of eliminating gender bias from STEM, entrepreneurial, and digital disciplines and give their recommendations for future action. Students involved in the Girls Go Circular project meet inspirational mentors and exchange with their peers. Women at the forefront of creating a fair and open digital transition and in leading entrepreneurial positions act as role models and inspire students to embrace their passion free from societal or cultural prejudice.

Student Challenge

The younger generation will be the one to embrace the challenge of closing the gender gap in STEM and push it forward. Through the Women and Girls in STEM Forum, we connect students, policymakers, and representatives from science and industry, giving them a chance to gain inspiration and learn from each other. Girls Go Circular students will form teams and participate in a challenge to generate novel solutions to debunk gender stereotypes in STEM. The best three teams will pitch their idea before an expert jury during the event, and the winning team will be offered training to turn their vision into reality. 

Highlights from the 1st Edition of #WGSF

The first edition of the Women and Girls in STEM Forum gathered over 400 policymakers, researchers, industry leaders, students, and teachers to advance European discussions on gender equality in STEM and ICT. The speakers proposed ideas for further action and reported on several initiatives contributing to gender equality in key areas and empowering women to pursue STEM careers. 

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