Women and Girls in STEM Forum

Bringing together policymakers, industry leaders, and students to advance the European agenda on gender equality in STEM education and careers.

About the forum

Girls Go Circular, in collaboration with the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), is happy to announce the first Women and Girls in STEM Forum, an annual event that gathers researchers, practitioners, and influential stakeholders in STEM and gender equality and connects them with the students who participate in Girls Go Circular’s innovative learning programme.

The event will host high-level discussions on eliminating gender bias from STEM, entrepreneurial, and digital disciplines and will inspire the future EU action on these themes. It will also celebrate the participation of thousands of girls and boys from eight European countries in the project and offer them the opportunity to meet inspirational mentors.

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.

The younger generation will be the one to embrace this challenge 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.

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

High Level Panel

The High Level Panel will host policymakers, researchers and other influential stakeholders in digital education and gender equality. They will discuss the challenge of eliminating gender bias from STEM, entrepreneurial and digital disciplines and give their recommendations for future action.

Student Mentoring

Students involved in the Girls Go Circular project will meet inspirational mentors and exchange with their peers. Women who are at the forefront of creating a fair and open digital transition and in leading entrepreneurial positions will act as role models and inspire students to embrace their passion free from any societal or cultural prejudice.

Students and high-level representatives will gather during the final, interactive plenary, where they will view student videos on the future of gender equality and select a winner. Don’t miss out!

Event details and programme


28 October 2021


9.30-12.30 Central European Time



Women and Girls in STEM Forum - Programme

Here you can find the detailed schedule of the sessions planned for the forum.

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