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.

 

#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) – organised the second edition of the Women and Girls in STEM Forum. The event gathered +450 educators, policymakers, and influential stakeholders in STEM and gender equality and connected them with the students participating in Girls Go Circular’s innovative learning programme.

The second edition’s theme was “Empowering Girls in Science and Technology”. Girls and young women had a pivotal role in the event and inspired 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 the future EU action on these themes. The Women and Girls in STEM Forum also celebrated the participation of thousands of girls from 11 European countries in the Girls Go Circular project and offered 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.

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You can watch above the full recording of the Women and Girls of the STEM Forum 2022.

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HIGH-LEVEL PANEL

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

STUDENT MENTORING

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

Programme

#WGSF22 – Event Programme

Check out the complete programme of the second edition of the Women and Girls in STEM Forum to get to know the inspiring speakers and mentors who presented at the event.

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 connected students, policymakers, and representatives from science and industry, giving them a chance to gain inspiration and learn from each other. Girls Go Circular students formed teams and participated in a challenge to generate novel solutions to debunk gender stereotypes in STEM. The best three teams pitched their idea before an expert jury during the event, and the winning team was 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 the 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. Watch the key moments of the Women and Girls in STEM Forum 2021 in the Highlights Video (below).

The WGSF Policy Brief summarises the main findings of the event’s first edition and highlights essential European policies and initiatives to reduce gender bias in STEM and ICT. Have a look at the policy brief and find inspiration to promote gender equality in STEM and ICT!

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Policy Brief

Check out the main findings from Women and Girls in STEM Forum 2021