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3rd Gender & STEM Network Conference

Promoting girls' and women's participation in STEM advancement and innovation: Connecting research with global policy and practice

21—23 July 2016, Newcastle University Business School, Science Central, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

The first conference in 2012 focused on individual gendered pathways towards (and away from) STEM fields (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The second conference in 2014, hosted by Dr Rebecca Lazarides and Professor Angela Ittel at the Technische Universität Berlin, highlighted the roles of schools, families and workplaces for supporting or constraining girls/women and boys/men to choose and persist in STEM, versus other pathways.  

The theme for this 3rd Conference in 2016 is “Promoting girls’ and women’s participation in STEM advancement and innovation: Connecting research with global policy and practice”, hosted by Professor Pooran Wynarczyk. In it, we aim to further extend the interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers from diverse fields who share concern regarding gender and STEM participation. The following dimensions will be highlighted which contribute to participation and retention of girls and women in the STEM pipeline:

  • key factors and good practices within school, university and workplaces;
  • role of higher education institutes (HEIs) technology transfer officers and commercialisation policies in enhancing women’s participation in commercialisation of STEM  research and creation of university spinoffs;
  • the role of government, industry, public policy and career development policies;
  • positive action measures: STEM initiatives, schemes, networks and organisations;
  • individual, family, teacher and peer processes.

Keynote speakers include Professor Sue V. Rosser (San Francisco State University, USA), Dr Patricia Fara (Cambridge University, UK), Professor Birgit Spinath (Heidelberg University, Germany), Professor Jay Mitra (University of Essex, UK). See keynotes 2016 for more information.

On 22 July, the Gala Dinner with distinguished speakers will take place at the Hancock Museum

See Call for papers 2016 for more details about deadlines and submission formats.

The planned conference is an initiative of the Gender & STEM Network: www.genderandstem.com

More detailed information about conference program and registration will soon be published on this website.

We hope to welcome you in Newcastle upon Tyne in the summer of 2016!

Best regards, on behalf of your Gender & STEM conference organisation team:

Professor Pooran Wynarczyk (Newcastle University Business School, UK), in collaboration with Helen Watt (Monash University, Australia) and Noortje Jansen (VHTO, The Netherlands)