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  Newsletter Gender & STEM #3, June 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
 
Introduction
Gender & STEM Network Conference: 5 & 6 September 2012
First Network meeting: April 19 & 20, San Francisco
New members
Agenda
Colophon
This Newsletter has been compiled by:
VHTO
(Dutch) national expert organisation on women/girls and SET (secretariat Network)
 
 
Please send this Newsletter to research colleagues you might know who can also contribute to the Network aims. The membership form is available on our new website: www.genderandstem.com.
Introduction
Some time has passed since the last Gender & STEM Newsletter, but we have not remained inactive! We are happy to welcome new members, the Network website is online and we have been busy planning and organizing our first Network meeting at the Gender Development Research Conference in San Francisco, as well as the First Gender & STEM Network conference in September 2012 in Amsterdam. More information about these meeting follows below.
We would like to welcome the new members who have joined the worldwide ‘Gender & STEM Educational and Occupational Pathways and Participation Network’, developed to gain better insight into the various, closely connected aspects of career choices and pathways in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics).
Once more, the network’s core objectives are:
- to gain more insight into the various, closely connected aspects of STEM career choices of girls/women and boys/men; and
- to identify approaches to improve participation, especially for girls/women.
Relevant research will span early childhood, primary/elementary, secondary, and post-secondary settings, as well as outside-school settings, and within the workforce.
Several researchers who contribute to this field can provide concentrated information to target engagement in the various subfields of STEM, if we integrate our research findings to gain a coherent view from childhood to labor market. VHTO policy workers and academic researchers will work in close association on these subjects.
Warm wishes, Helen Watt
Gender & STEM Network Conference: 5 & 6 September 2012
You have all received the e-invitation for the first Gender and STEM Network Conference on 5-6 September in Amsterdam. We hope it will bring together academics, teachers, policy makers, experts and the public to explore the missing pieces of the ‘jigsaw puzzle’: what do we not yet know that we need to, concerning girls/women and STEM? Some of the jigsaw pieces include:
pre-school gender development and participation in STEM;
development of girls’/boys’ STEM motivations, participation and achievemen
teacher characteristics and promoting girls’/boys’ STEM motivations, participation and achievement;
making STEM careers more attractive to women/men;
approaches/policies concerning more girls/women in STEM that work and do not work.
The core questions for the conference will be: how to contribute to more gender inclusive choice-behaviour in the area of STEM? Which actions have first priority and need most attention? What works in the short term and what in the long term?
Keynote speakers (among others)
Professor Jacquelynne Eccles, University of Michigan, USA - 'Gender and STEM: Opting in versus dropping out.'
Professor Angela Ittel, Institute of Technology, Berlin, Germany - 'Teacher- and classroom characteristics of effective STEM education for boys and girls- recent findings and practical implications.'
Professor Jens Möller, University of Kiel, Germany - 'Dimensional Comparisons and their Consequences for Self-Concept and Motivation.'
Call for papers and pitches
The deadline for submission of proposals, consisting of an abstract (500 words or less) and short bio statement of up to 100 words, was May 30, 2012 but network members are still invited to submit their proposals quickly. Please send proposals via email to the secretariat of the Gender and STEM Network at VHTO: Noortje Jansen at GenderandSTEM@vhto.nl.
A special format feature is the proposal pitch for researchers seeking collaborators, within the conference theme. Please visit Presentation Formats at the www.genderandstem.com for more information about how to submit a paper/poster/symposium/panel or ‘proposal pitch’ presentation.
Note that your registration will be confirmed when payment has succeeded. You will be registered but unconfirmed until payment is processed. Please see conference payment for further details conference fees and method of payment.
We look forward to welcome you in September!
First Network meeting: April 19 & 20, San Francisco
The organization of the GDRC (Gender Development Research Conference) had kindly offered us an opportunity for our first Network meeting during their conference. A 1,5 hours meeting was scheduled within the conference program. The meeting had good attendance. The network members who were attending the conference and some other interested researchers were present. We discussed the Network aims and planned the agenda for the coming year, including the Conference in September. The participants were enthusiastic about the network and had some great suggestions for future network activities and identified missing ‘pieces’ of the gender and STEM ‘jig saw puzzle’.  
‘Pieces’ of the jigsaw to consider raised by attendees included:
- Context influences: culture of science, institutional requirements (e.g., timing of the ‘tenure clock’ for women science Faculty coinciding with when many women begin a family);
- Locating contexts in which girls/women participate highly in STEM to identify reasons why.
Suggested ‘projects’ for the Network members
Facilitating international collaborations, for example, to test an intervention across multiple contexts
Identifying and evaluating existing programs and initiatives that have been set up to attract girls into STEM;
Meta-analysis of effectiveness of gender interventions dependent on mechanisms they target (Becky Bigler).
Suggested actions by the Network organisation
Setting up interdisciplinary and multi-method research teams;
Disseminating funding information (e.g., NSF provides for international project funding);
Disseminating information such as calls for journal special issues, book chapter contributors;
Documenting information concerning ineffective interventions (may be unpublished due to publication bias which favours significant effects);
Bibliography section on website.
Ideas for website Discussion Forum
A discussion thread on politicians’ ‘imperative questions/issues’ from a range of country contexts;
A discussion thread concerning how best to ‘frame’ project funding proposals concerning gender and STEM to enhance likelihood of success; also how to best ‘sell’ to stakeholders such as teachers, parents and students.
new members
We are very happy to welcome all our new members! Please visit our website for more detailed information about them.
agenda
June 2012
Start network forum, members will soon receive a login name and password to participate in the online forum.
First discussion threads are: politicians’ ‘imperative questions/issues’ from a range of country contexts and how best to ‘frame’ project funding proposals concerning gender and STEM to enhance likelihood of success; also how to best ‘sell’ to stakeholders such as teachers, parents and students.
5-6 September 2012
Network Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (host VHTO).
2012/2013
Production on an ‘evidence based’ document on how to contribute to more gender inclusive choice-behaviour in the area of STEM? Which actions have first priority and need most attention? What works in the short term and what in the long term?
2013
Updates and Network meeting within the frame of another conference if advisable & possible.
2014
Updates + (final) Conference + (final) publication