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Towards Women In Science and Technology

Objective

The gender dimension of research implicates that the share of women in research is extremely low in all European countries and associated countries. Throughout Europe there is a fear that interest in science and technology is declining, at the same time as demands for science and technology graduates grows. The TWIST project will address this challenge with an ambitious programme of coordinated activities targeted young people and their teachers and parents as well as the general public. A major aim of the project will be to create and develop innovative activities and exhibitions in the science centres targeting the general public and schools in order to create debates and ignite on-going discussions. A structured use of scientific role models via databases will be introduced and a new national way of focusing on the gender theme in each country will be established. Another important aim will be to build on already established collaborations between the informal and formal learning sectors in order to develop new methods and ways of approaching gender issues in schools and to ensure the project’s sustainability after the end duration. The project will work closely with teachers in order to develop a method of awareness where teachers become catalysts, sparking an interest in science and technology in young people. The main focus will be on helping girls to see themselves as the scientists of tomorrow. Girls tend to undervalue their own performance, and thereby their ability to pursue careers in science and technology. The reasons are many, complex and varied but a lack of role models and self-efficacy seem to be part of the problem. Methods that can help build self-efficacy and create self-esteem will be employed. Young people and specifically girls will be targeted on their own terms in order to successfully strive to change outdated gender stereotypes. In raising the gender question the TWIST project will seek to build gender awareness in both genders.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

CENTER FOR FORMIDLING AF NATURVIDENSKAB OG MODERNE TEKNOLOGI FOND
Address
Tuborg Havnevej 7
2900 Hellerup
Denmark
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 526 828
Administrative Contact
Sheena Laursen (Dr.)

Participants (10)

STICHTING NATIONAAL CENTRUM VOOR WETENSCHAPS- EN TECHNOLOGIECOMMUNICATIE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 293 257
Address
Oosterdok 2
1011 VX Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Amito Haarhuis (Mr.)
Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza
Italy
EU contribution
€ 420 015
Address
Via Coroglio 104
80124 Napoli
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Anne-Marie Bruyas (Mrs.)
STIFTELSEN TEKNIKENS HUS
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 262 334
Address
Hogskolan Universitetsomradet
97187 Lulea
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Eva Jonsson (Ms.)
USTANOVA HISA EKSPERIMENTOV
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 220 860
Address
Trubarjeva Cesta 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Miha Kos (Mr.)
Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem (BSMJ)
Israel
EU contribution
€ 210 492
Address
Hebrew University, Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Varda Gur Ben Shitrit (Mrs.)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 98 091
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Labbett (Mr.)
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 323 709
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms.)
ASSEMBLEA DELLE DONNE PER LO SVILUPPO E LA LOTTA ALL'ESCLUSIONE SOCIALE -ASDO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 109 086
Address
Via Guido Reni 56
00196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giovanna Declich (Dr.)
ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES EXPOSITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES TECHNIQUES ET INDUSTRIELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 111 708
Address
Avenue Louise 89 7Eme Etage
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Catherine Franche (Ms.)
E-tica srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 179 312
Address
Via Boffalora 17
20142 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Bocola (Mr.)