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Final Report - PALLAS ATHENE (Ambassadors for women and science - Use of best practice instruments to strengthen women in research)

Project ID: 17728
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY


PALLAS ATHENE was a European funded project within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) whose ultimate aim was to stimulate the participation of women in science and technology and to prepare them taking on leading positions in science organisations. At the start there were nine and afterwards around 20 ambassadors (excellent female researchers) who took part in this project. The ambassadors contributed as role models to the empowerment of women in science. They used best practice instruments which were already established or were especially inaugurated for the project.

The objectives of the project were severalfold. At first, the project was carried out in order to stimulate the participation of women in science and technology. Secondly, the project tried to arise interest in Natural Sciences amongst young people and the public. Thirdly, teacher and students were involved in order to relate the punctual interventions of PALLAS ATHENE in schools with longer lasting measures in teacher training.

Excellent female scientists were involved in the project as ambassadors for 'Women and science'. They acted as role models for other women and for children encouraging them to go into science. Together with the teachers, students helped implementing higher education didactics and science policy in their curriculum.

Finally, the ambassadors became 'visible' and some of them already reached a higher position in their respective centre.

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