After having run for over 3 years, the campaign Science: it's a girl thing! is now handing over to Hypatia, a three-year project, funded by Horizon 2020 - the EU's research and innovation programme.
Hypatia builds its activities on the legacy of the campaign, engaging 13-18 year old girls and boys both in and out of the school environment. The focus is on engaging these teenagers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) in a gender-inclusive way, and addressing the attitudes of STEM education professionals towards more gender-inclusive practices.
To do this, Hypatia brings together science centres and museums, schools, research institutions and industry with gender experts and teenagers themselves. These groups of stakeholders work together on a national and European level through hubs, co-developing the content and co-organising the activities.
As part of its activities, Hypatia has taken over Science: It’s a girl thing Facebook page, and is building on the campaign with new Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr accounts in which you can keep on discovering news on women in science! In addition, on the Hypatia websites you can find more information on the project’s activities and interesting facts about science.
We hope you will keep following the campaign!
On 21 June 2012, the EU Commissioner for research and innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, launched the ‘Women in Research and Innovation’ campaign to encourage more women to choose research careers.
In 2012, women represented 46% of the PhD graduates in the EU. However, women only represented 33% of researchers. Only 20% of top level academics were women, and just one in every ten universities in the European Union had a female rector. Europe needs more research and innovation to stimulate growth and job creation, and so the under representation of women in research is both unfair and bad for economic growth.
Under the slogan "Science: It's a girl thing!" the campaign targets girls aged 13-18 -especially those who would not normally be interested in careers in research- and encourages them to study science. Through online and face-to-face activities with inspiring women scientist role models, the campaign reaches out to these teenagers to give real information about the excitement and challenges of being a professional scientist or engineer.
Since 2013, the campaign “Science: it’s a girl thing!” has teamed up with other European initiatives, such as the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) and the EU funded project “SCIENTIX", the European Platform for Science teachers.
Through a partnership with the SCIENTIX project, the campaign is now addressing teachers as well, raising their awareness on gender equality in the classroom.
The 'Women in Research and Innovation' campaign is part of a wider EU strategy for gender equality in research and innovation. It comprises a broad range of activities which aim to 1) address the under-representation of women in research careers, 2) integrate the gender dimension in all areas of research and 3) modernize research institutions, in particular their human resources management.
The “Science: It’s a girl thing!” website provides information in all official EU languages. However, at certain times and for certain content, you may find your preferred language version unavailable pending translation.
Additionally, please note that the English language version is the point of reference (English being the source language for all the translations).