European commission
Issue 3, December 2014
Research & Innovation
Science: it's a girl thing!
Latest news from 'Science: it's a girl thing!'

Women in Science in 2014

Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey & Sophie Healy-Thow
Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey & Sophie Healy-Thow
It's been an exciting year for women in science. Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Fields medal and physicist Fabiola Gianotti was named as the next Director-General of CERN. That's not forgetting the Irish students who walked away from the GoogleScience Fair 2014 as Grand Prize winners and May-Britt Moser who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. As the year draws to a close, we're taking a look back at the exciting achievements of these women researchers.

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Feature your organisation/activity on our updated website

Science: It's a girl thing - Organisations and events
After over two years online, the Science: it's a girl thing! website has had a revamp! Our updated look and new features, launched earlier this month, offer a new way for you to include your organisation or activity on the website.

For this new Organisations & Events section, we've already build up a bank of interesting and dynamic entries in every EU country, but we want more! If you are involved in an organisation that promotes science to young people, please join our map. Simply go the Organisations & Events section and add your details!

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Science: it's a girl thing! at the 2nd Scientix Conference

Guest speaker Amber Gell, Lockheed Martin-NASA
Guest speaker Amber Gell, Lockheed Martin-NASA
Nearly 600 participants from 41 countries gathered in Brussels for the 2nd Scientix Conference from 24 to 26 October 2014. The aim was to present innovation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and bring together science teachers, researchers and policy makers in the field.

Among the conference topics was gender in STEM; there were several interesting talks focused on women in STEM and a round table on gender equality. On top of that, the Science: it's a girl thing! campaign ran a workshop to help science teachers 'think gender' in their everyday practice. The campaign stand also saw many participants sharing their experiences and exchanging tips on gender-sensitive science teaching.

The conference's guest speaker Amber Gell, a rocket scientist from Lockheed Martin-NASA, inspired teachers, researchers and policy makers alike. She works on the Orion Spacecraft that will be used to take humans to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

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Calendar – key dates
7-10 January 2015: Association for Science Education (ASE) Annual Conference 2015 (Reading)

2-6 March 2015: Building research-based MOODLE materials in Maths, Science and CLIL (Benidorm)

19-20 March 2015: Big Bang conference 2015 (University College Sjælland, Campus Roskilde)

News from the web
Ceci, Williams find 'changing landscape' for women in science (Cornell Chronicle)

Why women are under-represented in science and engineering (The Guardian)

Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science (National Geographic)

Social media links to be highlighted

On 26 and 27 November, neuroscience graduate Irini Kessissoglou managed our Facebook page.

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About the campaign

The ‘Science: it’s a girl thing!’ campaign is part of the wider ‘Women in Research and Innovation’ campaign run by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation to encourage more women to choose research careers.