How to increase girls’ participation in STEM disciplines?

Gender fair teaching good practices


With the support of Institut de Formation de l'Education Nationale (IFEN), the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and its partners organise this conference in frame of the project Eramus+ Gender 4 STEM (

Nowadays, innovation is mainly driven by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These skills are recognised as being key to rising to current challenges, which are leading to become knowledge-driven economies and societies. The problem is that girls seem to lack a calling for these disciplines and they are also very under-represented on courses in the disciplines in question.

Gender 4 STEM aims to tackle the low representation of girls in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and subsequently women in STEM careers. One of the reasons why STEM disciplines are unappealing to girls might be persistent stereotypes. Teachers are not always equipped to manage gender diversity in their classrooms. Educational materials also lack female characters, role-models likely to stir young girls' interest in these subjects from a young age.

In order to spark greater interest in STEM disciplines among girls, the Gender4STEM project aims to create an e-learning platform where educational and awareness-raising materials are available for use by secondary-level teachers.

The Gender 4 STEM project has started in September 2017. This conference aims to transfer first concrete results helping teachers to better deal gender issues in STEM education.


  • Participants will know main gender stereotypes in STEM education
  • They are able to identify stereotyped situations and to use some good practises (contents, methods, tools…) to address them in teaching situations (preparation, animation, evaluation and careers guidance)
  • They are able to mobilize examples of female role models for inspire girls in choosing STEM education and careers.
  • They are required to question their own teaching practices regarding gender issues


Lower and upper secondary school teachers (especially teachers in STEM disciplines), schools’ psychologists and career advisors, head of teachers, schools directors.

The conference will combine presentations and interactive sessions. E.g.: use of collaborative technology like ‘voxvote’ to crowdsource questions of the audience.



Let’s get to know each other around a walking lunch


We unravel pupil-proof gender-fair teaching practises

13.00 - Introduction
Presentation of the project and introduction to the conference
Marie Gallais (Gender 4 STEM project manager - LIST, Luxembourg)

13.30 - 1st good practice - Girls in ICT Day
A day dedicated to girls curious about computer science and information technology
Marina Andrieu (Women in Digital Initiatives, Luxembourg)

13.45 - 2nd good practice - Ragazze Digitali Summer Camp of EWMD Italy and Unimore
Girls from secondary schools benefit of a one month immersive and hands on experience in coding
Maria Sangiuliano (Smart Venice, Italy)

14.00 - 3rd good practice - Role models ‘speed dating’ | Female STEM professionals talk with small groups of secondary schools pupils and provide girls with an image they could identify with
Katharina Müller (VHTO, The Netherlands)

14.15 - Interactive session with the audience

14.45-15.00Coffee break

We animate a panel discussion of female role models in STEM. Draw from their experience to motivate your pupils

Valeria Cagnina (Italy) is a teenager and since the age of 11 deeply engaged into robotics and technology. Today she tries to transmit her enthusiasm and passion to young people

Elisabeth John (Luxembourg) holds a PhD in Biology and is coordinator of the Scienteens Lab at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, University of Luxemburg

Maria Corbet Nits (Romania) is an HVAC engineer (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and administrator at her company SC EXPERT SRL.

Daria Petca (Romania) is a teenager and performs in Informatics. She is the winner of the Bronze Medal for the 11th grade for Informatics at the most prestigious National Contest called “Olimpiada of Information Technology”.

Marija Bajica (Croatia) holds a Bsc in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Zagreb. She worked previously in Europe and Australia (IBM Croatia, Oikon – Institute of Applied Ecology) ss the entrepreneur, manager and freelancer in the capacity of   IT and project management consultant and trainer. She held a position of the President of the Project Management Institute Croatia for the period 2013-2018

Séréna Boukelmoun (Luxembourg) is a teenager and is a member of the girls in digital team who took part to the Game of Code in March 2018. She won 2 special awards: NextGen by SAP and Coup de coeur for their team spirit by La Bâloise.

16.30Conclusion of the event


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Date: 7 June 2018 from 12.00 to 16.30 (Walking lunch from 12.00 to 13.00)

Language: English

Duration: 3,5 hours

Venue: IFEN - EduPôle | route de Diekirch | L-7220 Walferdange - Training certified by IFEN

Registration fee: Free of charge



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