Training Conference: How can girls' participation in STEM disciplines be increased?

Published on 01/06/2018

On 7th June, between midday and 4.30pm at EduPôle in Walferdange, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) will be holding a training conference in partnership with the National Education Training Institute (IFEN), Women in Digital Initiatives Luxembourg (WIDE) and its European partners, dedicated to best practices and female European "Role Models" to be followed to increase girls' participation in STEM disciplines (sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics).

After a walking lunch which will allow the participants to exchange views on pedagogical practices, the conference will kick off with the presentation of exemplary European initiatives to raise awareness of girls in STEM disciplines.  The event will notably celebrate the "Girls in ICT Day" organised in April by Women in Digital Initiatives Luxembourg, aimed at promoting the IT and information technologies professions to girls.  This example of good practice will be complemented by a description of the summer digitisation study programme intended for Italian girls in secondary education and offered by the network in Italy the "European Women's management development international network" and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.  This will be followed by an overview of the Dutch "speed dating" experience between pupils from secondary education and women who have illustrious careers in the STEM disciplines. Participants will then be invited to respond to the ways in which these approaches can be rolled out in European establishments. 

The second highlight of the conference will showcase six young girls and women who have distinguished themselves in the STEM fields. Three teenagers from Luxembourg, Italy and Romania: Séréna Boukelmoun, Valeria Cagnina and Daria Petca will present work of which they are proud and which motivates them in the STEM disciplines.  Elisabeth John, coordinator at the Scienteens Lab at Luxembourg University, Maria Corbet Nits, engineer and entrepreneur in Romania, and Marija Bajica, consultant and trainer in the IT sector in Croatia, will talk about their experiences and what motivated them to start a career in STEM. Participants will be able to draw inspiration from their experiences to give their own pupils a taste for STEM. 

The event, to be held in English, is for teachers in secondary education and specifically in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as educational establishment directors, and at a broader level psychologists and career guidance officers in the educational sector. 

The training conference is certified by IFEN and a certificate of participation will be issued.  Anyone interested in participating should register online.

This conference is taking place in the framework of the Gender4STEM project which is jointly funded by the European Erasmus+ programme, aimed at creating a digital platform offering educational material for teachers and at raising awareness to issues, so as to raise a greater interest for the STEM disciplines amongst the female population.  More information about this project can be found at

> For any question about Gender4STEM, please contact Marie Gallais via email. 

> For any question related to the conference, contact Marylène Martin via email.

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