The Women in Science Festival will be back in March 2015 with even more events, activities and celebrations of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Preparations for the Festival are well underway. An Open Call for Event Applications is now open and will close on 28th October 2014. Download a copy of the Event Application - Women in Science 2015
Women in Science is a collaboration between the University of Dundee, Abertay University, Dundee Science Centre, the James Hutton Institute and the Dundee Women's Festival. We always welcome new partners and supporters, so please get in touch if you want to be part of this festival.
We welcome suggestions on events and speakers that would enhance the festival in 2015. Please get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01382 386660.
Keep in Touch
We update our Facebook page regularlyat www.facebook.com/DundeeWomenInScience. Please visit our page and like us. You can also follow our hashtag on Twitter using the #WomenSciFest hashtag.
To contact the Festival organisers you can e-mail us at email@example.com or call us on 01382 386660.
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Reports on Women in Science
Why do we run women in science? Why do women need their own science festival? There are many reasons why we want to both celebrate and encourage women in the STEM subjects:
- Although studies show a vast majority of girls show an interest in STEM subjects, even half of girls interested in STEM subjects think that STEM subjects aren't typical career paths for girls, and very few girls rate a STEM career as their first choice
- Although in science subjects, women make up approximately half of all science graduates, these are highly skewed towards medicine and allied subjects, veterinary and biological sciences. If only looking at physical sciences, engineering and maths, only 26.5% of these graduates are female.
- Female scientists make fewer grant applications, and have a lower success rate of grant applications - which also correlates to females having fewer research papers on average compared with men, particularly through the first 10 years of their career.
- Perhaps unsurprisingly, many women report balancing family life with their career as the limiting factor on their productivity. More time off to raise children, and fewer hours in the lab on average mean fewer publications.
- Supporting women works! - research shows that young girls who have had interactions with women from STEM subjects are more interested, and more likely to pursue an education in a STEM subject
The Science Behind Women in Science
Women in Science is practically a whole scientific discipline unto itself, with 3 dedicated journals, and hundreds of scientific papers across a whole range of science journals. Below you can find links to some papers and reports which show the statistics and science of the reasons behind women's underrepresentation in science.