Science: it’s a girl thing!
The European Commission would like to encourage young women to study science and science-related subjects and to engage them in research careers.
Women remain largely under-represented in science, technology and research fields in Europe and that constitutes a huge waste of talent.
To try to change the trend, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will launch a communication campaign in a conference on 21 June at 2.30 pm at the European Parliament along with Members of Parliament, pupils and inspirational role models.
The Women in Research and Innovation campaign will challenge stereotypes on science and show young people, especially girls and young women, that science can be a great opportunity for their future.
The campaign will also underline the importance of science and research in finding concrete solutions to our world's problems.
The launch event, on 21 June, is open to the public from 12.00 to 18.00 on the Esplanade of the European Parliament and it includes fun activities on the theme of science open to boys and girls:
- several workshops that will stimulate their appetite for science
- a very special workshop exploring the connection between science and music with famous Belgian female DJ & producer, DJ Sand (Sandrine Droubaix);
- shooting of the video clip of the ‘Chain Reaction Dance’ – a flashmob with original music and choreography, inspired by chemical reactions and performed by the gathered crowd of young people;
- meetings with young scientists who will share their passion for science with students and answer all their questions on science studies and research careers.
Young people will be able to win prizes when participating in the workshops.
For more information and to register: www.ec.europa.eu/launch-science-girl-thing.