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Bridging the Divides for Women and Girls in Science

11th February marks the annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professions, and encouraging girls in school to pursue STEM-related subjects with a view to contributing to STEM-related careers.  Set up by the United Nations in 2015, the aim is to expand the pool of talented researchers and tackle gender disparity within STEM subjects. Digital Science believes in the importance of inclusive research, encouraging diverse perspectives and giving equal opportunities regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or other dividing factors. Here you’ll find resources to shine a light on some of the issues as well as hear from others about ways in which they are supporting women and girls to progress in science.

Our aim is to bridge the divides and help get more women working in these fields in order to harness all talent in tackling challenges and driving progress for all.

New and thought-provoking research

Empowering Women in STEM

The underrepresentation of women remains a significant challenge in STEM. Dr Suze Kundu chats with Dame Athene Donald on how to achieve true equity and equality in the research profession. This TL;DR article Empowering Women in STEM, examines how to practically address the challenges facing women in STEM. 

Next, watch the Digital Science Speaker Series video featuring Dame Athene Donald.

A generational shift in reverse

For decades, the proportion of women publishing their first academic publication has increased. However, following the COVID-19 pandemic, this growth has gone in reverse for two consecutive years, with 2024 not looking better.

Sharing research and knowledge from a range of Digital Science experts highlighting, and celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Digital Science Speaker Series

The Digital Science Speaker Series welcomes some of the most exciting and innovative movers, shakers, and doers from our research community

Our second Digital Science Speaker Series talk was from Professor Dame Athene Donald on how a career in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) is “Not Just For The Boys”, and how an underrepresentation of any group of society can impact the research being done.

Athene chatted with Digital Science’s Director of Researcher and Community Engagement, Dr Suze Kundu, about her research, her book, her experiences of being a woman in STEM, and the big changes she would like to see in research culture to foster greater inclusion of all genders in the STEM workforce.

Check out the video and the entire Speaker Series playlist over on YouTube. Don’t miss the TL;DR article about empowering women in STEM.

How else we are helping #BridgingTheDivides

In this TL;DR series we ask if a fragmented research ecosystem is slowing global progress?

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