EGU2020-11101
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-11101
EGU General Assembly 2020
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ENGIE - promoting gender balance in the area of earth science and engineering

Adrienn Cseko1, Eva Hartai2, Isabel Fernandez3, Lena Abrahamsson4, Iva Kolenković Močilac5, Silvia Giuliani6, and Ariadna Ortgea Rodriguez1
Adrienn Cseko et al.
  • 1La Palma Research Centre SL, Garafia, Canary Islands (director@lapalmacentre.eu)
  • 2University of Miskolc
  • 3European Federation of Geologists
  • 4Lulea University of Technology
  • 5University of Zagreb
  • 6Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

The Raw Materials Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT RM) is supporting the implementation of a project which aims to attract 13-18 year old girls to study geosciences and related engineering disciplines, with the objective of improving the gender balance in these fields at entry level to tertiary education and the workplace. The project ‘ENGIE – Encouraging Girls to Study Geosciences and Engineering’ will focus on informing and inspiring secondary school female students as career decisions are made generally in this period of their lives. It started in January 2020 and will last for three years.

ENGIE will support awareness raising activities in more than 20 European countries to encourage 13-18 years old girls to study geosciences and geo-engineering. Public bodies, schools, research centres, universities, professional organisations and on gender equality will be brought together, and strategies will be formulated on the basis of European and international benchmarking. Best practices and success stories will be taken over from countries where STEM education and geo-sciences have already been successfully promoted among young women (Australia, Canada, US) and also from leading European countries in this area, such as Sweden or Finland. Experiences gained during the implementation of national actions will be used for the formulation of longer-term strategies so that the expected higher interest for these professions can be satisfied by proper education and career opportunities in Europe.
The ENGIE project will focus on raising the girls’ interest in a well-defined area: geosciences and geo-engineering. This will help the project partners to formulate very clear messages. One of the challenges in supporting gender equality in research is the shortage of knowledge on how to effectively encourage and sustain ayoung woman’s interest in STEM. ENGIE will address this issue by conducting research and gathering comprehensive knowledge on what keeps women away from geosciences and engineering. In the frame of the project, an extensive communication strategy will be developed and progress will be monitored. Innovative approach of this project relies on the creation of a platform for the co-operation between competent international partners, who are strongly interested in tackling this shortage (future employers inclusive).

ENGIE will be implemented by the cooperation of 26 institutions. The partnership involves 3 universities (University of Miskolc, Luleå University of Technology and University of Zagreb), 2 research centres (Italian National Research Council and La Palma Research Centre) and a European-level professional geoscience organisation (European Federation of Geologists). 20 national member associations of EFG will also take part in the project implementation as Linked Third Parties. By their contribution, the project activities will be extended to more than 20 European countries.

How to cite: Cseko, A., Hartai, E., Fernandez, I., Abrahamsson, L., Kolenković Močilac, I., Giuliani, S., and Ortgea Rodriguez, A.: ENGIE - promoting gender balance in the area of earth science and engineering, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-11101, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-11101, 2020

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