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Women in Environmental Science Workshop

Dr. Cecilia Medupin of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is organising a Women in Environmental Science event at the University of Manchester.

Throughout history, women have always faced the challenge of gender discrimination, arising from cultural/religious barriers, child birth and rearing and inequality in pay cheques! However, in Stem areas, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), these problems are more systemic.

The challenges facing the environment, for land air and water, require women to take stronger initiatives in the future to create a sustainable world. Women, most especially in deprived and international communities, feel the impact of environmental damage and pollution greatly. Therefore, the role of women in environmental science is crucial at local, regional, national and international levels. It is linked to family units, urban and rural communities, education systems, industry and regulatory institutions. This Women in Environmental Science workshop, is a vehicle created to foster and support new groups of women interested in environmental science and to promote such activities in their local communities.

Women in Environmental Science Workshop

Why not come along on Wednesday 13 June at the Roscoe Building – Theatre B, University of Manchester, Oxford Road 10-2.00pm. Here you will share your experience of what the environment means to you. You can listen to the experiences of other women who have successfully faced these challenges, reflect on the opportunities for careers in environmental sciences, with presentations, break-out sessions, networking and interactive exhibitions.

This event is open to women, members of the public, schools and colleges within and outside Manchester.

Register at Eventbrite.

Science: it’s your thing! Video Contest

The European Commission recently launched a campaign to encourage more young women to choose science in their future careers.

With several countries taking part, the cornerstone of the campaign is a fresh and lively webpage, called Science: It’s a girl thing!

A video of the same name was made to raise awareness of the campaign. And indeed it did! The video was successful in creating discussion and engagement, triggering an animated debate on how to promote science to young women – a crucial element in bringing the campaign to life. However, feedback about the contents of the film was mixed so the Commission decided to remove it.

Although the original video is no longer being used, the campaign for this important cause remains.

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