International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Are Women Still Underrepresented in Science?

Activity by Ingrid Montes   |   added on Sep 15, 2010   |   Puerto Rico Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): IUPAC, ACS

The American Chemical Society sponsors a symposia for the 2011 IUPAC World Congress on the topic of the representation of women in science.

Over the years, the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has provoked worldwide discussion. Research has offered a number of possible explanations for lower numbers of women in these fields: education environments, lack of role models, and poor preparation and lack of encouragement in STEM subjects, among others. It has also been suggested that underrepresentation is mainly a cultural phenomenon and that policies can affect workforce diversity. With this in mind, a full day program will be held at the Congress in order to recognize the contributions of women to chemistry. The program will start with a plenary lecture by Ada Yonath, the 2009 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry. This will be followed by a full-day symposium to discuss statistics in different countries, possible causes of underrepresentation, and ongoing challenges around the world. Each presenter will also discuss the attitudes, behaviors, opportunities, and resources that lead to their success.

Following the symposium, the play A Living History of Marie Curie by Susan Marie Frontczak will be presented. The presentation will help meet the IYC 2011 objective of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Marie Sklodowska Curie. In addition, a  brochure that will feature 12 eminent women chemists and Marie Curie will be distributed to participants of the Congress and online.

Topic: women in chemistry Audience: general public, students


Fabienne Meyers | Jul 14, 2011 04:34PM

more info about this event is also available on this other IYC activity...

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