Below, we feature upcoming events, online resources, and recent reports. If you are interested in becoming a role model for girls in junior and senior high school, sign-up at the bottom of this page.
From November 6 to 8, 2017, advocates of gender equality policy from science, innovation and development fields are invited to participate in the Gender Summit North America 2017, to be held in Montréal, Canada. The summit will engage individuals and communities in transformative actions on gender equity, pluralism, ethnicity, and inclusion in science and STEM, social science and health research. Those present will have the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions under the overarching theme of “Pluralism, Ethnicity & Inclusion – Canadian Values in a Global Context.”
Learn more by visiting their website.
The 2018 bienneial CCWESTT Conference will take place at the University of Alberta, Innovation Centre May 31-June 2. The theme is “Learn Grow Act: Re-define the Future”
Visit the conference website for all details: http://ccwestt2018.com/
On May 3-4 2017, the 2017 Atlantic ConnecTions (ACT) Conference brought together over 100 women in SETT from Atlantic Canada to share their experiences of studying and working in male-dominated fields, to network with others, and to develop action items with the goal of advancing women in STEM. Read the full report, or visit atlanticconnections.ca to learn more!
Read the executive report of the WISEatlantic research study, “Youth Perspectives on STEM Education, Career Choices, and Influencers in Atlantic Canada” released in 2016. The goals of this study, which focused on junior high school students, was to understand how engaged they were in math and science, their future intention for study, and the likelihood that they would consider a STEM career down the road. Research also addressed students’ knowledge of how relevant science and math were across various types of careers. Gender and grade differences, and influencers on science and math study, were also examined. If you would like a specific province report, please email us.
Phase One of the research study is available to read here.
The NSERC CWSE National Network National Conference Grant is administered by the NSERC CWSE Chairs. Applications for funding are accepted three times per year. Applications may be submitted by individual students, professors, professionals outside of academia or organizations during the intake periods. All received applications will be reviewed for consideration.
Intake periods are:
Winter: February 1 to February 15
Summer: May 1 to May 15
Fall: September 1 to September 15
Engineers Canada is working to increase the representation of women within the engineering field through its 30 by 30 initiative. This initiative has a goal of raising the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30 percent by the year 2030.
Thirty per cent is universally held as the tipping point for sustainable change–reaching 30 by 30 will help drive the shift in the overall membership of the engineering profession as more and more women continue to enter the profession. This initiative began in 2014, new numbers from 2016 show a slight national increase but there is still much work to be done.
Click here for more information on the initiative and on the new data.
Is promoting science your passion? Apply for an NSERC PromoScience Grant! The application deadline is September 15, 2017.
NSERC invites applications that promote the natural sciences and engineering to Canada’s young people, particularly to groups such as girls and Aboriginal peoples that are under-represented in scientific and engineering careers. Grants may be used to cover improvements to program content or delivery, as well as for new programs and activities.
To learn more, visit their website.