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All over the world, economies are facing a labour shortage and lack of graduates in the so-called STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) – disciplines which are essential in addressing a number challenges the world is facing today. At the same time, there has long been a considerable gender gap in the STEM work force and in universities teaching STEM subjects. Several questions therefore arise: what can we as societies do to bring more women and girls into science and technology, which perspectives might we be missing when building the technologies of tomorrow, and what can be learnt from current best practices all over the world?

To mark the week of this year’s International Women’s Day, the diplomatic missions of Canada, France, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom – in partnership with the Austrian Academy of Science and Women in AI – have the pleasure to invite you to an expert panel discussion on women breaking the frontiers in science. High-level panellists will bring a global perspective on the question of recruiting more women into the STEM disciplines.

During our morning session, a number of distinguished scientists and role-models will share experiences from their respective fields. This will be followed by a policy discussion that aims to shine a light on where we are and what can be done to address the problem.

The event will be held in English, will last approximately 2 hours and will be followed by an opportunity for networking over a buffet lunch.

Secure your seat today by clicking on „reserve a spot“.

  • When: Wednesday, 6th of March 2023, 10:00am-13:30pm.
  • Where: , Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, Austrian Academy of Sciences/ÖAW-Campus, Bäckerstraße 13, 1010 Vienna (or online using the Zoom link below).
  • Who: A full list of panellists will be shared soon but confirmed speakers include:

Saniye Gulser Corat (Canada) – Founder of No Bias AI? and former Director for Gender Equality at UNESCO (2004-2020).

Maria Teresa Ferretti (Italy) – Brain Research Neuroscientist, specialized in Alzheimer disease and gender medicine, now at Syntropic Medical.

Sara Dalledonne (Italy) – Research Fellow with the lead on regulatory affairs at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI).

Doris Hofmeister (Austria) – Partner and Director at Swedish executive search company Mercuri Urval, member of the management programme Zukunft.Frauen.

Angelique Sanchez (France) – Gender Officer, Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Maureen Clerc (France) – Director of the Inria Centre at Université Côte d’Azur, specialized in numerical models in bioelectromagnetism, signal processing, brain computer interface.

Judy Wajcman (UK) – Principal Investigator of the Women in Data Science and AI project at The Alan Turing Institute, United Kingdom, and Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.


The event will also be streamed online. You can view it using the following link (no need to reserve a seat):

ID of the meeting: 818 4091 3288

Code : 855029