The report of how science is shaping our futures is reported here: British Science Association Birmingham September 2014
For the Article please go to http://www.theguardian.com/world/she-said/2014/sep/26/having-a-princess-party-wont-put-girls-off-science
The season of GCSE and A level results has again confirmed the need to inspire girls to consider STEM subjects at school. Skirting Science is aimed to do just that – the numbers speak for themselves. Whilst statistics show girls are gaining on the boys at GCSE level, at A level the numbers diverge. Physics, Engineering and Design and Technology appear to be less popular with girl students. This gender related issue is covered in a CaSE review published in May 2014 which provides some insight to this on-going problem: http://www.sciencecampaign.org.uk/CaSEDiversityinSTEMreport2014.pdf
Further ideas about engaging students at school in Physics is discussed at www.stimulatingphysics.org.
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2014
“I am not a scientist. But as a politician I am positively evangelical about the power of science to improve and enrich our lives and to sustain our economy”
Copenhagen, 24 June 2014
Minister Nielsen, ladies and gentlemen,
I am delighted to be here. It is nearly two years since I addressed the ESOF Conference in Dublin.
That speech came at precisely the half-way point of my five-year mandate as European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.
Speaking then to the ESOF plenary gave me a chance to articulate my very firm belief in science as the basis for better lives and a better economy.
I also talked about the European Commission’s plans to reform how we finance research and innovation and the need to invest more in the best science even with severe pressure on the EU budget.
And I spoke about putting research at the heart of EU policy-making.
Two years on, I believe that we have delivered on that agenda, with the biggest achievement being Horizon 2020, which will invest nearly 80 billion Euro in research and innovation between now and 2020.
This is my second year as club president and my second chance to sing the praises of my amazing club members, and in particular the dedicated few who make up the Skirting Science 2014 Committee. These few women have completely organised and orchestrated this very popular annual event, which has already given quite a few hundred girls the opportunity to have a taste of a science based career. I am writing this with 3 days to go until our Skirting Science 2014 and I know that because of the total commitment, hard work and sense of purpose my club members have this will be another exceptionally successful day.
Sue Kelly President Soroptimist International Weston super Mare
In an effort to try and inspire young students into STEM based careers yet another new initiative is being launched today. The message is clearly being stated that this, an industry led project, is to help counteract the skills shortages mainly in STEM based career opportunities. This echoes the objectives of the Skirting Science project which is now in its 6th year , and which has proved so successful that the places available to schools in Somerset for this annual event are oversubscribed. Skirting Science is run by a group from Soroptimist International of Weston super Mare, an organisation which aims to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls worldwide.