Indira Mann, SCCS Communications & Knowledge Exchange Executive
Our 15th anniversary year, 2020, drew to a close with a reassuring balance of men and women on the SCCS Directorate and a 50:50 split within the SCCS Team. Our Advisory Board has some way to go, but we’re working on it. Each of us brings our own knowledge, skills and perspectives to a shared goal: to take on the climate emergency and win.
I look forward to the time when we don’t have to recognise women in science who are worthy of note. By that I mean, when we have no need to dedicate one day out of 365 to sharing the scientific achievements of those who make up 50% of our planet’s population. When, throughout the year, we instead recognise people – regardless of gender, ethnicity or background – who have sought to make the world a better place through scientific endeavour.
According to the United Nations, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. Between 2014 and 2016, only around 30% of all female students chose to study *STEM-related subjects in higher education. And these enrolment figures among women students are stark: 5% for natural science, mathematics and statistics and 8% in engineering, manufacturing and construction.
So, until we reach equity, let’s celebrate progress already made and support the aims of today’s UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Since joining SCCS in 2013, I have had the good fortune to work with many inspiring women scientists from across our partner institutes and European projects – you can meet some of them here (see below).
These scientists at the cutting edge of CCS research come from different fields – such as geosciences, social sciences, engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry and the biological sciences – and are role models for the next generations of girls and women in STEM, who can realise their potential by following their hearts and minds.
*STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics