Symposium 8.1

  A GLOBAL SURVEY ON GENDER GAP IN MATHEMATICAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES

Organisers

Natalia TARASOVA (IUPAC Past-President, U-Mendeleev, Moscow, RU)

Mei-Hung CHIU (IUPAC CCE, National Taiwan Normal University, TW)

Speakers  

  •   KN: Mei-Hung CHIU, Dr., IUPAC, Committee on Chemistry Education, NTNU, TW.

  •   IL1:  Gillian BUTCHER, Dr., WG5: Women in physics, IUPAP 

  •   IL2: Nathalie FOMPROIX, Dr., International Union of Biological Sciences 

  •   IL3: Ernesto FERNANDEZ-POLCUCH, Chair, SPP-UNESCO, Paris, FR. 

Moderator 

Nicole Moreau, IUPAC former President, ISC, Paris, FR

Format: 1 session (3 hours), Invited Lectures and discussion symposium, no contribution (CL) from Congress attendees.

 

The purpose of this symposium is to discuss issues relating to the long term inequities of female scientists and girls in the scientific fields across the world, especially in developing countries. A joint project on global survey on gender gap in mathematical and natural sciences was granted by ICSU and supported by several international scientific unions (e.g., IMU, IUPAC, & IUPAP). Some preliminary data from the global survey on gender gaps in mathematical and natural sciences will be presented to show the most current perceptions of female scientists in their fields and girls in educational systems collected from different countries. Comparisons across regions and cultures, less and more highly developed countries, and across different disciplines will be conducted and reported. Recommendations for practical policies and actions that have the potential of reducing the gender gap will be proposed for policy makers, school administrators and teachers, researchers, and parents to consider as they face the challenges of gender inequality in different science domains and school systems.