International Day of Women & Girls in Science Forum
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When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Where: United States

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AWIS National Governing Board President, Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, will speak at the International Day of Women & Girls in Science Forum on February 12, 2019, at the United Nations in New York City.


“Investment in Women in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”
11 - 12 February 2019
United Nations Headquarters - New York City


10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
High-Level Panel on:
 Investment in Science Education for Shaping Society’s Future

Scientists contribute greatly to the economic health and wealth of a nation. 
However, worldwide, the levels of participation in science and technology in 
school and in post-school education have fallen short of the expectations of 
policy-makers and the needs of business, industry, or government.

The continuing concern to find the reasons why young people decide not to 
study science and technology is a critical one if we are to solve the underlying 
problem.  Furthermore, while science and technology play key roles in today’s 
global economy and leveling the playing field among various demographics, 
young people particularly girls are turning away from science subjects. Clearly, 
raising interest in science among young people is necessary for increasing the 
number of future science professionals, as well as, providing opportunities for 
all citizens of all countries to understand and use science in their daily lives.

To achieve sustainable development throughout the world, education policy 
makers need to allocate high priority and considerable resources to the 
teaching of science and technology in a manner that allows students to learn 
science in a way that is practiced and experienced in the real world by real 
scientists and engineers. Furthermore, to accomplish this goal, sustained 
support is needed to increase and improve teacher training and professional 
learning for STEM educators. By meeting these two needs, we can better 
accomplish the ultimate aim which is to educate the scientists, technologists, 
technicians, and leaders on whom future economic development is perceived to 
depend over a sustained period of time.

In line with the 2019 High-Level Political Forum, this session will discuss

  • SDG 4 with special focus on Science Education.
  • Reforming the science curriculum to promote learning science the way it 
    is practiced and experienced in the real world by real scientists and 
  • Providing quality and prepared teachers for every child to include 
    increasing the number of women and other underrepresented 
    demographic role models for students.
  • Considering how science education provides us with a scientifically 
    adept society, one ready to understand, critique and mold the future of 
    research, as well as, serving as an integral part of feeding into the 
    pipeline for future scientists.
  • Identifying factors influencing participation in science, engineering and 
    technology as underrepresented populations including young girls make 
    the transition from school to higher education

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