The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Deusto is committed to the problem of young people’s lack of interest in technology, particularly girls. Forecasts suggest that by 2025, 7 million people with STEM professional profiles (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) will be needed only in Europe. This could be a problem considering that women make up the 51.1 % of EU’s population (EUROSTAT 2017), that the presence of women in these areas is quite small and that the trend does not seem to reverse. Among the many factors that inhibit female technological vocations there are: the lack of knowledge about these professions, gender stereotypes or the invisibility of women throughout history. Linked to this, there is the lack of referrals from women working in technological areas. This is, precisely, the focus of Deusto’s MujerTekSpace project.
Aware that the loss of women talent in STEM is a process of multiple phases and moments, Deusto has launched, within the WomenTekSpace project, several initiatives targeting different audiences and ages: an exhibition on important women technologists throughout history, the INSPIRA project, and the Ada Byron Award to Women Technologist. The first two projects have been identified in the list of the Casio website under the title 10 Spanish reference cases supporting women´s scientific work.
More info at: http://deusto.es/cs/Satellite/deustoresearch/es/inicio/plataformas-interdisciplinares-de-investigacion/deusto-gender/mas-noticias-1/arranca-la-segunda-edicion-del-proyecto-inspira-para-el-fomento-de-las-vocaciones-tecnologicas-entre-las-ninas-0/noticia