Diversity in STM

The future of science requires a robust and diverse workforce drawn from all corners of society. Encouraging STM careers among young people from communities that have severely limited educational resources and few professional role models is a particular challenge. To address this, we have expanded our focus on advancing women in science to include new partnerships helping under-served youth receive greater exposure to science and health education in Amsterdam, London and New York.

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In Amsterdam, the IMC Weekend School works to foster the future of science and help underserved children get greater exposure to science and health education – both encouraging STM careers and promoting positive professional role models.

Imperial College London’s “White City Maker Challenge” offers kids from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to enhance soft skills and engage with cutting-edge science, engineering and design through workshops, afterschool and mentoring.

The New York Academy of Sciences’ “After-School STEM Mentoring Program” is designed to reach the city’s most underserved children, training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to mentor 8 -14 year olds.

Advancing Women in Science

Since 2012 the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World recognize the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Portia and the Elsevier Foundation work together to promote the understanding and adoption of gender-sensitive approaches, and advance sex-gender sensitive research, innovation and development through Gender Summits.

GenderInSITE is an initiative to promote the role of women in science, innovation, technology and engineering, and to demonstrate how applying a gender lens can provide deeper insights, more effective programs and more sustainable outcomes in the context of development.


Diversity in STM News

How Gender Summits have shaped Elsevier’s role in the research community

June 20th, 2018

Elsevier CEO Ron Mobed talks about the importance of gender diversity in science Diversity in research leads to better science. Better […]

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This scientist has made a career of confronting failures

March 9th, 2018

As an environmental researcher, Dr. Dawn Fox of Guyana finds ways to turn “trash into treasure” – literally and figuratively […]

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These are the 2018 winners of the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. Learn more about them here – and meet them at AAAS.

Elsevier at #AAASmtg: live updates with Women in Science winners

February 23rd, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas — They’ve journeyed halfway around the globe to world’s largest science conference, and now – jet lag aside – […]

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Five women scientists in developing countries win 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards

February 15th, 2018

  Early-career researchers living and working in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ecuador, Guyana, and Indonesia have been recognized for their work in […]

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Makerspace creates tech opportunities for young people

December 18th, 2017

A bag to prevent backpain. A speaker that cools your drinks. A drone that delivers emergency supplies. Trainers that play […]

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NPR features Elsevier Foundation winner as world’s most “unstoppable scientist”

June 23rd, 2017

Dr. Eqbal Dauqan became a refugee after winning the 2014 Elsevier Foundation Award for Women Scientists in the Developing World […]

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In higher ed, it’s not enough to “fix the numbers” of women in STEM

June 20th, 2017

GenderInSITE-Elsevier Foundation workshop explored the challenges of integrating the gender dimension into STEM higher education In most countries, women are […]

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Nominations open for OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women Scientists in the Developing World

June 20th, 2017

Submissions for excellence in physical sciences research are being accepted through September 15 Now, nominations are open for the 2018 […]

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Asia-Pacific Gender Summit aims to boost innovation in research through diversity

June 12th, 2017

Tokyo event brought together 600 people from industry, academia and government to advance gender equality in science and society ©Portia […]

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Imperial College London designs an invention space for disadvantaged teens

April 25th, 2017

The Elsevier Foundation partners with Imperial to support a high-tech makerspace next to the college Makers in action: Students build […]

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