Let’s Talk: What puts girls off STEM?

  • Date: 7 March 2019
  • Time: 18:00 to 20:00
  • Where: (Germany)

Address: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Feldbrunnenstraße 58, 20148 Hamburg

Just ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will host its next Hamburg Education Talk, ‘Let’s Talk: What puts girls off STEM?’, on Thursday, 7 March, from 18:00 to 20:00. The series of talks aims to stimulate dialogue on current educational topics.

Despite the progress achieved towards gender parity in education around the world, inequalities persist in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and, consequently, STEM careers. According to a 2018 study from the German Federal Employment Agency,[1] 46 per cent of the country’s students are female, and yet they account for just 28.9 per cent of students enrolled in STEM-related courses. Moreover, the number of women in STEM careers in Germany has only risen from 14.4 per cent in 2013 to 15.2 per cent in 2017.

What factors influence this imbalance? What information do girls in Germany receive, directly or indirectly, that discourages them from engaging in STEM? How does this compare with the rest of the world? How can an increase in female participation in STEM impact progress in the field? These are just some of the questions that will be used in order to shed light on the causes of the gender gap in STEM education and workforce.

The panel, which includes expert perspectives as well as first-hand accounts from women working in STEM and in employment agencies in Germany, will include:

  • Ms Samah Shalaby, Gender Focal Point, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
  • Ms Jovana Vranic, HR Manager Technical Recruiting, Xing
  • Ms Merle Zadeh, Founder of June Architects 
  • Prof. Timm-Giel, Vicepresident, Hamburg University of Technology

Hamburg Education Talks is a new event series organized by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). Each talk is an opportunity for the Hamburg public to engage in a different topic related to education. As an international educational institute, UIL places particular emphasis on providing both local and global perspectives. During each debate, experts from the Hamburg area and UIL staff will share their insights and perspectives and engage with the audience.

The debate is followed by a get together and individual discussions.

We looking forward to welcoming you to our premises, the Ballin-Villa (Feldbrunnenstraße 58, Hamburg), and appreciate pre-registration (uil-lib@unesco.org) to the event.

[1] German Federal Employment Agency. 2018. Statistik der Bundesagentur für Arbeit. Berichte: Blickpunkt Arbeitsmarkt - MINT – Berufe, Nürnberg. Nürnberg, German Federal Employment Agency. Available at: https://statistik.arbeitsagentur.de/Statischer-Content/Arbeitsmarktberichte/Berufe/generische-Publikationen/Broschuere-MINT.pdf [Accessed 14 February 2019].


  • Language of event: English

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