The global scarcity of talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) industries is a serious challenge. At the same time, approximately 80% of the tech workforce is male. If more women were attracted to working in tech, the talent pool would widen and approaches and solutions to problems would likely be more diverse. Widening the pool begins not only with looking at recruitment but also at educational institutions.
At this Meetup we look into the challenges of making STEM education and careers more attractive to women. We invite young people, educational institutions, tech start-ups, researchers, and everyone else to join us for this highly needed discussion!
Your Host and Speakers
Host Lia Leffland is Managing Director in ATV – the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences – a member-driven think tank that aims to strengthen the collaboration between business and research. ATV has a vision on Denmark to become one of top-five Science & Engineering regions in the world – to the benefit of future generations. Lia has 20+ years of experience in the field of Danish higher education, innovation and research policy and stakeholder involvement.
Director Conni Simonsen is the Head of the Engineering Department at Aarhus University. The University has developed new ways of communication aimed for potential new female students. Conni have a broad leadership-experience from both industry – Ericsson and Grundfos and Universities – DTU and Aarhus University.
Professor Brit Ross Winthereik, IT University of Copenhagen, Dept of BusinessIT. Brit is trained in anthropology and Science and Technology Studies. At the IT University she nurtures her interest in technology’s impact on organisations and human society more generally. She is also concerned with data justice, ethics and infrastructural capacities for all citizens. She is the co-founder of the Danish Association of Science and Technology Studies and of the ETHOS Lab at ITU, which specialises in situated ethnographic work on infrastructures and data visualisations.
Annette Stausholm, GTS Nordic Security, Regulatory and Risk Management, IBM Danmark. She has more than 20 years of management experience in IBM at country, Nordic and European levels. In Annette’s current role, she leads teams and projects with focus on GDPR, security posture of services engagements and compliance with regulations, and for the past 8 years she has served on the board of the IT University in Denmark.
Eva Fog has founded DigiPippi, an NGO striving to change the gender balance in IT and technology starting with girls ages 7 through 13 years old. Through female role models in tech, DigiPippi kindles an interest with the girls in workshops, school courses and events. With a diverse background a self-taught techy and an education as a Waldorf pedagogue, Eva Fog works tirelessly as an educator, expert, consultant and keynote speaker on all things children, gender equality and technology. A part she was awarded Role Model of the Year 2018 for.