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 has received a grant to foster the future of science and to help underserved children from 10-14 get greater exposure to science and health education, the Elsevier Foundation will donate $100,000 over four years to IMC Weekend School. The grant supports weekend enrichment modules that not only encourage STM careers among youth from communities that have severely limited educational resources – but also promote positive professional role models.

Children at Imperial College London

In London, the Foundation will support the launch of Imperial College London’s “White City Maker Challenge” program offering 14-18 year olds from one of London’s most disadvantaged urban communities the opportunity to enhance soft skills and engage with cutting-edge science, engineering and design through workshops, afterschool clubs, mentoring and project team.

In the US, the Foundation will support the New York Academy of Sciences’ (NYAS) highly successful After-School STEM Mentoring Program, a partnership with the Youth and Community Services Department of the City of New York designed to reach the city’s most underserved children. Inspiring more than 1,300 Middle School students each year, the After School Program trains graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to mentor 8 -14 year olds. With funding from the Elsevier Foundation, the NYAS will expand their program into the geographically isolated neighborhoods of New York City.

Advancing Women in Science

Since 2012 the 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. The program is run by TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and the Elsevier Foundation.

Portia/Gender Summit and The Elsevier Foundation developed a 3-year strategic partnership to promote the understanding and adoption of gender-sensitive approaches, and advance sex-gender sensitive research, innovation and development.

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


Diversity in STM News

What it means to be a woman in science in the developing world

March 20th, 2017

Five women receive the annual OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World last month at the […]

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Women engineers to receive awards for innovative research in developing countries

February 22nd, 2017

Learn more about the Awards and how to participate on our dedicated page Finding a solution to a longstanding problem […]

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Imperial College London designs an invention space for disadvantaged teens

February 8th, 2017

For many teens, seeing a 3D printer build, layer by layer, the design they just completed on a nearby laptop […]

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Free online course: “Integrating gender into your scientific research”

January 4th, 2017

SciDev’s short course helps scientists maximize the quality and impact of their research Heart disease is now the leading killer […]

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Sustainability experts receive travel grants to provide training in developing countries

January 2nd, 2017

New Elsevier Foundation-TWAS program sends Visiting Experts to train researchers in sustainability science By 2030, we will live in a […]

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Children peering into their futures – this is rocket science

December 5th, 2016

Exploring science and health professions helps children in underprivileged neighborhoods expand possibilities Sumala Heinze still remembers the day she learned […]

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Elsevier Foundation supports IMC Weekend School as part of mission to build a diverse STEM workforce

November 15th, 2016

Immersing children in the world of science and medicine “Nurse, pass me the scissors please,” asks Aysha, 10 years old, […]

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Awards to honor women’s contributions to engineering, innovation and technology

June 22nd, 2016

Why are women’s innovations so important in the developing world? It is well known that women generally take fewer STEM […]

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Call open for 2017 Elsevier Foundation Award Nominations for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World

June 22nd, 2016

Nominations for excellence in research in the field of engineering and innovation accepted through September 1, 2016 Amsterdam, June 22, […]

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Translating life into science – 5 women tell their stories

March 10th, 2016

For the winners of the Elsevier Foundation Award, early experiences led them to research that would change lives There came […]

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