Text Box: HELENA International Conference
Les Cordeliers, Conference Centre of the Paris University 
Paris (France) –June 23-24th, 2011

Gender and Interdisciplinary Education for Engineers -  GIEE 2011

Call for papers

 Attracting more young people, particularly women, in Engineering and Technology (ET) is a major concern in Europe today. Their participation in engineering occupations appears to be a key-issue for European economic and technical development, as well as a central achievement towards gender equality and social justice. Increasing young people interest in the sciences and mathematics and underlining the importance of Engineering and Technology developments in shaping our collective future is an ongoing project in the education sector. In higher education in Europe, women are overrepresented in the humanities, education, arts, health, welfare, agriculture or veterinary studies, while men opt for science, mathematics and computing. If we look more closely at engineering, manufacturing and construction, 18.5% of males graduate in this area, compared to 6.9% of women.

Two factors may explain these differences of choices:

1. It seems that the attractiveness of ET sectors differs from males to females because of its gendered representation, which is a masculine one.

2. The lack of interdisciplinary content in ET curricula may act as a foil to potential SET students, both men and women.


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