Information for a Choice: Empowering Young Women Through Learning for Technical Professions and Science Careers

Project Details

Financing body

Commission of the European Communities


Women are underrepresented in the field of Science and Technology. Available statistics from the European Union show that women today represent less than 30% of graduates in ICT programmes and hold fewer high-level academic positions than their male counterparts. Two significant underlying causes for female exclusion in the field of SET are the pre-existing stereotypes that reinforce male dominance in the workplace and secondly the lack or limited information of role models, who can provide accurate information about career paths and obstacles faced.

The partnership seeks to address the issue of 'choice' and low female participation in SET. Our target group is young women in their high school years, in the process of selecting a degree and career path. The project will focus on providing accurate information and present role models who can function as mentors to those young women through the creation of an IT information system, which will enable access to young women across Greece and other EU countries but also ensure sustainable results since it will be linked to the Planning Department.

Studies conducted by each participating country will select documentation on status-quo of women represented in SET, collect best practices and past projects experiences and present a comparative analysis.

Furthermore the designed and developed IT information system will be used as a tool for internal and external dissemination and as the mean through which Role Model cases will be projected to the particular target group. Transnational partner meetings will facilitate exchange of information and progress of the project. The website will facilitate communication and dissemination of results for the project's life cycle. Finally, a policy paper will utilize the surveys and workshops' outputs providing instrumental guidance for policy improvements, encouraging female participation and continuing employment in SET careers.
Effective start/end date1/10/0630/09/08

Collaborative partners

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business (lead)
  • EKEPIS (Project partner)
  • IMC - Information Multimedia Communication AG (Project partner)
  • Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (Project partner)
  • Noorderpoortcollege (Project partner)
  • Universität Halmstad (Project partner)
  • ZSI - Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (Project partner)

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (OEFOS)

  • 504
  • 503006 Educational research
  • 504005 Educational sociology
  • 504028 Sociology of technology