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National Seminar on ‘Women Leadership in S&T’

National Seminar on ‘Women Leadership in S&T’ on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017 organised by Vigyan Prasar in association with Department of Biotechnology

Vigyan Prasar in collaboration with Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is organizing a two-day national seminar on Women Leadership in Science & Technology: Opportunities & Challenges; on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017.

Conceived in the wake of the declaration of February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the seminar will witness, discussions on opportunities and challenges for professionally qualified women scientists to contribute to the landscape of insights on this area. The seminar will dedicate its efforts to the spirit of excellence demonstrated by women in science, technology and biotechnology.

The UN statement for International Women’s day states that equal participation of women and girls in the fields of science is a critical right and a means by which women can achieve their aspirations in life.

In the seminar, qualified women scientists, entrepreneurs and other professionals engaged in S&T will deliberate on ways to ensure equal participation of women by creating an enabling environment for women, promoting their leadership in S&T and reaching out the benefits of S&T for improving the quality of life of women. They will also highlight opportunities and challenges they faced in their career and also gender specific issues in science.
The seminar on 8th & 9th of March, 2017 at INSA will be attended by young scientists, researchers, college students and other stakeholders.

The areas of discussions during the seminar would be as follows:-

1. Opportunities and Challenges in Science and Technology in Research and Academics: Academic and Research areas offer a fertile ground for opportunities for women in science. At the same time there are several challenges they face. Women also bring a unique perspective to the sector. The session will deliberate on these issues.

2. Opportunities and Challenges in Science and Technology in Start-ups and Entrepreneurship: Start-ups and entrepreneurship offer newer challenges and opportunities for women. These need a country / area / sector / specific perspective consolidation.

3. Science and Media Advocacy: The last decade has seen a rise in science communication, media and advocacy. They offer flexible career opportunities for women and represent a robust facet of science advocacy. Deliberations in this session will reflect on issues faced by women in science media, advocacy and engaging with civil societies in S&T in promoting informed S&T choices.

4. Gender Aspects in Science Policy: Science & Technology policy in India needs mainstream gender and address specific issues. This needs more active participation of women in policy framing.

5. Improving the Quality of lives of Women through S&T Science and Technology has made huge contributions in improving the lives of people. These would be duly highlighted.