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Encouraging Girls to Study Geosciences and Engineering

The ENGIE project aims to turn the interest of girls to study geosciences and geo-engineering, and thus to improve the gender balance in the fields of these disciplines. The project will develop an awareness-raising strategy and create a stakeholder collaboration network for the implementation of a set of actions in more than 20 EU countries. The project envisions attracting more young women to the raw materials related scientific and engineering sectors.

ENGIE is three-year-long,  EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) funded project, coordinated by the University of Miskolc.

The Mission

  • Raising interest

    Raise the interest of young girls to study geosciences and geo-engineering

    The project ‘ENGIE – Encouraging Girls to Study Geosciences and Engineering’ aims to turn the interest of 13-18 years old girls to study geosciences and related engineering disciplines. As career decisions are made generally in this period of life, the project expectedly will improve the gender balance in the fields of these disciplines.

  • Gender balance

    To improve the gender balance in the fields of these disciplines

    The overall gender pattern in geosciences, especially in the mineral exploration and extraction sectors is definitely imbalanced. It is characterised, more or less, by men and stable male stereotypes in almost all parts of the business clusters, in society and professional communities as well as in education and research. However, studies confirm that diverse teams are more creative and innovative.

  • Awareness-raising

    Support awareness-raising activities in 22 European countries

    An awareness-raising strategy will be developed and an international stakeholder collaboration network will be established. These actions include family science events, outdoor programmes, school science clubs, mine visits, mentoring programmes, international student conferences, publication and awarding opportunities, summer courses to science teachers and production of educational materials.

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