AWARENESS PROGRAM FOR GIRLS IN SCIENCE
For 19 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program has supported, recognized and rewarded the best female scientists on all continents at key moments in their careers.
Women make up only 3% of Scientific Nobel Prize Winners. In Canada, in 2011, women represented less than one in four (23%) workers in university-level scientific occupations*, compared with nearly two-thirds (65%) of workers in university-level non-scientific occupations.
To counteract this drop off of female students at a crucial moment when they make their career choices, the L’Oréal Foundation launched a new program in France, 2 years ago, called L’Oréal For Girls in Science, with the aim of improving the attractiveness of careers in the sciences and inspiring scientific vocation, especially in teenage girls.
The L’Oréal For Girls in Science program, to be launched in Canada in 2017, in collaboration with the UNESCO Associated Schools Network, focuses on two main pillars:
· Mobilizing grant-holders from the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science as well as female scientists working for L’Oréal Canada to lead sessions in UNESCO Associated Schools Network schools(grades 8 to 12);
· Building partnerships with organizations promoting girls in science and organising outreach activities:
- Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation: https://ingeniumcanada.org/
- Les Filles et les sciences, un duo électrisant : http://www.lesfillesetlessciences.ca/
- and Les Scientifines : http://www.scientifines.com/
* study by Statistics Canada: "Women in scientific occupations in Canada", 2011
1. THE MESSAGES DELIVERED TO STUDENTS
Each "ambassador" who leads a workshop will have followed a training program specifically designed for the project, and will be equipped with a communication kit made up of tools to be used during the session. These scientists will lead sessions as “science ambassadors". Their focus will be on sharing their passion about science and motivate youth through their inspiring science career paths.
During the hour-long session, the "science ambassadors" will lead an interactive discussion with the students around the following ideas:
The world needs science:
– Science is everywhere (not only in labs)
– Because it impacts on our daily lives: in critical areas, but also in creative and fun industries
Careers in science are fulfilling:
– A chance to see the great variety of scientific jobs (not only healthcare)
– Highlight the human and creative (fun) dimension, a source of personal fulfilment
– Emphasis on professional opportunities
Science is also for young women:
– Challenge stereotypes about women scientists (i.e.: discuss work / life balance,…)
– Inspire confidence in girls so they believe that they can achieve their goals
2. TOOLS SUPPLIED TO THE "AMBASSADORS":
- a PowerPoint presentation
- a “break the ice” video which highlights some of the key results of a vox pop study conducted by Opinionway with more than 5 000 Europeans in France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy about their perception of women scientists.
The For Girls in Science workshops will be offered in the 70 schools members of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network.
- FOR WHOM?
Girls and boys, grade 8 to 12.
- BY WHOM?
The workshops will be given by "L’Oréal For Girls in Science ambassadors" that were trained by the L’Oréal Foundation: some are researchers in the life sciences or material sciences fields who have received a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science grant, while others are female scientists (engineers, chemists, etc.) who work for L’Oréal Canada.
An hour-long session, in the presence of a teacher.
Equipment to be supplied by the school: projector with sound for projecting the PowerPoint file and the video (Quick Time, MP4 et/ou WMW formats).
Equipment supplied by the ambassador: laptop and tools required to lead the session
For Girls in Science Program manager at L’Oréal Canada:
Virginie Hotte-Dupuis | 514-287-4618 | [email protected]
Program Officer, Education, Canadian Commission for UNESCO:
Cassandre Pérusse | 613-566-4414 ext. 5567 | [email protected]