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United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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The United Nations (UN) is celebrating its designated International Day of Women and Girls in Science today.

11th February was declared by the United Nations General Assembly as International Day Women and Girls in Science to highlight female achievement, equal access and participation in the science field.

A forum is taking place today at the United Nations Headquarters by The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and DESA-DSPD to mark the day.

ScienceGrrl is running a campaign today, which invites people to name your favourite scientist, via a free printable poster (here) provided by the Institute of Physics.

ScienceGrrl is a grassroots organisation celebrating and supporting women in science and it is encouraging people to print the poster, write their favourite scientist on it and take a selfie with it in your office, at home, at schools, college or university or in your lab.

You can Tweet it to @science_grrl using #womeninSTEM or share it to their Facebook page.

Fiona Jackson, Head of Strategic Resourcing, EDF Energy, said: “It’s fantastic to see initiatives such as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science making such a strong case to encourage women and girls to pursue STEM subjects and careers. Unfortunately, there is still a massive skills shortage in these industries, which will only increase in the future unless decisive action is taken now. For example, across the UK only 4% of engineering apprentices are female, while the UK has an annual shortfall of 55,000 people with engineering skills.”

“As an industry, we need to work together to encourage young women to pursue the study of and careers in STEM subjects. EDF Energy’s #PrettyCurious campaign aims to do just this, by showing girls that there are inspiring female role models working in these areas doing exciting and unique things as well as providing a programme of events in cities across the UK to stimulate their interest and give them relevant hands-on experience.”

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