International Symposium

SAVE THE DATE: October 1st, 2018

"International Symposium on Human Rights and Equality in STEM Education"

Symposium details:

Is access to science (still) limited?

In the last decades, various efforts have been made to investigate and reduce the lack of diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in order to establish equal access to science. By applying the human rights approach, questions arise whether STEM education at primary, secondary and post-secondary levels is equally accessible to everyone. Particularly, the Sustainable Development Goals passed by the UN in 2015, focus on the necessity of science education as a right to be promoted: Is the access to all forms of STEM (still) limited or open to all? What barriers and social mechanisms are still limiting the access to STEM? How can gender and diversity approaches be implemented in order to achieve inclusive and non-discriminatory scientific research and STEM education?

To address these questions critically and from different perspectives, the symposium gathers international scholars from various disciplines such as STEM education, educational research, human rights, as well as gender and diversity studies. The symposium will be accompanied by workshops on gender and diversity mentoring in higher education.


The project PROMISE (Promotion of Migrants in Science Education; 2005-2007) aimed at analysing barriers which hamper the access to STEM intersectionally, especially for female students and migrants. The project established a cooperation between migrants’ countries of origin and countries of residence. Club Lise was developed in the framework of PROMISE as a mentoring program for female students and, thanks to the support of, still remains active after 13 years. Amongst other aims, the symposium focuses on continuing and expanding the human rights approach to STEM education.