STEM Education for Innovation - Women in the Forefront

International conference on STEM and the role of women in innovative development.

For two days (May 31 and June 1) Copernicus Science Centre changed itself in a big STEM congress. The international team talked about wise, beautiful and important things, about the great power to change reality and to solve problems. Because, as a winner of the STEM Visionary Award, Steven Zipkes said in the opening speech - "STEM changes the world."

The main objective of the "STEM Education for Innovation" conference was to develop solutions for accelerating the development of Polish civilization through better teaching of STEM and more efficient development of careers in science and engineering.

Recording of the entire conference 2016

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We debated the value of education and professional activity in the area of science and technology with speakers and panelists from 15 countries. About contact with the academic world and the world of high-tech industry, about innovation, about science and technology start-ups, human creativity and the value of STEM for building a good, competent, prosperous and harmonious society, capable of solving the challenges of the present and to continue  wise development.   

An important theme of the conference was to challenge the full potential of women in the STEM. Hence the postscript in the title: "Women in the forefront". Wojciech Kaczmarczyk, the Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society and Equal Treatment opening the event pointed out that equality legislation must be converted into a reality of equality.

An important step on this road was the Round Table for STEM - partnership initiative of individuals and institutions interested in the popularization of science and technical sciences, creative rapprochement between the world of universities and technology business and to support the potential of women in science, technology and innovative business start ups. It was attended by, among others, rectors of the best Polish technical universities, heads of 15 technology companies, media representatives and NGO's. They presented initiatives promoting STEM, such as inspirational Camp for Girls in ICT, a European ranking of engineering faculties, and Start4Stars program - partner placements for students of technology universities in the best high-tech companies. The hosts of the Round Table were the Education Foundation Perspektywy and Siemens.

 

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- Such meetings on STEM and the role of women in this field in Poland had not yet happened- says Dr. Bianka Siwińska, managing director of the Education Foundation Perspektywy - This conference will be a step further. These are not easy steps, but to paraphrase the US President John F. Kennedy, we are on a mission to the moon,

"We choose to take steps to boost STEM area in Poland, in Europe and around the world, not because this is easy, but because it is hard and very important."

Because Education Foundation Perspektywy has been interested in only wise and important issues for 20 years.

 

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fot. Krzysztof Wojciewski i Krzysztof Ciemny

Day 1

Opening Ceremony

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1st day Keynote speech

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1st Plenary Session

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2nd Plenary Session

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3rd Plenary Session

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4th Plenary Session

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Special guests

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Kick-off meeting of the "Lean in STEM" Mentoring Program

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Perspektywy STEM Schools’ Ranking (Poland)

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"Roundtable for STEM"

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#Mamy Głos

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STEM - RISING STARS SPACE

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STEM Fun4Kids Corner

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Lean in STEM evening

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Day 2

2nd day Keynote speech

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5th Plenary Session

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6th Plenary Session

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Closing remarks

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STEM Educators in action

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Wokół konferencji

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