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Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Technology continues to dominate much of our daily lives, but where is the successor of Marie Curie? The famous chemist and physicist, the first person to be awarded two Nobel prizes. She made many discoveries in radioactivity and for the research and treatment of cancer they were breakthrough discoveries.The STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—have always had a women problem, but remarkably not equally strong in all countries. Whilst the female participation in countries like Romania and Estonia is around 40%, it is lagging far more behind in some other countries with The Netherlands at the ultimate bottom, showing only a female participation of 18% in the industry and 7% in the STEM fields of VET.Many countries, among them The Netherlands, have launched several initiatives in the past to increase the participation, but generally with very disappointing results.But why does it work in some countries and not in others?As a result of an initiative from the Dutch Government a ‘think-tank Gender ’ has been installed to advise the Minister on efficient measures, that will increase the female participation in technical programs. The think-tank now in its turn gave the advice to investigate and study the policy in those countries where the participation degree is far higher as potential Good Practices.The Dutch Technology Pact 2020, a joint initiative of central government and labour market and education, aims to acquire more female students choosing to study (and work) in the field of technology. It is one of the central measures in the pact.The MBO Raad, as Association of the VET colleges, in close collaboration with Technology Pact and INNOTECS (the European network of schools with STEM programs) wants to take the lead in a project about the exchange of successful strategies in order to increase the female participation in STEM and thus exploiting the full potential of talents and contributing to a better match between the demands of the labour market and the skills at offer. Main features of the project are:- Peer learning- gathering of a set of instruments and tools to improve the participation of female students in STEM areas.
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