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In order to acheive full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adoped Sunday 11 February 2018 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

get involved

To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the University of Oxford are hoping to put together a video to inspire and encourage the next generation of women and girls in science, to be shared widely across social media on the day, and a Medium piece to accompany, featuring the women in the video.

Anyone who identifies as female, staff or student, and who is interested, can submit a very short, self-recorded video to via WeTransfer, stating something along the lines of:

  • Why we need women and girls in science
  • Words of encouragment
  • Words of inspiration 

This will then be made into a longer video to be published on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and (if there are enough submissions) hosted on the University's YouTube channel. For the Medium piece, submit the following:

  • A word document containing name, details, and short paragraph of encouragement/inspiration

funding opportunities for women in science

L'Oréal-UNESCO_For_Women_in_Science.jpgL'Oreal/UNESCO/Royal Society: The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science

The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science were launched in January 2007. The Fellowships are awards offered by a partnership between L'Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society. Four fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers. Each worth £15,000, the Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university/research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life or physical sciences.

The fellowships have been designed to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields. For example, winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, travel costs or indeed what ever they may need to continue their research.

Another important part of the fellowship programme is the support, training and networking opportunities that it provides. Fellows make valuable friendships and connections that can lead to interesting collaborations, publications and wider appreciation of their work.

Closing date is 16th February 2018.

public engagement opportunities for women in science

SOAPBOX SCIENCE INVITE 2012 (3).jpgSoapbox Science comes to Oxford

Soapbox Science is a great event aimed at inspiring more young women to enter STEM subjects, whilst also giving female scientists a platform to share their science with the public. The closing date for applications is at the end of February.

Find out more about Soapbox Science