Information for a Choice: Empowering Young Women Through Learning for Technical Professions and Science Careers

Type Research Project

Funding Bodies

Duration Oct. 1, 2006 - Sept. 30, 2008


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  • Arztmann, Doris (Former researcher)
  • Eberherr, Helga (Details)
  • Hanappi-Egger, Edeltraud (Details) Project Head
  • John, Sara (Former researcher)

Abstract (German)

Frauen sind immer noch in naturwissenschaftlichen, ingenieurswissenschaftlichen und technischen (SET) Studiengängen unterrepräsentiert. Das Projekt IFAC: Information for a Choice: Empowering young Women through Learning for Technical Professions and Science Careers zielt darauf ab, diese niedrige Partizipationsrate von jungen Frauen zu erhöhen. Die Zielgruppe sind 16-18 jährige Frauen, die dabei sind einen Studiengang und eine berufliche Laufbahn zu wählen.
Durch akkuratere Informationen zur Studienwahl und durch die Präsentation von Role Models auf dem Informationsportal des Projekts erreichen Fakten zu technischen Studiengängen und nachahmenswerte Karrieren von erfolgreichen Frauen im SET-Bereich eine breitere Öffentlichkeit. Überdies tragen die Kooperationspartner aus verschiedenen EU-Ländern Projektergebnisse und Best Practice-Beispiele zur Partizipation von Frauen im SET-Bereich zusammen, und das Forschungsinstitut wertet dieses Material in einer transnationalen vergleichenden Analyse aus. Im Anschluss daran werden handlungsleitende Policy-Empfehlungen für eine höhere weibliche Beteiligungsrate im Bereich SET entwickelt.

Abstract (English)

Women are underrepresented in the field of Science and Technology. Available statistics from the European Union show that women today represent less than 30% of graduates in ICT programmes and hold fewer high-level academic positions than their male counterparts. Two significant underlying causes for female exclusion in the field of SET are the pre-existing stereotypes that reinforce male dominance in the workplace and secondly the lack or limited information of role models, who can provide accurate information about career paths and obstacles faced.

The partnership seeks to address the issue of 'choice' and low female participation in SET. Our target group is young women in their high school years, in the process of selecting a degree and career path. The project will focus on providing accurate information and present role models who can function as mentors to those young women through the creation of an IT information system, which will enable access to young women across Greece and other EU countries but also ensure sustainable results since it will be linked to the Planning Department.

Studies conducted by each participating country will select documentation on status-quo of women represented in SET, collect best practices and past projects experiences and present a comparative analysis.

Furthermore the designed and developed IT information system will be used as a tool for internal and external dissemination and as the mean through which Role Model cases will be projected to the particular target group. Transnational partner meetings will facilitate exchange of information and progress of the project. The website will facilitate communication and dissemination of results for the project's life cycle. Finally, a policy paper will utilize the surveys and workshops' outputs providing instrumental guidance for policy improvements, encouraging female participation and continuing employment in SET careers.


  • EKEPIS National Accreditation Centre for Continuing Vocational Training - Greece
  • IMC - Information Multimedia Communication AG - Germany
  • Kungl. Tekniska Högskolan Stockholm - Sweden
  • Noorderpoortcollege - Netherlands
  • University of Halmstad - Sweden
  • Centre for Social Innovation - Austria


Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2008 Hanappi-Egger, Edeltraud. 2008. Strategies and Policies Maximizing the Participation of Young Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. IFAC Workshop, Wien, Österreich, 17.1.-18.1.. (Details)
2007 Eberherr, Helga, John, Sara, Gritzner , Helga, Schwarz-Wölzl, Maria. 2007. Computer Science - Innovation in attracting young women. Successfull initiatives in Austria.. Second IFAC Workshop, KTH, Stockholm, Schweden, 18.06.-19.06.. (Details)

Magazine/newspaper article

2008 Arztmann, Doris, John, Sara. 2008. fFORTE: A Successfully Implemented Initiative in Austria. IFAC Newsletter 3&4, 15.01. (Details)
2007 Eberherr, Helga, John, Sara. 2007. Inspirations for young women choosing a successful career. IFAC Newsletter 1&2, 30.11. (Details)

Unpublished lecture

2006 John, Sara, Goisauf, Melanie, Schwarz-Wölzl, Maria. 2006. Where are the girls in the field of SET? Facts and Figures from Austria. IFAC Kick-off Meeting, Athen, Griechenland, 30.11. (Details)


  • 5403 Educational sociology (Details)
  • 5431 Sociology of technology (Details)
  • 5417 Women´s studies, Women´s issues (Details)
  • 5422 Feminist issues (Details)
  • 5805 Educational planning (Details)