(originally posted in Spokes #32)

Friday, 29 September is Researchers’ Night, a yearly pan-national event dedicated to science engagement. In more than 30 countries, events will showcase researchers’ contributions to society and promote scientific careers to young people and their parents. This year, visitors to science centres and museums that are partners in the Hypatia project will experience activities focused on gender-inclusive ways of communicating STEM.

Aimed at teenagers, these innovative activities consider a broad spectrum of learners and allow for, and even encourage, a diversity of ways of ‘doing gender’ within science. The workshops, speed dating, card games and debate scenarios empower teenagers and explore the range of skills that are needed for the great variety of STEM studies and careers open to them.

By bringing the activities to the Researchers’ Nights, Hypatia’s science centres and museums demonstrate how to tackle gender outside targeted events, and facilitate the culture of gender inclusion to become pervasive in the various contexts where science is communicated.

The activities are available to download and can be freely used in Researchers’ Night events in different types of locations: science centres and museums, industry and research institutions, and schools.

To learn more about the events on offer this September, visit our News & Events section.