The objectives of the implementation phase have been to adapt and roll out Hypatia activities into classrooms, science centres and museums, research institutions and industries across Europe. Furthermore the objective has been to establish a long-term practice of gender inclusion in STEM by making the Hypatia activities part of these institutions’ permanent provision across Europe. Through this work package the selected modules have been rolled out in all of the 14 partners’ countries. The partner institutions together with Hub leaders have implemented the adapted resources through their networks of schools, museums, research institutions and industry partners. The aim has been that this roll-out would give momentum to the activities so they would continue to be implemented also after the project has ended. We already know that partner institutions and Hub members are integrating modules into their existing programmes of events such as Gender Days, Career Days, Researchers Nights, Museum nights etc. and thereby reaching a broad audience of teenagers across Europe. When we were describing the expected impacts in the Hypatia proposal we wrote about the necessity of targeting different stakeholders that together affect the way girls and boys follow their career paths. This was the reason for involving a wide range of relevant stakeholders. From the very beginning we have addressed this importance and discussed and shared ideas within the Hypatia partner group at consortium meetings (live and via Skype) as to how to identify stakeholders, how to motivate and engage them and not the least how to continuously engage them to implement activities and integrate an element of gender equity and inclusion in STEM activities.
As stated in the Description of Work the activities used were to be adapted from existing good practices related to gender in STEM and then these activities would be implemented on a larger scale. The relevance of adapting good practices is particularly important to reflect on, as it allows us the opportunity to further develop these activities implementing an even stronger focus on gender equity and inclusion in the materials and activities themselves.
The creation of hubs in each participating country and the existing connection among partners will ensure a long-term collaboration, supported also through the online community Scientix. The wealth of existing activities and the importance given to advocacy and sustainability will ensure a long and strong collaboration among stakeholders. The advocacy work here and the focus on sustainability have been a core part of the project and how to advocate and create sustainable collaborations has been discussed and further developed during several discussions and meetings.
It has been clear from the start of the Hypatia project that if we aimed to have a long-term sustainability we would need to work closely with other institutions. The Hubs have played a central role in this. As described more in detail in the Deliverable 3.4 Hypatia’s 14 countries have developed their own Local Action Plans. These plans give in detail info about the stakeholders ( Hub members) they will continue working with following the end of the project and the specific elements of the project they will keep implementing in their own organisations as well into a number of their Hub members. During the project we also developed what has been called the ‘Gender inclusion criteria’ for schools, science centres/museums and industry/research institutions. These criteria have been core to all the activities and also core to the future sustainability of the project as they can be applied to any workshop, set of activities or school lessons.
The results of these initiatives and more are presented under ‘Conclusions’ and ‘Perspectives’.