The Hypatia project was launched on August 1st 2015. Hypatia addresses the challenge of bringing more teenagers into STEM related careers. The project aimed to communicate sciences to young people in a more gender inclusive way. In order to achieve this, it involved schools, industry, science centres and museums, policy makers and teenagers directly. To do so, the project produced a theoretical framework, institutional guidelines on gender inclusion, a toolkit of ready to use activities (Modules) packed together with a set of tips and questions for other organisations to think when developing new activities. Hypatia created national hubs in 14 countries, produced recommendations for other organisations through action plans on a European and local level and organised a series of seminars and events. The project also produced a campaign targeting teenagers all around Europe and in Israel. The campaign Called “Expect Everything”, it built on the results achieved by the campaign Science it’s a Girl Thing and was co-produced with hundreds of teenagers from across Europe.
The Hypatia National hubs were led by science centres and museums located in 14 countries: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. Their main aim was to organize a series of events for teachers, head teachers and teenagers and adapt and implement Hypatia’s modules. Their goal was to link representatives of industries, teachers, policy makers, gender experts and teenagers and strengthen the interaction among the stakeholders and disseminate the Hypatia digital toolkit on a national level.
Hypatia also produced an accessible, practical and ready-to-use digital collection of modules intended for teenagers that was aimed to be used by schools, informal learning organisations, research centres and industry. The modules produced by Hypatia had a central focus on gender-inclusive ways of communicating STEM, empowering teenagers and exploring the range of skills that are needed for a great variety of STEM studies and careers open to young people. They were accompanied by a set of gender and facilitation guidelines. The Hypatia hubs provided a sustainable basis for these activities to be carried out on the long term, with a focus on dissemination through networks and stakeholder engagement allowing the project impact to multiply. The gender experts in the hubs gave extensive feedback on how to embed gender inclusion in the different contexts of the project and on the gender guidelines part of the modules as well as on the institutional guidelines the project produced.
Hypatia Events have taken place in science centres and museums in 14 countries and have focused on engaging teenagers in a variety of future careers related to science. Other events dedicated to teachers and head teachers have been also organised (National Seminars) . Besides putting forward events and activities based on the project tools, hubs have adapted and created connections with existing events (such as Researchers Night, Summer family workshops and so on), making use of the toolkit and improving the extent to which these events address issues on gender in the long term. Each National Hub has produced a Local Action Plan outlying the set of actions that they will adopt following the end of the project to address gender inequality. The combination of these Local Action Plans resulted in a European Action Plan that Hypatia produced with a set of recommended actions that could apply to science centres and museums, schools and industries outside the project partners.
This current document reports the main activities undertaken by the project in its last year from August 2017 to July 2018.
For this period partners have been asked and have delivered their contribution on the project. This report contains a short financial overview of partners budget spent from month 24 to month 31 (July 2017 to February 2018) and an overview of all partners tasks and progress of this project on the last year of the project run from month 23 to 36 (August 2017 to July 2018) .