Hypatia is carried out by 19 partners from 15 countries.  The focus of the project is on science centres and museums as hubs around which all the relevant stakeholders are brought together. They act as bridges linking science and society, formal and informal education and bringing together all the key players in the challenge of addressing gender balance in STEM: young people, education, research, industry and policy makers.

Main Partners

NEMO Science Museum, Project Coordinator (The Netherlands)  

Hypatia is coordinated by NEMO Science Museum. NEMO is the largest science center in the Netherlands (over half a million visitors every year). We encourage people to discover things for themselves and make science and technology engaging and accessible to the widest possible audience at the museum and in schools and through national events. We collaborate with partners from industry, education, government, science and technology. Our partners enable us to achieve our joint goal: to bring science and technology to the attention of a wide audience from a young age. Constantly, NEMO creates more and better opportunities for students and citizens to participate in the decision-making on how research and innovation is conducted in Europe.

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Bloomfield Science Museum (Israel)

The Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem (BSMJ) is a leading informal cultural and educational institution in Israel, serving more than more than 300,000 visitors annuallyvisitors annually, from all sectors of Israeli society. BSMJ both develops and creates in-house its exhibitions consisting of interactive exhibits on subjects in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics that have relevance to daily life and social challenges, and integrates them into a wide range of educational activities

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BureauQ (The Netherlands)

BureauQ is a full service communication agency specialised in Science Communication, STEM education and educational excellence. We offer services ranging from strategy and consulting to design and execution of projects and products. Bureau Q designs knowledge , programs, projects and products needed to achieve the desired goal of research to PR, from media to events . We work with passionate consultants and a network of excellent specialists.

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Ecsite (Belgium) 

Ecsite gathers more than 350 organisations committed to inspiring people with science and technology and enabling dialogue between science and society. Ecsite’s vision is to foster creativity and critical thinking in European society, emboldening citizens to engage with science. Members include science centres and museums, natural history museums, research organisations, universities, zoos etc across over 50 countries.

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Experimentarium (Denmark)

Experimentarium is a science centre and activity centre for science, technology, environment and health. Its aim is to ‘encourage the interest for science and technology’ throughout society and to create a rendezvous point for the public, corporate and scientific communities. Since it’s opening, Experimentarium attracts approx. 350,000 visitors annually Experimentarium has a science learning team with several specialists who develop teacher training throughout Denmark and furthermore lead educational development programmes in schools.

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Fondation L’Oréal (France)

L’Oréal Foundation has been honouring major scientific women with Prizes and has been supporting young talented female researchers with Fellowships through the international L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme. It has recently increased its commitment in fighting against gender gap in science by launching L’Oréal For Girls in Science. This programme has been created to encourage scientific vocations amongst girls by breaking preconceived ideas towards science and gender stereotypes.

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Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Vinci (Italy)

The Museum is the largest and only national science and technology museum in Italy and every year welcomes 400.000 visitors. It is internationally recognised for its work in the field of informal education and in particular for its interactive labs, those being active areas in which visitors are engaged in experimental experiences in science and technology. Through CREI, the Museum’s Centre for Research in Informal Education, the education staff studies and devises methodologies and resources for schools, teachers, families, adults.

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At PPG, they work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, they solve their customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, they operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.3 billion in 2015. PPG serves customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets.

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University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

The Department of Science Education at the University of Copenhagen does research, development work, communication and teaching within the field of science education. The research includes gender aspects of science education, educational practices, assessment and evaluation, curriculum development and implementation, approaches to teaching and the choice of subjects, and scientific literacy. DSE have strong connections to central stakeholders in the Danish education environment as well as a strong international profile.

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Universcience (France)

The two Parisian science centers Palais de la découverte and Cité des sciences et de l’industrie merged to create a new major national institution for scientific culture named Universcience. As the 4th most visited cultural institution in France with 3.2 million visitors per year, Universcience is concerned about the gender equality issue and has implemented parity as a core mission in its cultural offer.

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Third parties

ASDC, the UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres (UK)

ASDC brings together over 60 of the UK’s major science engagement organisations to play a strategic role in the nation’s engagement with science. Together ASDC members engage 20 million people each year with the wonders of science, technology, engineering and maths through their programmes, events, hands-on activities and exhibitions. ASDC has also run a variety of national strategic programmes in partnership with our science centres which reach very large numbers of girls and women and address the gender issues.

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CPS, Center for the Promotion of Science (Serbia)

Center for the Promotion of Science (CPS) is a public institution with the task to promote science and technology. It has organized a large number of interactive exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions and other events on different science topics with more than 450.000 visitors. CPS has recently started the  Science Club, a place where everyone interested in science and technology have the chance to meet,  exchange experiences, discuss various science topics and broaden their knowledge and horizons.

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Experyment (Poland)

The EXPERYMENT Science Centre is a cultural institution founded to offer education and creative entertainment. It is a modern scientific and educational playground for amateur explorers and the “learning through fun” philosophy followers of all ages. EXPERYMENT, by promoting interactive education, teaches how to efficiently absorb knowledge, helps to understand the phenomenon in nature, and stimulates the curiosity of the world by using active forms of teaching children and teenagers as well as adults.

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La Caixa Foundation (Spain)

Obra Social “La Caixa” is a leading non profit organization at international level which aims to contribute to the progress of individuals and society. It is one of the leading foundations in the world acting in the fields of social welfare, research and innovation and culture. Among its programs, has an Science in Society program, which aims to foster scientific culture and scientific opinion, increasing scientific vocations in general and among girls in particular and promoting research and innovation as keys of social change. Through this program LCF runs scientific activities and moves scientific exhibitions in cities all around Spain, with more than 1,5 million visitors per year.

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Noesis Science Centre (Greece)

NOESIS promotes the public understanding of Science and Technology, in a way that is both educational and recreational. The main objective of the Center is the popularization of modern scientific and technological knowledge and its dissemination to the public through exhibitions, movies, educational programs, seminars and lectures. The brand name of the Center intends to emphasize the connection between its operation and human noesis, since the intention is to make scientific knowledge available to everybody.

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Science Centre AHHAA (Estonia)

AHHAA was established as a special project of the Department of Research and Institutional Development of the University of Tartu. The purpose of AHHAA is to introduce science and research to all audiences using interactive and entertaining methods and the scientific excellence of the 380-year old Tartu University to overcome fear and prejudice towards learning. Since 1997, more than 2 million visitors have visited AHHAA events and since 2006 AHHAA has been organizing the biggest science festival in the Baltic region- The Researchers’ Night Festival.

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SCN, ScienceCenter-Network (Austria)

The association ScienceCenter-Network (SCN) is the initiator and coordinator of a nation-wide consortium of organizations and persons, who as network-partners strive for the same goal: to contribute to better comprehension of sciences and technology and to societal engagement in important topics through interactive, playful offers termed “science center activities”. The network currently consists of more than 165 partners from various fields, among them research organizations, science communicators, museums, teacher and educational institutions.

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Science Gallery Dublin (Ireland)

Over 2 million people have experienced over 37 unique Science Gallery Dublin exhibitions ranging from living art experiments to material science and from the future of the human species to the future of play. The gallery has created a loyal following of visitors and has built a strong community through an ever-changing programme fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers, visionaries and entrepreneurs, creating a unique model of engagement with science.

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Teknikens Hus (Sweden)

Since Teknikens Hus with its exhibit hall opened it has been an important resource for schools and the general public, with 120 000 visitors annually. The special concept of Teknikens Hus is to take reality as a starting-point for deepening the knowledge of science and technology. All exhibits are participatory and each experiment is made an integrated part of the environment to avoid splitting up reality into phenomena and events isolated from each other.

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Advisory Board

Judith Abrahami, PhD

Gender Equity specialist




Anja C. Andersen

Associate Professor

Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen



Ken Armistead

Director, Corporate Communications

PPG, Europe, Middle East & Africa


Caroline Bélan-Ménagier

Head of Dpt for European Higher Education and Research Area Strategies

Ministry for Education, Higher Education and Research



Thomas Lucand

Project manager – For Women in Science initiative, Communication & Events

L’Oreal Foundation


Fred Verboon

European School Heads Association



Monique Westland

European School Heads Association




NEMO (Stichting Nationaal van Wetenschap en Technologie, NCWT)

Marjolein van Breemen – vanbreemen@e-nemo.nl

Meie van Laar – vanlaar@e-nemo.nl


Suzana Filipecki – sfilipecki@ecsite.eu



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Who was Hypatia

Hypatia was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and the last great thinker of ancient Alexandria. She was certainly not the first female astronomer and mathematician, but she was the leading one of her time – a scarce achievement to today.

She was among the most politically powerful figures in Alexandria during a turbulent time, when the city was beset by fighting among Christians, Jews and pagans, and the power balance in the Roman Empire was shifting from Hellenists to Christians. In the mist of violence and power disputes, Hypatia was attacked for her religion, her position and her defense of scientific knowledge. It is clear that Hypatia’s femaleness made her a special target, and she was violently murdered by Christians zealots.

Hypatia’s work and life can be understood as herculean efforts to preserve the Greek knowledge heritage, to speak against dogmatism and superstition, to defend science in an era of religious and sectarian conflict. Hypatia is an inspiration for the project not only as the first famous female mathematician but most importantly as a symbol of learning and science.