Needs and challenges of women in STEM

Best practices from Higher Education and the Industry

On the 31st of May 2021, 15:00 CET, the Cyprus University of Technology organized the first multiplier event of FeSTEM (Female Empowerment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Higher Education) project. FeSTEM is supported by ACM-Women Cyprus (

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the event was held online, by using the Zoom ( application and a total of 65 participants joined the event.

Mrs Androulla Vasiliou, Former European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism & Youth participated as the keynote speaker in the event and talked about the participation of women in STEM in the academia and industry.

During the event the aim and objectives of the FeSTEM project were introduced.  The Intellectual Outputs of the project were presented and a roundtable discussion also took place with three panelist from Cyprus and Slovenia. The purpose of this discussion was to present and discuss best practices for boosting the presence of women in STEM. Each panelist answered to three related questions.

The gender-sensitive toolbox that was developed as part of the FeSTEM project was introduced and showcased through padlet ( Examples of gender-sensitive artifacts created by other students were also showcased via Google Poly (

Finally, the FeSTEM Network Platform ( for empowering women in STEM was introduced and the participants were invited to register.

After each presentation and at the end of the event there was time allocated for questions by the participants. It seemed that all the participants were appeased with our online multiplier event. 


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