cracking the code

Cracking the code: girls’ education in STEM

The UNESCO International Symposium and Policy Forum will take place in Bangkok from 28 to 30 August 2017. Its aims are to ‘crack the code’ by identifying the factors that promote girls’ and women’s participation, achievement and continuation in STEM studies and careers.


The programme of the International Symposium and Policy Forum will be based on the overarching theme of girls’ education in STEM, with four sub-themes/tracks:

  1. Building the foundations: Gender-responsive quality STEM education
  2. Changing the equation: Addressing stereotypes and bias hindering girls’ participation
  3. Gravitating into the field: Reaching out, engaging and empowering girls and women
  4. Wiring the network: Partnerships, cross-sector learning and cooperation


The programme also includes plenary sessions, combining high-level and panel discussions, exhibition booths to present products, and for hands-on demonstrations and interactions and finally a one-day Policy Forum with the participation of Ministers of Education and other high-level representatives to examine how governments are prioritizing and promoting STEM education for girls, and how to address challenges.


Only persons with an invitation can participate. Interested participants are invited to complete an online expression of interest to participate at their earliest convenience and no later than 17 July 2017, midnight, Paris time. Selection will be based on: participant profile, gender and geographical representation, to ensure a balanced audience.


Given that the UNESCO International Symposium and Policy is a place to share and dialogue,  interested participants are also invited to submit a proposal to make a presentation, organize a workshop or reserve an exhibition booth. These proposals must be received by Friday 5 June 2017, midnight, Paris at the latest. Selected participants will be informed no later than 23 June 2017.


The working languages of the event will be English and French.


For more information and for registration, please visit the website: http://en.unesco.org/unesco-international-symposium-and-policy-forum-cracking-code-girls-education-stem