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Available Expert - Closing the gender gap on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Around the world, and in Canada, there remains a significant gender gap in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. As we prepare to celebrate the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, two Queen’s experts are available to speak about how to engage girls in science at a young age, and increase and retain the number of women in the field of engineering.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University has developed several initiatives to tackle gender imbalance, including the appointment of the first Queen’s Chair for Women in Engineering, Heidi Ploeg, in 2020. Dr. Ploeg can speak to the gender gap and how her role works to close this gap, including outreach, advocacy, and opportunities for girls and women from elementary age to working professionals.

Lynda Colgan (Education) is also available to speak about engaging girls in science from an early age and why this is important. Dr. Colgan is the founder and co-ordinator of Science Rendezvous Kingston, which has become one of the largest and most successful Science Rendezvous events in Canada. In 2021, the event featured videos on women innovators and influencers.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Victoria Klassen (343-363-1794 or victoria.klassen@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  

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