GEM (2020-2022) is a European Union co-funded pilot project, aiming to encourage girls’ interest in STEM and ICT subjects and inspire them to choose careers and become entrepreneurs in these fields. To achieve this goal, the project consortium organizes exciting and cost-free summer camps for girls aged 12-18. Additionally, we establish a wide reaching network of schools, higher education institutions, companies and policy makers, who support girls in pursuing these careers.
Empower Girls* to Embrace their Digital and Entrepreneurial Potential
Girls can STEM too!
CORONA VIRUS NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our summer schools have been postponed to 2021 and 2022.
Only the GEM project team in Lithuania was able to organize a first summer school in Vilnius in 2020. Read more about it:
WHY do we need this project?
Around half of Europe’s population is female, yet only 15% work in tech sectors and even less, 2,4% in ICT related fields. Only around 20% of the females are entrepreneurs. The untapped source of female technology, innovation and entrepreneurial potential leaves Europe with a huge and growing gender and skills gap in these sectors. Education certainly is the most important lever to enable and encourage girls to pursue studies and careers linked to STEM, particularly information and communication technology (ICT), and entrepreneurship.
WHAT are the activities of the project?
Higher education institutions from 11 European countries will organize summer camps for girls, piloting various learning activities, which specifically support the development of a diverse range of STEM related and personal skills. Skills that enable girls to contribute to Europe’s digital innovation processes. We induce encouragement through raising the girls’ interest and confidence. Therefore, we put a particular focus on challenging stereotypes, highlighting inspirational role models and offering participating girls a possibility to enjoy themselves in the context of STEM and enjoy STEM.
Another side of the coin is to enable society to encourage and support girls in pursuing STEM and ICT carriers. Therefore, a long-term European network connecting actors from various STEM education, digital and entrepreneurial spheres will be established. Members of the network will run diverse awareness-raising activities among society to address impending issues, to demonstrate the need and ways to support girls and to inform girls about their options.
Our consortium consists of 11 higher education institutions. Together with collaboration partners from business, policy and education providers in each country, the consortium is drawing from an unbeatable mixture of STEM education expertise, STEM/ICT subject knowledge and transnational project experience.
- University of Education Freiburg, Germany
- University of Nicosia, Cyprus
- Charles University, Czech Republic
- University of Jaen, Spain
- National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
- Vilnius University, Lithuania
- University of Malta, Malta
- Utrecht University, Netherlands
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
- Jönköping University, Sweden
- Constantine the Philosopher University, Slovakia
Name: Empower Girls to Embrace their Digital and Entrepreneurial Potential (GEM)
Type of Action/Programme: Pilot Project & Preparation Action Grant
Name of the call: Girls4STEM in Europe
Co-Funding: 346 450 €uro, European Commission
Coordinator: International Centre for STEM Education (ICSE), http://icse.eu/
Project duration: 2020 – 2021
There are many different ways to get involved in the GEM project. Whether you are a female-identifying student, who is interested in attending a summer camp, a respresentative of the business, policy, or educational sector, who wants to connect to others in order to strengthen girls’ future in STEM and ICT, or someone (eg. a higher education institution or a school) interested in hosting a summer camp:
Here you can find out more about how to get involved in GEM!
I want to participate in a Summer School
We will be offering two rounds of GEM project summer schools in 11 different European countries: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Slovakia.
You can find information on the summer schools and who to contact, if you want to be part of one in the map below.
Another round of summer schools will take place in the year 2022. The updated information will be available in May 2022.
Explore more information about the camps:
I want to organize a Summer School
Here you, as a higher education instiution or school, will find detailed guidelines on organizing STEM/ICT summer schools for girls by the end of the project.
I want to become a part of the GEM network and support girls in choosing STEM careers
Here you will find a detailed action plan of the network by the end of the year 2021.
If you are a representative of a school, a higher education institution, a company or policy making, you are welcome to join the GEM Network. Being a part of this network, you will be able to encourage, inspire and support girls on their journey towards STEM and ICT professions through meaningful actions. Gain an honorary award for supporting the girls and let society know that you stand for equal opportunities for girls in STEM! If you are interested, please get in touch with our network coordinator Sona Ceretkova.
*We acknowledge that there is a gender spectrum beyond the male-female binary. We explicitly extend our invitation to participate in the GEM summer schools to trans and inter individuals.