Reporter 441, 25 October 1999


SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND WOMEN AN ON-LINE CONSULTATION

Staff who are interested in contributing to a discussion on the role of women in scientific research and its application and in science, engineering and technological education are invited to join an on-line consultation. It is part of an enquiry by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee into "Science and Society". Details of how to join are at http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists/hansard.

The discussion will run over three weeks from 25th October to 12th November, with each week devoted to a specific theme. Each theme will be introduced by a keynote contribution from leading figures in that field:

Week 1: Education: primary, secondary and higher education - first choices, first constraints, first barriers;
Week 2: Career: fulfilling potential, overcoming frustration;
Week 3: Culture: does science suffer from its gender imbalance?

Participation is not restricted to women or to University staff. Readers of this notice are encouraged to spread the word to others from commerce, industry or R&D who have a contribution to make. Further information is available from Sue Harper in the Equal Opportunities Office (e-mail: S.A.Harper@adm.leeds.ac.uk)


SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND WOMEN AN ON-LINE CONSULTATION

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (sub- committee II) is currently conducting an enquiry into 'Science and Society'. As part of its deliberations, it has accepted a proposal from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) http://www.parliament.uk/post/home.htm to conduct an on-line consultation on Science, Technology, Engineering and Women and submit a report on this to the Committee. There will, in due course, be a government response to the Committee's recommendations and a debate in the Lords chamber.

The on-line consultation is intended to enable scientists and others interested in the role of women in scientific research and its application, and in science, engineering and technological education, to have a national dialogue on key themes relevant to the Committee's enquiry.

POST has a continuing general interest in 'electronic government' and in using new techniques to enhance democratic debate, as well as in the specific issues of the forthcoming dialogue.

The Hansard Society http://www.hansard-society.org.uk is presided over by the Speaker of the House of Commons and is dedicated to promoting effective Parliamentary democracy. It has run a series of on-line discussions, aimed at enabling members of the public to state and share ideas on Parliamentary matters. An evaluation of the on-line consultation process will be published by the Hansard Society.

The current dialogue will be a collaboration by the Hansard Society with the recently-established Women in Higher Education Register http://www.where.ic.ac.uk (set up by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the UK (CVCP). The CVCP's "Athena Project" http://www.athena.ic.ac.uk is co-ordinating an expert advisory panel of scientists, who will play a key role in the discussion. Participation in the discussion is open to all. It is most definitely not intended to be restricted to the academic world - participants from private and public research institutes and the commercial world are warmly invited. Participation is also welcomed from both sexes.

The discussion will run over three weeks from 25th October to 12th November, with each week devoted to a specific theme. Each theme will be introduced by a keynote contribution from leading figures in that field:

Week 1: Education: primary, secondary and higher education - first choices, first constraints, first barriers;
Week 2: Career: fulfilling potential, overcoming frustration;
Week 3: Culture: does science suffer from its gender imbalance?

For further general information, and details of how to join, see the Hansard discussion web site at: http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists/hansard

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