ENGIE – Encouraging Girls to Study Geosciences and Engineering

The Ukrainian Association of Geologists as a Linked Third Party was involved in the ENGIE three-year project.

This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Grant agreement ID: 19042

Starting date of the project: 01.01.2020

Finish of the project: 31.12.2022

Project description: The overall gender pattern in geosciences, especially in the mineral exploration and extraction sectors is definitely imbalanced. It is characterised, more or less, by men and stable male stereotypes in almost all parts of the business clusters, in society and professional communities as well as in education and research. However, studies confirm that diverse teams are more creative and innovative. Participation of women in raw materials related industries is therefore necessary and may be considered as an element of business strategy.

The project ‘ENGIE – Encouraging Girls to Study Geosciences and Engineering’ aims to turn the interest of 13-18 years old girls to study geosciences and related engineering disciplines. As career decisions are made generally in this period of life, the project expectedly will improve the gender balance in the fields of these disciplines.

During the implementation of the three-year-long project, an awareness-raising strategy will be developed and an international stakeholder collaboration network will be established for the realisation of a set of concrete actions. These actions include family science events, outdoor programmes, school science clubs, mine visits, mentoring programmes, international student conferences, publication and awarding opportunities, summer courses to science teachers and production of educational materials. The actions will be carried out in more than twenty countries throughout Europe.

ENGIE implemented by the cooperation of 26 institutions. The partnership involves 3 universities, 2 research centres and a European-level professional organisation, which has 26 national member geological associations. 20 national associations will take part in the project implementation as EFG’s Linked Third Parties. By their contribution, the project activities will be extended to more than 20 European countries.

Stakeholders / target groups

The term “stakeholder” describes the different organisations, initiatives, groups or individuals that affect or might be affected by ENGIE and its activities. The key stakeholders of ENGIE are listed here below:

  • Main target group: 13-18 year old secondary school girls
  • Role models: successful women geoscientists and engineers
  • Secondary school teachers
  • Decision-making bodies in charge of education and raw materials policies: regional, national, EU and international level
  • Private sector: prospective future employers of geoscientists and geo-engineers, industry leaders
  • Institutions involved in science communication: schools, science museums, universities
  • Academia: earth and raw materials scientists, civil, structural and ground engineers, gender experts
  • General public: kids & parents

As ENGIE aims at raising the interest of girls in geosciences and geo-engineering, secondary school girls are considered to be the project’s main target group which will be addressed with a set of concrete actions in more than 20 European countries.

A focus group of volunteer girls from this age group has been set up to ensure that the material and the activities developed by the project team are engaging. To ensure complete anonymity, the girls are addressed via facilitators from the consortium and the Linked Third Parties. A first survey conducted in February and March 2020 has allowed input to be gathered regarding the project’s visual identity and the social media and leisure activities of the target group. A second survey conducted in March 2020 has allowed to determine the final project colours and a strap line that can be used in combination with the logo.

In addition, an Advisory Board involving earth and raw materials scientists and engineers, researchers, professors, industry leaders and gender experts has been established to provide scientific support and assist with reaching out to the project’s stakeholder communities.

Stages

ENGIE’s dissemination and outreach encompasses two main stages:

First stage: The aim of the first stage is to map all relevant stakeholders and set up a broad network for ENGIE making intensive use of social media, especially Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and LinkedIn groups. In this stage, national communities (schools, science museums, universities, public bodies in charge of education, etc.) will be mobilised via the EFG Linked Third Parties. This will create the basis for an active community for each of the above-mentioned stakeholder groups.

Second stage: This stage will start by M12, when the Actions from WP2 will officially be launched. Starting from then, the project will properly address its main target group, girls between 13 and 18 years, via a set of outreach activities organised at national level.


ENGIE Communication and dissemination plan

ENGIE Project logo, image and stylebook

ENGIE Press Release “The International Workshop with Invited Women Experts”