Sowing the Seeds of Change


Hilary Marshall

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Science Careers


American Association for the Advancement of Science

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It may be a bit early to say that there will be a rich harvest of career opportunities for women in science, but at the Athena dissemination conference held at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh last month it seemed that the seeds of change are starting to be sown. The Athena Project, which is a UK-wide initiative that aims to increase the number of women working in science, engineering, and technology (SET) at all levels of higher education (HE), and to improve their career development, awards development grants to HE institutions for pilot projects that address those aims. The conference heard reports of the five development projects awarded grants in summer 2000. All focused on the organizational culture of SET and HE, and the processes and practices that present barriers to women's career progression.


Originally published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). HTML fulltext available through remote link.