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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
Wednesday, September 13 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Gender Equality in Science Education (130901)

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In the world of change and progress, new needs emerge every day. In the past, changes used to happen for hundred or even thousands of years, with the advancement of technology each day we have been learning and participating in new things in our lives. There used to be a few important people in one region who changed the flow of life for long periods of time in the old days, but nowadays millions of people around the World from almost every city are able to change the flow of life and even the future of the world. The world is now globalized and change is very fast.
In our changing and developing world, there is even more need for women. But - unfortunately - the number of women working on technology still did not reach the desired level. This was clearly stated at the Gender and Innovation Meeting held in Brussels. 
“Gender aspects continue to play an important role in science education, conditioning study choices or shaping beliefs about one's own capacities and those of others.  Research has  shown that, globally, women  remain underrepresented  in  STEM not  only  as students, but also as teachers, researchers, and workers, resulting in a significant gender gap.
”“Research has shown that women aren't globally represented in STEM; as students even teachers researchers and workers, there is a large proportion of gender inequality " in society. It has also been noted that at the secondary school level, in STEM, female teachers have to work hard in terms of student achievement and gender inequality.  (“Gender and Innovation  Meeting” (European Schoolnet) -Brussels 2017 ).
There are a number of reasons why females are less likely to consider a career in tech. First, many females do not consider a tech career because it is not being put forward as one of the options they can take. The importance of science education stands out here.
For science education to be effective, it must be inclusive and should recognize how science teachers, scientists, families, and the community work together to achieve learning and teaching goals. Better funding for science education is needed to train more and better science teachers, especially women. Women scientists studying in universities or working in their chosen fields tend to be the focus of discussions about bridging the gender gap in science. But school science teachers are involved in training the next generation of scientists, so they should not be overlooked.
In many developing countries, female teachers become role models and play an essential role in attracting young women and girls into science— inspiring them and giving them confidence and strength to do better and achieve more in life. Every country stands to benefit greatly from training female teachers in effective teaching methods — and from an increase in the number of women who study and work in science.
In this session, we will discuss the education system in Turkey, gender equality in science education, girls' interest in science lessons and how it should be developed, and the contribution of STEM components to science lessons with expert academics and teachers.

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Yakut Gazi

Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Digital Education, Duke University
Yakut Gazi is the Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Digital Education at Duke University. In this role, she oversees the offices of Learning Innovation and Continuing Studies, with responsibility for the development and execution of pedagogical innovation and digital education... Read More →
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Mehlika Inanici

Professor, University of Washington
Mehlika Inanici is a Professor and the Director of Design Technology at the University of Washington, Department of Architecture in Seattle, WA, USA. The focus of her research is computational lighting design and analysis. The underlying presumption in her research and teaching is... Read More →
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Güler Öztürk

Prof/Lecturer, İ.Medeniyet University
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Faruk Soydugan

Professor Dr., canakkale 18 mart university
Faruk Soydugan continues his research as a professor at Çanakkale Onsekiz Marty University, Department of Physics. At the same time, he is the Director of Astrophysics Research Center and Ulupınar Observatory. His research interests are stellar astrophysics, exoplanets and galactic... Read More →
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Fatma Caner

STEM Project Coordinator, Edirne TED College
I completed my doctoral study on the “Determination of Integrated STEM Teacher Competencies” in the Department of Physics Education at Marmara University in Istanbul. I worked as a part-time lecturer at Marmara University, Department of Physics Education. I have taught physics... Read More →
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Ayça Öner

English Teacher, Arnavutköy Korkmaz Yiğit Anadolu Lisesi
I've been an English teacher for 19 years. I taught at various types of schools at different levels. Presently I'm teaching at a project high school. I hold a TESOL certificate and I specialized in creative methodology.
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Arzu Çalık Seydim

Mathematics Teacher, Etiler Anatolian High School
I have been a Mathematics Teacher at Etiler Anatolian High School since 1999, and throughout my career, I have developed a deep passion for teaching. In addition to my expertise in Mathematics, I also have a background in Drama Teaching, which has allowed me to incorporate creative... Read More →
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Elena Matroana Hreciuc

teacher, Secondary School Ion Creanga Suceava
I am an ICT and Programming teacher in secondary education and a former Organic Chemical engineer, specialising in e-Chemistry and Technology Education and Practical Applications. A member of the National Expert Group on Educational Management, she is a mentor and specialised trainer... Read More →

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Hatice Kirmaci

Physics Teacher, Arnavutkoy Korkmaz Yigit Anatolian High School
She was born in Turkey. She graduated from the Faculty of Education University of Samsun on May 19 of Turkey in 1994. She has been working as a physics teacher.  She is involved in many national and international projects (Erasmus+). She created course materials for science and physics... Read More →

Wednesday September 13, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT