Brussels, 28 April 2016
Hypatia Newsletter #1

Professor Dafna Joel at the launch of Hypatia hub at BSMJ Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem


Gender balance cannot be introduced by addressing young people and schools alone. This is why this project will rely on its national hubs to help achieve such a complex task. These hubs will consist of a panel of schools (science teachers but also head teachers), informal educational institutions, local, regional and national authorities, academic research institutes and industries, gender experts, parents but above all, young people themselves.

On April and May we will see the launch of the first national hubs:
Coinciding with the send out of this newsletter Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu, Estonia  and Centre for the Promotion of Science in Serbia are hosting hub events. 

AHHAA is hosting their first hub meeting for the adult panel today. The panel is composed of important Estonian organisations working on gender equality and related issues. Among them are the project Gender School, ‘Girls in IT’ workshop, and the Laboratory of Thin-Film Technology (all three associated with the University of Tartu), the Estonian Human Rights Centre, the Offices of the Estonian Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner and the soon opening shopping and free time centre ‘Kvartal’ in Tartu.

Center for the Promotion of Science is holding a workshop on "Women's Side of Science" to exchange ideas on the topic of women in science, industry and business environment, as well as to launch the hub. The event will be preceded by a two-day workshop for high school programming, which will be implemented in cooperation with the community Rails Girls of Belgrade. 

On 11 April, the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem celebrated their national launch by hosting a series of lectures and round-table featuring representatives from all the stakeholders: industry, academy, school (principals, teachers), science museums, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology.

On 26 April, Experimentarium in Copenhagen hosted a range of different activities to mark the launch of its hub, such as a discussion on careers & education in STEM and the introduction to the youth panel and to gender inclusion in Experimentarium’s exhibitions.

On 12 May, hub-leader for the Netherlands, NEMO Science Museum, will host a working breakfast for the launch of the Dutch Hypatia-hub. Participants from all over the Netherlands will exchange views and expectations about the project Hypatia and about STEM and gender. Monique Westland will be present on behalf of Hypatia's Advisory Board.

Universcience will have its public launch on 1 June, when around 40 hub members will gather Ms. Robine, Director-General of School Education, Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, Ms. Seydoux, Head of the Women’s Rights and equality Service of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights and other French partners such as the L'Oreal Foundation, will take part in the launching.

Finally, MUST, will launch its hub in Milan at the end of May, beginning of June.

The Hubs will be coordinated by the museum partners: Science Center Netzwerk in Austria; Experimentarium in Denmark; AHHAA in Estonia; Universcience in France; NOESIS Thessaloniki Science Centre and Technology Museum in Greece; Science Gallery Ireland; BSMJ Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem in Israel; MUST (Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia) in Italy; Experyment in Poland; NEMO (Stichting Nationaal van Wetenschap en Technologie in NCWT) in the Netherlands; Center for the Promotion of Science in Serbia;   Fundación Bancaria “la Caixa” in Spain; Teknikens Hus in Sweden and The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) in the UK. They will be the key mechanisms in the development and implementation of the Hypatia modules and events and ensure that there is cooperation at the national level.

Do you want to have more information on our national hubs? Do not hesitate to go to our hub section and find your national hub leader.


It is important to start by underlining that gender is not synonymous of biological sex. It should be understood as a complex category that individuals make themselves recognizable through and perform in various ways.  It is constructed and continuously negotiated across an individual’s personality, interactions with others, communities and culture. Read more.


Hypatia is working to bring changes in how schools, science centre & museums, research institutions and industry engage teenagers in STEM across Europe. One of the key instruments by which the project will achieve this goal is unique modular toolkit of activities and guidelines for engaging youngsters in a gender-inclusive way. Drawn from existing European good practices, the toolkit includes a wide range of innovative hands-on activities: workshops, speed dating, card games, debate scenarios, etc., alongside guidelines on institutional change for gender inclusion. Read more


On 21 April, we launched Expect Everything, an online campaign aimed at captivating the interest of teenagers, especially girls, in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Expect Everything engages young people through active social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr and through a website that presents a youthful and dynamic aesthetic especially designed for teenagers.

Visit to find out more! 

This newsletter was written by Ecsite, the European network of science centres and museums. Newsletter coordination and distribution by Ecsite. 
Hypatia project Coordination: NEMO Science Museum

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (H2020-GERI-2014-1) under the grant agreement No. 665566.

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