02/08/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/08/2021 01:13
Improving the gender balance geosciences and geo-engineering
ENGIE project aims to turn 13-18 years old girls' interest to study geosciences and related engineering disciplines. As career decisions are made generally in this period of life, the project's impact will improve the gender balance in the fields of these disciplines.
The overall gender pattern in geosciences, especially in the mineral exploration and extraction sectors is imbalanced. 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 a desirable business strategy element.
Discovering the life of a geoscientist in a video contest for young girls
ENGIE project is actively present in several awareness activities, including school science clubs, mine visits, mentoring programmes, international student conferences, publication and awarding opportunities, summer courses to science teachers, and educational materials production across 22 European countries. These activities help raise awareness and inspire more girls to choose the raw materials sector for their future careers.
One hundred fifty years ago, adventurous geologists explored our planet to uncover the secrets of geology with a hammer in their hand. Today they use cutting edge technology such as electron microscopes, satellite imaging, laser scanners, and robots. But what does their average day look like? What does the average day of a geologist look like today? What can you expect if you choose to be a geologist?
Video contest on geoscience for young girls
ENGIE project asked 12-18-year-old girls what they think a geologist's life looks like. The ENGIE project launched a video contest asking them to send over ideas on the geologist's average day and what girls expect if they choose to be a geologist. As a result, the ENGIE project selected three outstanding video contestants sharing their ideas. Congratulations to the winners on their creativity!
Mariana Gaivoto, from Portugal, took first place in the video contest sharing how geoscience looks in a teen's eyes.
Aswatha Biju, from India, took second place and shared a fun time with the Mesozoic era's fossils.
Third place went to Maria Francisca Coelho, from Portugal, and her vision of how the life of a geologist has changed with modern technologies.
And a special prize for the public vote received Matilda Colombo, from Italy, discovering the job of a geologist and how it's more than extracting rocks, gold and finding diamonds.