UP NISMED Hosts 2023 Women in STEAM Summit

In celebration of the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2023, UP NISMED in partnership with the Austrian Embassy Manila, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), and EURAXESS ASEAN, virtually launched the upcoming 2023 Women in STEAM Summit.

Graced by H.E. Johann Brieger, Ambassador of Austria, and Gustavo González, United Nations Resident Coordinator, the Summit Launch program included presentations by three women in the fields of green energy, impact entrepreneurship, and ICT.

As head of the Innovation Laboratory of Green Energy Lab in Austria, Susanne Supper shared the work they are doing in search of the best ideas to shape the future of energy.

Also from Austria, Anna Greil, founder and CEO of uptraded, recounted how her impact startup is advocating for sustainable fashion by creating a Swipe and Match Clothes Swapping app.

Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Undersecretary for ICT Industry Development of the DICT, talked about DIWA—short for Digital Innovation for Women Advancement—a project that “aims to harness the role of ICT in advancing gender equality and empowering women to actively participate in building an inclusive and sustainable digital future.”

The Summit Launch ended with an open forum where the speakers addressed questions from online viewers. A recording of the webinar may be viewed via UP NISMED's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/100054328159618/videos/535060095353387.

On 17 March 2023, UP NISMED, together with the Austrian Embassy Manila, EURAXESS Worldwide, Advantage Austria, PCW, and DICT, will host the 2023 Women in STEAM Summit at the Dolores F. Hernandez Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.

With its theme, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Inclusive Digital Innovations of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics,” the Summit seeks to convene leaders, educators, artists, communicators, and entrepreneurs to showcase inclusive digital innovations of women who are involved in STEAM.

The Summit will feature two plenary sessions by Bettina Schleier, a heritage conservator and an artist, and Frei Sangil, the CEO of LayerTech; five simultaneous workshops by Teresa Barrozo, Jenny Lind Elmaco, Reena Ongsotto, Bettina Schleier, and Elke Zobl and Bettina Egger; and a panel discussion by Ruby Cristobal, Jenny Lind Elmaco, Sophie Falkeis, and Bettina Schleier. Onsite participants will be able to visit exhibits related to technological innovations.

The invited participants will attend the different events and activities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UP NISMED Auditorium and other function rooms while online participants may join via Zoom or UP NISMED Facebook Live Streaming. For those who wish to attend online, please register through this link: https://tinyurl.com/STEAMwomen2023.

Through STEAM activities, women can develop self-confidence and realize that their ideas and skills are valuable. By encouraging and supporting all women to engage in STEAM, we actively promote gender equality and foster a more inclusive society. Full STEAM ahead!