We are thrilled to announce that the ST(R)E(A)M IT project has been selected for support under Horizon Europe, with the HÉTFA Research Institute leading the consortium. This achievement marks a significant milestone for HÉTFA as it represents our first project as a consortium leader within Horizon Europe.

The “ST(R)E(A)M IT – Streaming girls and women into STEAM education, innovation and research“ project was submitted under the HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ERA-01-10 call. Over a period of 3 years, the project is set to begin in 2024. The partnership consists of 21 organizations from 19 European countries (Hungary, Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Macedonia, Sweden, Belgium, Greece, Poland, Island).

The ST(R)E(A)M IT project supports the European Commission’s vision of a Europe, “where women and men, girls and boys, in all their diversity, are equal – where they are free to pursue their chosen path in life, where they have equal opportunities to thrive, and where they can equally participate in and lead our European society.”[1] This vision is more than relevant nowadays when significant results are achieved in gender equality education, but still, there are persisting gender gaps, particularly in STEM fields.[2]

The ST(R)E(A)M IT project addresses gender barriers and challenges by developing innovative gender- and diversity inclusive tools for educating young people with a particular focus on young girls and by mobilizing actors of different sectors of STEM education, and the R&I ecosystem to create sustainable networks for providing ongoing support for the STEM education providers. ST(R)E(A)M IT seeks to introduce solutions that can be widely used by different kinds of stakeholders during and beyond the scope of the project in the interest of implementing actions suggested by ‘The European Manifesto for gender-inclusive STE(A)M education and careers.’

[1] European Commission (2020). Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. A Union of Equality: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025.

[2] European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, She Figures 2021: gender in research and innovation: statistics and indicators, Publications Office, 2021, https://data.europa.eu/doi/10.2777/06090