2020 Panel

The “Girls in Science for Sustainable Development” Panel is now a flagship Panel of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science Forum. The panel gives girls changemakers the opportunity to share their vision on how they can utilize science to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Since its initiation in February 2018, the Panel has given hundreds of girls from over 20 countries around the world the opportunity to gain core leadership skills, training in community-building, and advocacy skills, and to share their experiences and suggestions on how to achieve the SDGs.  

The 2020 “Girls in Science 4 SDGs” High-Level Panel will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 11 February 2020.  

The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (R.A.S.I.T) welcomes Girls and Boys to share their best practices, vision for strategies and applied solutions which address the challenges and provide opportunities to understanding Investment in girls in science for inclusive green growth through capacity building, provision of funds, and proposing policies and framework to ensure equality in science, technology and innovation by 2030 and beyond

The 2020 “Girls in Science 4 SDGs” Panel will focus on:

Harnessing Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development

Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increases social equity and an environment that allows the world to thrive. Development is not possible without energy and sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.

Improving energy access will be critical to progress towards agreed global goals in the areas of poverty reduction, industrialization, economic growth, health, and education, among others. Importantly, efforts to increase energy access must also factor in climate change as encompassed in SDG 13 on climate action as well as the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Presentations should focus on overview of renewable energy to enable achieving sustainable development goals: Education, Health, Ending Poverty, Reducing inequality between societies and within communities, etc. Presentations should also present the case for how renewable energies represent both an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity.

Science Education

Science education is very important, as it’s typically the launchpad to a girl’s interest in science.

  • How could we better support, educationally, girls with disabilities, the refugees, or those in rural areas?
  • How can we improve the teachings of science in schools to encourage better STEM interest retention (and to promote lifelong learning)?
    • Science teachers
    • Use of Technology
    • Hands-on approach to learning
  • How can we better support youth to prepare them for the real world (to facilitate their transition from school to work)? What areas of skills development should we invest in? 

Sustainable Agriculture & Technology (Agri-Tech)

The agricultural industry is changing with the ever-increasing use of technology across the supply chain demanding a workforce with higher degree skills in STEM and entrepreneurship to facilitate the digital transformation of this sector. Women are currently underrepresented in the agricultural workforce and the digital transformation of the sector presents endless opportunities to correct this.

To change this trend, the next generation of young women need to be inspired and encouraged to consider a future in Agri-Tech. 

Presentations should be focused on:

  • Everyone should have access to sufficient and nutritious food. Some ways of doing so include investment in technology to improve agriculture. What are ways you believe science and technology and robotics can be used to improve agriculture?
  •    How can we use ICT skills, knowledge and innovations that could be applied to both the ‘Smart Farm Model’ and the Learning Program of the Agricultural and Technology Schools and Colleges?
  • Proposals on developing an Agri-Tech learning module aligned to the STEM and digital technologies component of school’s Curriculum that will inspire girls in the classroom to realize the opportunities available to them.

If you are interested- stay tuned! Registration will be open soon!