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The future of science requires a robust and diverse workforce drawn from all corners of society. Encouraging STM careers among young people with severely limited educational resources and few professional role models is a particular challenge. To address this, we have expanded our focus on advancing women in science to include new partnerships helping underserved youth receive greater exposure to science and health education.

Advancing Women in Science

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World

Since 2012 the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World recognize the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge.


WATER FIRST! is led by the COACh organization at University of Oregon. Its aim is to offer African women the opportunity of maximizing their effectiveness in tackling water challenges in their home countries.

In Amsterdam, the IMC Weekend School works to foster the future of science and help underserved children get greater exposure to science and health education – both encouraging STM careers and promoting positive professional role models.

Imperial College London’s “White City Maker Challenge” offers kids from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to enhance soft skills and engage with cutting-edge science, engineering and design through workshops, after-school and mentoring.

The Pre – G3: The Elsevier Foundation Data Analytics Preparatory Program is run with Girls’ Inc of New York. The program aims to offer girls tangible skills at a lower developmental level to prepare them for the concepts they will encounter in the high school programs.


The Elsevier Foundation supports DataKind in organizing DataDives. They aim to engage data science and social sector experts, addressing critical SDGs needs and investigating how data science can be applied to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.

The Inclusive Technology + Entrepreneurship Movement (The ITEM) intends to provide career pathways into the technology sector for adults (heads of households, typically over the age of 28) from ethnic minorities in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Diversity in STM News

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A public health researcher is exploring ways to improve primary healthcare’s response to violence against women Nearly one in three… [Read more]

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Environmental biotechnologist Dr. Tabassum Mumtaz is developing methods to disintegrate plastic waste and make biodegradable plastics from bacteria It’s no… [Read more]

Ethnobotanist Narel Paniagua-Zambrana of Bolivia turned her dream into a life’s work; then something happened to cast her into the… [Read more]

New York, March 21, 2019 In partnership with Girls Inc. of New York City, the Elsevier Foundation is pleased to… [Read more]

Girls Inc. of New York City and the Elsevier Foundation partner to teach girls data analytics skills.   When Esther,… [Read more]

5 researchers from developing countries are preparing to accept the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for their work in the physical… [Read more]

The Elsevier Foundation partners with DataKind in a 48-hour hackathon, working with coders and developers to help UK charities unlock… [Read more]