BARCELONA, 8th - 10th NOVEMBER 2010


Comparing Women's Persistent Under-Representation Over the Lifecycle

Women's under-representation in ICT studies and careers has been the subject of sustained academic research and policy effort in most advanced economies for nearly three decades. Despite this, women remain a minority of students and professionals in ICTs, and even this small presence seems to be diminishing. It is therefore a good time to re-examine the reasons for women's minority status, and to reconsider the frameworks we use to explain this.

This conference offers a valuable opportunity to re-examine the range of factors that affect women's participation in ICT studies and careers from an international comparative perspective. It takes the lifecycle as the organising framework for the analysis presented in the conference sessions, dealing with the different phases of education, and then those of employment, during which women engage with, and disengage from, ICT education and work. This framework is designed to allow participants to examine these different issues, and their possible cumulative effect.

The conference also offers an opportunity for participants to consider the similarities and differences in patterns of women's representation between countries, to compare the measures taken to tackle problem areas, and to consider what still needs to be done. Research from several different countries and disciplines will be presented, and our aim is to advance our comparative understanding of the problem and its possible remedies.

The opening session of the conference will include Ins Snchez de Madariaga, Director of the Women and Science Unit of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. We are also pleased to have Professors Joanne Cohoon, Lisa Servon and Manuel Castells amongst our many speakers from Europe and the US.

The conference is organised by Cecilia Castaño, Rachel Palmén and Juliet Webster, Gender and Information Technology Programme, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Barcelona. The working language of the conference is English.

The conference is open and there is no charge. However advance registration is required and numbers will be limited. Please register for the conference here.

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For inquiries about the programme, please contact Cecilia Castaño, Rachel Palmén, or Juliet Webster on

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