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The 11th AASSA Regional Workshop - 26-27 August 2015 in Seoul, Korea
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11th AASSA Regional Workshop on

“Gender Issues in Science Research and Education”


26-27 August 2015

Seoul, Korea


In conjunction with

Gender Summit 6 Asia Pacific 2015

26-28 August 2015


Jointly Organized by:

The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA)

The Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST)


Supported by:

IAP – InterAcademy Partership

2015 Gender Summit - Asia Pacific


The 11th AASSA regional workshop on ‘Gender Issues in Science Research and Education’ was held at the Plaza Hotel, Seoul, Korea from August 26th to August 28th, 2015, in conjunction with Gender Summit 6-Asia Pacific 2015. The workshop was organized by the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) and the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA). This was the fourth of a series of activities for the advancement of women in science that AASSA has organized. The previous workshops of Women in Science, Women in Science, Education and Research, and Women in Science and Technology were held in Baku, Azerbaijan (2012) in New Delhi, India (2013), and Izmir, Turkey (2014), respectively.


The aim of this workshop was to sum up the last three workshops and to consolidate recommendations and chart future directions of the efforts by AASSA on Women in Science and Technology. The essences of the last three years efforts from 2012 to the present ‘to recognize and to discuss the status of women in science, and to search for ways and means to promote women scientists and Engineers in Asia’ were continued during this workshop. A celebration for publication of the report Women in Science and Technology in Asia capped off the workshop.


The areas covered by the workshop include (1) science education and mentoring for female students, (2) career development programs tailored for young women scientists, (3) cultivation of women’s leadership in science, (4) strategies to overcome gender gaps in research, (5) retention and success of women scientists, (6) gender balance in decision making on science research and education, (7) gender balance in research teams at all levels, (8) research & life balance, and study & life balance of women researchers and students at all stages, and (9) evidence for gender diversity as a competitive advantage in research.


Eighteen lectures were presented by participants, of which fourteen were by international speakers and four were from Korea. The international speakers were from twelve countries; Australia, Bangladesh, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and United States.


The workshop summarized the present position and identified the on-going problems of women in science and technology, and agreed on recommendations to improve their situation. The recommendations and action plans of the last three workshops were thoroughly reviewed during the wrap up session and eight core items for recommendations were adapted. We hope this will serve as the main focus of future efforts for the empowerment of women in science and technology in Asia and as well as in other countries of the world.


The Workshop program and report are given in attachments.



AASSA, The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia
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