UVic News – University of Victoria

The following University of Victoria experts are available to the media to comment on efforts to encourage more women to choose to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM), and to discuss their inspiring academic work leading research projects that demonstrate the benefits for women in society.

Daniela Damian (Engineering and Computer Science) can discuss an initiative launched at UVic to support women interested in STEM careers. She is the director of the INSPIRE: STEM for Social Impact program, which provides students from underrepresented groups in two University of Victoria faculties, Engineering and Computer Science, and Science, with paid co-op opportunities. Selected individuals work in small teams with industry mentors to develop solutions that address real challenges in local communities. (Office: 250-472-5788 or [email protected])

Read more about INSPIRE in The Ring, UVic’s community newspaper

Future scientists were introduced to science early. Credit: choreographer

Katelyn Dhami (Science Venture) can talk about girls-only programs at Science Venture, a youth program run by UVic, and the efforts to break down gender stereotypes in science. Science Venture aims to inspire young women to fulfill their role as leaders in STEM and encourages their engagement in fields such as engineering and computer science where women continue to be vastly underrepresented. Science Venture’s high-impact girls’ programs provide safe spaces for girls to design, build and experiment alongside women who act as role models and mentors. (Cell: 250-882-2660 or [email protected] )

Learn more about Science Venture at UVic

Sophie Cardenuto (Geography) can talk about the role of women in global food security. His research team aims to transform global food systems to improve lives and ecosystems. They are dedicated to highlighting the role that women around the world play in producing food for their families, including farming, processing and making decisions about what foods to eat. (Office: 250-853-3281 or [email protected])

Learn more about food security research.

Christina Hoicka (Geography/Civil Engineering) can discuss her efforts to change the representation of women in the energy sector. She holds an interdisciplinary Canada Research Chair that focuses on just and renewable energy transitions for societal transformation. Hoicka co-founded Women and Inclusivity in Sustainable Energy Research, a global network of researchers. She believes that diversity improves the social impact of innovation and discovery in energy transitions. (Office: 250-721-7328 or [email protected] )

Here are his thoughts on climate change leadership here

Maia Hoeberechts (Ocean Networks Canada – an initiative of the University of Victoria) strives to make ocean science more inclusive by creating meaningful and ongoing partnerships with Indigenous communities and providing formal and informal educational opportunities for youth and adults. This spring, ONC is expanding opportunities for women and girls in science with Ocean Decade Challenge, a new national project in partnership with Girl Guides of Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Engaging and fun marine science learning activities are designed to empower young Canadians, especially girls, to actively participate in STEM. (Office: 250-721-8296 or [email protected] )

Learn more about the Ocean Decade Challenge here.

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Robyn Quinn (University Communications + Marketing) at 250-415-7020 or [email protected]

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