Workshop by the International Council for Science Held in NTNU
From November 7th, the workshop of gender differences in science and mathematics field was held by The International Council for Science for two days in Gongguan campus of NTNU. Nearly 40 experts from 12 countries attended the workshop and focused on the discussion of the design of the questionnaire.
The International Council for Science (ICSU, after its former name, International Council of Scientific Unions) is an international organization devoted to international cooperation in the advancement of science. Its members are national scientific bodies and international scientific unions. As of 2017, it comprises 122 multi-disciplinary National Scientific Members, Associates and Observers representing 142 countries and 31 international.
The workshop will be held in Asia, Africa and South American. This workshop was held by Prof. Chiu Mei Hung from Graduate Institute of Science Education.
Vice President Wu Cheng Chih and Prof. Hsu Chain Shu from the Department of Applied Chemistry of NCTU were invited as guests. Vice President Wu Cheng Chih welcomed the guests to Taiwan. He said that although he mostly involved in computer education and programming, he thinks that female scientists are as good as male scientists.
Prof. Hsu Chain Shu is the 8th outstanding alumni. He said that he has studied in NTNU for 4 years 40 years ago and he really like the environment in NTNU. He said that in the past, 20% of female was in college but now the ratio goes to 1:1. As the degree gets higher, the differences become bigger. In doctoral degree, the ratio of male and female is 7:3 and in master's degree, it's 6:4.
The attendants are from the academic alliance partners in Asia and Oceania. For example, IMU, IUPAC, IUPAP, IUHPST, IAU, UNESCO, IUBS, ICIAM, ACM from Israel, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Nepal and Taiwan. Prof. Marie-Françoise Roy from the University of Rennes 1 and Rachel Ivie from the American Institute of Physics led the discussion.
According to Prof. Chiu Mei Hung, the representatives were involved in the questionnaire of the gender difference in science and mathematics field and provided their point of view in the scientific field.
More than 45,000 women science workers from more than 130 countries are involved in this study. The problems they face in their countries as female science workers like the working environment, promotion and presentations were documented and the result will be useful to policymakers.