IUPAC GWB2021 – Empowering Diversity in Science

Scientists from around the world are invited to participate in GWB2021 – the 2021 IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast.

This global event will be held on a single day, 9 February 2021.

The theme of GWB2021 is “Empowering Diversity in Science”.

The new GWB2021 website, including registration for event organizers, will open at the end of November 2020.

Successful GWB events held in 2019 and 2020 have demonstrated the need to build a network of both women and men working together to address the barriers and inequalities faced by women in science. IUPAC is in a unique position to serve as a leading organization and global platform where these difficult and persistent issues can be addressed in a transparent manner. GWB2021 will be held two days prior to the United Nations Day of Women and Girls in Science. Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. As quoted in the recent Gender Gap in Science study, and stated by the UN,

“Gender Equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.”

Women and men from all types of educational and scientific organizations from high schools to universities, to scientific societies, government and industry organizations are welcome to organize breakfast events either virtually or in person (per local COVID-19 safety guidelines). Breakfast events can be small or large, formal or casual, and we encourage each breakfast team to reach out and connect with another team. GWB events are designed to be a catalyst for change towards greater diversity in science. Event organizers and participants can strengthen their activities by connecting with other events locally and across sectors. For example, an event at a university may want to partner with another event at a nearby industry or government location.

For inspiration and ideas you may want to view last year’s photos on the GWB Flikr account 

For general questions, please contact event co-chairs: Dr. Laura McConnell at globalbreakfast@iupac.org or Prof. Mary Garson at m.garson@uq.edu.au.

A new GWB task group has been formed for greater coordination and communication within countries and regions. Members of this task group are: