Gender gap widens in STEM education

By Joel Adriano [BANGKOK] Despite major strides in women’s empowerment and equality over the last half century, there exists a stark gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, says a report. According to the report by the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) report, only 17 women have won a Nobel …

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Diplomats told to study science and health

By Inga Vesper [MANCHESTER] Diplomats need better training in science and health to support international collaborations dealing with shared problems and increase the scientific capacity of developing countries, a UK summit has heard. When it comes to science diplomacy, both rich and poor nations must do more to involve foreign affairs officials in research efforts …

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Science museums and UNESCO join to meet SDGs

By Luisa Massarani UNESCO and the US-based Association for Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) signed an agreement on 10 November to “use science centers and science museums as platforms to communicate sustainable goals (SDGs) through the organisation of ad-hoc events on local, regional, and international levels”, during a meeting in UNESCO headquarters, as part of …

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Africa News Headlines for 7 February 2016

A selection of headlines covering news from Sub-Saharan Africa over the past 24 hours. An African female soccer legend is helping to coach Afghan migrant boys in Sweden Source: Southern Times Kenya: Scientists say Zika Virus Unlikely to Spread in East Africa Source: Geeska Afrika African leaders advocate locally developed Zika, Lassa virus vaccines Source: …

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Why art and culture contribute more to an economy than growth and jobs

Jen Snowball, Rhodes University There is growing international interest in the potential of the cultural and creative industries to drive sustainable development and create inclusive job opportunities. An indication of this is a recent set of UNESCO guidelines on how to measure and compile statistics about the economic contribution of the cultural industries. But should …

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