Close the Gap weekly (1)

Welcome to Close the Gap weekly. Here you will find a round up of events, news, latest research and consultations. This week we have news and events from Engender, Scottish Government and the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in SET.

*From Engender

Jobs for the boys and girls?
Wednesday 9 February

Engender, Close the Gap, and the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SRC) have organised an event to discuss our report for the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW 2011) and the barriers and challenges facing women and girls in education, training and the labour market.  

The event is taking place at the Scottish Parliament between 6pm-8pm and is hosted by Johann Lamont MSP. The speakers include Engender, Close the Gap and the SRC. To register visit

*From Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise’s Life Science Awards night
Thursday 3 February

Scotland is one of Europe’s leading locations for life sciences investment, with a world-class academic base and expanding company portfolio. As well as celebrating achievements, the awards will also highlight the ongoing work of Scottish Enterprise and its partners to capitalise on these strengths to grow and develop a sustainable life sciences sector across Scotland.

*From Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

Women in Employment Conference
5 February 2011 

A joint event hosted by the Scottish Women's Convention and ourselves. The aim of this conference is to address the issues faced by women in employment. Invited speakers will contribute to the debate around women in the economy and the barriers they face. To register visit


*Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Curriculum manager for science and sport at Inverness College and organiser of the Inverness Monster Science Festival, Elizabeth Barron, is to be made an MBE for her work in science engagement as part of the 2011 New Year Honours.

*Interconnect Impact Survey – we need your feedback
At Interconnect we really want to know the difference our newsletters, events & student groups are making to you. This is important not only to ensure we are providing info and events that are relevant, but also to confirm to  funders that this work is important. So, at the beginning of February, all students on our mailing list will be sent an invitation to fill in a survey telling us what you have got out of being involved in Interconnect (there will of course be a prize draw for all those that take part).  Please take 5 minutes to fill in the survey.

*Scottish Government
Gamesa a world-leading wind energy company is planning a research base for offshore wind technology in Scotland. It is hoped this will directly create up to 1000 new jobs and further 800 additional jobs. A boost to the renewable sector and hopefully an ideal opportunity to launch a robust recruitment drive to attract more women to the sector.

*UK Resource Centre for Women in SET
New report highlights that ‘women are leaving the creative industries sector.’

*Department For Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS):
New Shared Parental Leave Arrangements 17.01.11

The Government has today announced more detail on its plans for a new
system of flexible parental leave to help parents balance their work and
family commitments


*Scottish Government
Women in Science and Engineering Research Project Dec 2010

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