In April last year, the Royal Society of Edinburgh published its report 'Tapping all our Talents'. In our report we drew attention to the high percentage of female graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) who leave these sectors. We made the case for a strategic and coordinated approach to tackling this issue and called for a Programme of Action that included specific recommendations to government, research councils and other funders, universities and research institutes, business and industry, and learned and professional bodies.
Together with the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University, the RSE hosted a seminar on Scotland’s strategy for lifting barriers to women in STEM. This seminar focussed on the progress that organisations within Scotland have made towards this goal, and identified areas that still need to be addressed.