About the Project

 The FemaleINSPIRES project (International Network and Support Platform for Interdisciplinary Research Engineers/Scientists), led by UWS’s Dr Evi Viza, will create an online support platform for female STEM early career researchers from Development Assistance Committee countries. The work will be supported through a £20,000 Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) grant.

Dr Viza said: “In STEM, where women are already underrepresented, the pressures of the pandemic are set to widen an existing gap.
“The Royal Academy of Engineering grant will enable us to create a network and a platform for women in STEM to collaborate, share ideas, seek support and much more during what has been an incredibly challenging time throughout the sector.”


International Project set to inspire women in STEM


The project is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), part of the part of the pandemic preparedness call. It brings together female STEM researchers from seven countries (UK, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Indonesia, Egypt and Kazakstan) and aims to provide an online platform and community of practice.

It aims to support each other and provide opportunities for personal and professional development for early careers researchers in the participating countries and beyond. The motivation came from the established worldwide gender imbalance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This has been amplified by the global COVID-19 pandemic which has affected negatively the careers of women in STEM.


Develop an online platform/ community of practice dedicating to female STEM ECRs;

Develop and roll out an online survey on challenges and suggestions to address the issues faced;

Develop online learning material and support materials;

Launch a mentoring scheme;

Have local charters in each participating country raise awareness and adjust activities to local settings;

Meet the team


We will be happy to hear from you

Your stories, your advice and hopefully your interest to be part of the project, as either a mentor,  a mentee or a collaborator. The project has inclusion and diversity at its core.