Girls in STEM

Seminar Wed 24 April 2024
time and place

Wednesday 24 April 2024, 14:00–15:15
SNS, Jakobsbergsgatan 18, Stockholm. Registration and coffee from 13:45.

Occupational gender segregation is a prominent feature in the Swedish labor market. One property that commonly distinguish men’s and women’s work is the math intensity and women remain notably underrepresented in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. Part of the issue lies in the fact that many girls do not perceive themselves as proficient in STEM subjects.

Research indicates that girls lose interest at a young age, largely due to stereotypes and biases surrounding STEM and societal expectations regarding the characteristics of a person interested in STEM. How can more girls be attracted to pursue careers in STEM?

Anne Ardila Brenøe has together with Melanie Wasserman conducted a study investigating how perceptions of mathematical proficiency and suitability influence career choices among Swiss students applying for apprenticeships, exploring potential gender differences. During the seminar the research findings will be presented, followed by panel discussion.

The seminar is part of the seminar series Gender equality in the 2020s, a collaboration between SNS and the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University.

The seminar will be held in English.


Anne Ardila Brenøe, Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Zurich

Sara Anvarsson, Vice President, Engineers of Sweden

Anna Sandberg Trolle-Lindgren, researcher in Economics, the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University

Katarina Lundahl (L), State Secretary to Minister for Schools Lotta Edholm

Anna Söderman, Global HR Business Partner R&D and HR Sweden Lead, AstraZeneca

The seminar is chaired by Ilinca Benson, CEO of SNS.


The meeting is free of charge and open to SNS members*, specially invited guests of SNS, academia as well as media. The seminar will take place at SNS, Jakobsbergsgatan 18, Stockholm. Register using registration button above.

*List of SNS members/Information about membership