A sustainable workforce to power Europe’s green transition
Achieving the aims set out in the European Green Deal demands action from all actors of the economy. This means stepping up collaboration between industries, maximizing the potential that digital technologies offer us, and equipping people with the skills needed to master the tools that enhance energy efficiency.
Digital technologies have the potential to enable a 20% global reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, and could prevent 10 times more CO2 emissions than they actually produce. They can also contribute to the greening of the economy through reducing transaction costs, increasing real-time usage of data, shedding light on interdependencies and creating efficiencies. Digitalization allows everyone to do more with less.
We are talking about saving up to 25% on energy bills, for instance, as AI-enabled systems in smart thermostats can analyze the trends of home consumption, and adjust the temperature accordingly to minimize energy waste.
Digital technologies and the green transition are the future of Europe, the bedrock of sustainable growth and sustained prosperity. To make sure that equality and inclusion are also part of the equation, women need to be part of the workforce that will deliver the objectives of the Green Deal.
Upskilling and reskilling are key to closing the gap, as well as promotion of role models: the women of tomorrow should know that professions such as energy technologist are for them as well, and our own Beatriz Durao is a fantastic example of that.
By Angeliki Dedopoulou. Senior Manager, EU Green Policy, HUAWEI.
The Real Women in Tech
As Europe strives to transition to an inclusive digital society, what’s it like to
be a Woman in Tech?
Thirteen dynamic professionals from Romania talk about how they are
progressing in their careers in the tech industry - and the value that female
leadership brings to innovation.
More about the importance of women empowerment for the digital age at our website.
Female innovators get official recognition
The EU seeks to officially recognise the talents and efforts of female
entrepreneurs through its Prize for Women Innovators, which is now open for
Managed by the European Innovation Council and the SMEs Executive Agency, the prize
is awarded to the most talented female innovators from across the EU and countries
associated with Horizon Europe.
Three prizes of €100,000 each are awarded in the main category. A fourth prize of
€50,000 is awarded to a promising ‘Rising Innovator’ aged 30 or younger. The winners
are chosen by an independent expert jury. Deadline for submissions is 30
Find out more here.
Smashing the glass ceiling at the top of the sciences
How to remove the persistent gap between men and women at the top of the sciences
was the main theme of the online COST Connect event on 29 April.
COST is a funding organisation formed 50 years ago for Cooperation in Science and
Technology in 38 European countries. This was its first Connect networking event to
focus on advancing gender equality in research and innovation.
Key points highlighted included the importance of providing parents with access to
childcare facilities, the need to put in place effective work-life balance policies
for women and men, and removing unconscious gender bias and stereotypes.
Participants also stressed the need to give men a more prominent role in gender
equality discussions, so as to change the mindset that gender equality is
predominantly a woman’s issue.
More takeaways from the event here.
The role of men in fostering inclusion
Closing the gender gap, and creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace, was also the theme of an online webinar celebrated in Portugal, current holder of the EU Presidency, on 26 May.
The event, part of the Women In Tech® 24-hour World Tour, was one of the 24 that took place in 22 countries across the world in a 24-hour period, and featuring over 110 speakers brought together by the Women In Tech® Global Movement, an international organisation that aims to “close the gender gap and help women embrace technology”.
Watch the full Portugal debate above, featuring Claudia Mendes Silva, Women In Tech® Ambassador for Portugal, Luisa Ribeiro Lopes, General Coordinator of INCoDe.2030 (the Portuguese Government’s digital skills programme), and Diogo Madeira da Silva, Head of Public Affairs and Communications at Huawei Portugal, who addressed the topic of how men can best help to foster inclusion, among many others.
Women developers meet up to build a more diverse ecosystem
Meanwhile, outstanding female scientists and technologists shared their technical
knowledge, work experience and personal stories at Huawei’s Women Developers’ Summit.
The Huawei Women Developers program (HWD) aims to
encourage more women to create world-changing apps and tools by providing them with
resources, opportunities and platforms for learning, communication and
self-expression - with the goal of building a more diverse ecosystem.
Huawei has launched digital technology enablement programmes for women in many
countries, including Ireland, Argentina, Bangladesh, Kenya or South Africa.
Innovation to change the world
Is technology powerful enough to change the world? How are researchers in Central
and Eastern Europe making a difference?
Agnieszka Pietrzak, Technology Cooperation Manager at Huawei’s Warsaw Research
Center, explains how local talent is fostering innovation and how public-private
cooperation is creating value in the digital era.
Listen to her talk about her exciting job building bridges between universities,
startups and business units, and be inspired by her passion for technology as a
force for good.
Find out more:
Women in the digital era
The EU has over 6 million female scientists and engineers – but more efforts are needed
While the gender gap is still wide in STEM, one area in which women seem to be increasingly holding their own is science and engineering.
There were around 6.3 million female scientists and engineers in the EU in 2019,
according to Eurostat, accounting for 41% of total employment in the field.
By sector, though, women were seriously under-represented in manufacturing (where
only 21% of scientists and engineers are female), while there was more of a gender
balance in the services sector (46%).
Read more from the survey here.
Nordic tech leaders discuss equality in a new podcast
Game-Changing Minds is a podcast by Oslo Business Forum in collaboration with
Huawei in Norway.
In each episode, Siri Børsum, Global VP Eco Development &
Partnership at Huawei, meets game-changing minds and hears their thoughts on topics
like innovation, technology, leadership and attracting female talent to the
Guests to date have included Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO of Schibsted,
Johan Andresen, chairman of Ferd, and Øystein Eriksen
Søreide, CEO of Abelia.
A new episode appears in Spotify on the first Thursday of every month.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Let’s all take a bolder stand for diversity and act about it. Let’s show our commitment to equality.
With more diverse workplaces, we will create a fairer and more equal Europe for all”
Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality
and Digital Transition, the Potential of Women within the Green Deal
Online webinar (14.30-16.30) organised by the Women Entrepreneurship Platform
(WEP), Copa-Cogeca and AgriFoodNetworks. Speakers include Charlene
Lambert, Founding Member of WEP, Lotta Folkesson,
Chairwoman of Copa-Cogeca’s Women’s Committee, and Lesia
Radeliki, member of EU Commissioner Helena Dalli’s cabinet.
7 - 11 June
Tech Global Conference 2021
Top female tech executives speak on a range of topics including the Future of
Work, Innovation, Career & Growth, Corporate Cultures and Leadership.
23 - 24 June
Research and Innovation Days
Launching the first calls for proposals for Horizon Europe, with a new
commitment to equal opportunities for female researchers across the project
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (28 June-1 July). Building on the
success of previous Women4Tech summits at MWC, the event will convene the tech
industry to the wider case for equality, diversity and inclusion. Rachel
, Enterprise Function Networks and Programme Lead at
Accenture, will be the key speaker at the opening
, while Stephanie Lynch-Habib
, Chief Marketing
Officer at GSMA (organiser of MWC), will present the 2021 Diversity in Tech
Global Mobile (GLOMO) Award.
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