Special Issue "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM for a Sustainable Future"

Dear colleague, we are happy to announce the possibility to contribute to a Special Issue "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM for a Sustainable Future", edited by Sustainability, an open-access journal by MDPI.

There is evidence that many key performance indicators of academic and non-academic organisations related to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are strongly determined by the workforce's diversity in these organisations.  This points to a need to ensure that increasing diversity becomes a key goal for both STEM educators and STEM industry. Evidence suggests that the number of women resigning from technological job positions remains unacceptably high. For example, in western countries, only 20% or less of graduating engineers are female, and often fewer than 10% are part of the engineering workforce.  To increase diversity, equality, and inclusion in STEM education, many different approaches can be implemented at different levels and to different target groups. This Special Issue aims to address research mainly related to:

  • Theoretical insight into the reasons for this imbalance;
  • Empirical evidence, experimental approaches, and best practices of recruitment and retention in STEM education;
  • Ideas and policy to support gender balance careers in a STEM context.

You can find practical information at the link.

Author Benefits

Open Access: free for readers, with article processing charges (APC) paid by authors or their institutions. Some benefits for articles rated best by the Editorial Board and the Editorial Office can be partially discounted.

High visibility: indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science), as well as Scopus and other databases.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision provided to authors approximately 14.7 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 2.9 days (median values for papers published in this journal in the second half of 2020).

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.  We hope that you find this initiative interesting and you are able to contribute.

Anita Tabacco, Politecnico di Torino (anita.tabacco@polito.it)

Gavin Duffy, Technological University Dublin (gavin.duffy@tudublin.ie)

Alicia GarcĂ­a-Holgado, University of Salamanca (aliciagh@usal.es)

Rachel Riedner, The George Washington University (rach@gwu.edu)

Published on: 24/01/2021