SET-Routes is a pan-European network of women scientists from PhD students to institute directors, working in some of the most challenging areas of science: bioinformatics, particle physics, space science, robotics and molecular medicine. Our goal is to awaken young girls' interest in science and to encourage young women graduates to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology – SET.
We aim to tackle the problem of under-representation of women in science by challenging old and outdated perceptions about the "typical scientist" and making traditionally male-dominated fields of study more attractive to women.
SET-Routes combines four initiatives:
- The Way Forward – an international Women in Science Conference
- School Ambassadors
- University Ambassadors
- Insight Lectures
SET-Routes is the result of a unique collaboration between three of Europe's top scientific organisations, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Europe's flagship laboratory for molecular biology; the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), which promotes excellence in the life sciences; and the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), one of the World's most prestigious research centres. Over half the world's particle physicists use CERN's facilities.
SET-Routes is funded by the European Commission under FP6.