The gender gap, particularly in the area of STEM, is a topic of international debate and an issue of great importance to the City of Milan. According to recent studies, the number of female students who are choosing studies and careers in STEM fields remains markedly lower than that of their male counterparts, and this is having a significant impact on the perpetuation of stereotypes and of inequality in the workplace and in society as a whole.

#STEMintheCity is an initiative that seeks to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among young people—and among young women and girls in particular—in the city of Milan and to educate them towards a new STEM culture, as these fields are of increasing urgency in order to face the changes brought about by digital transformation at all levels of the economy and of society. Throughout the month of April, which has been named “STEM Month”, we organized about a hundred training courses, seminars, workshops, and other events for young people ages 5 to 24 and for their parents and educators.

The first edition of #STEMintheCity was enthusiastically received by the public and attracted a great deal of participation, including over 3,000 participants from 54 schools, including 5 universities. More than 50 partner organizations were involved, and leading national and local public bodies and the most important United Nations organizations also gave their support.