Science and gender equality are both vital for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Despite institutional and cultural shifts for bringing more women in STEM education and related careers, we are witnessing gender gaps across all levels of STEM education, in science-related careers as well as at leadership positions. How do we leverage the untapped potential of women trained in STEM?

On the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the DST-Centre for Policy Research at IISc. is partnering with UNESCO, New Delhi to reinvigorate the significance of feminist science, in theory and practice. This panel discussion aims to bring diverse perspectives and different voices for deliberating on feminist approach to science and science policy and exploring the need for dialogue among stakeholders supporting feminist perspectives in Science, Technology & Innovation (STI). We will examine how Feminist Perspectives can provide an alternative to dominant thinking and accounts in Gender and STI. Furthermore, the discussion will aim to suggest the way forward for constructive engagements with Philosophies of Feminist science and science policy which are relevant to the Indian context.

This discussion will be a great learning opportunity for students, early career researchers and policy practitioners who work on gender equity and inclusion in STI.


Prof. Banu Subramaniam

Professor, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Prof. Gita Chadha

Faculty Member, Sociology Department, University of Mumbai, India

Dr. Asha Achuthan

Assistant Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India 


Dr. Nimita Pandey

STI Postdoctoral Policy Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc)

Dr. Debanjana Dey

STI Postdoctoral Policy Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc)


Dr. Nimita Pandey

Ms. Sowmya Narsipur


Prof. T A Abinandanan

Additional Resources

(1) Click here to read the UNESCO article summarizing this event 
(2) Prof. Gita Chadha’s presentation:

(3) Recording of this event: