VHTO, National expert organisation girls/women and science/technology

VHTO, the Dutch national expert organisation on girls/women and science/technology, makes an effort in many different ways to increase the involvement of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Although research over the past decade has made clear that girls are no less talented than boys in STEM, girls and women are still underrepresented in these fields in education and on the labour market. This is inconvenient for both girls/women and for society. Girls/women have equal rights as boys/men to develop their STEM talents, and society would benefit from fully exploiting all available talent.

Projects and networks

VHTO participates in a great variety of international projects and networks and uses knowledge gained from working with partners abroad to bring best practice into the Netherlands as well as sharing Dutch experiences with international relations. Read more about:

Trend analysis gender in higher STEM education

Since the early 1980s, VHTO, the Dutch National Expert Organisation on Girls/Women and Science/Technology, has been building up knowledge and experience of the participation of girls and women in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and deploying this expertise in areas such as education.

As well as many activities in the field of secondary education, VHTO has in more recent years intensified its activities within higher STEM education. For instance, over the period 2005-2011 VHTO carried out gender activities focusing on STEM study programmes at universities of applied sciences and research universities in the context of the National Platform Science & Technology’s Sprint Programme (with additional funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Department of Equal Opportunities). The conclusion of this programme seemed a good time to examine the current state of affairs with regard to gender and STEM, and what is still needed in the future to improve the gender balance in STEM. Read more in the publication Trend analysis gender in higher STEM education. You can also order this publication by sending an e-mail to vhto@verwijder-dit.vhto.nl