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Messenger: Women in STEM and Cultural Diversity

MESSENGER is one of the only 9 projects funded by the British Council, to share ATHENA SWAN knowledge and experience with Brazilian counterparts.

MESSENGER aims at empowering women in science through mentoring and exchanging experiences (2021-22) (UK-Brazil Gender Equality Partnership funded by the British Council) (2021-22) led by Professor Alexandra I. Cristea.

MESSENGER aims to reduce the gender disparity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) seen all over the world, by promoting the participation of women in undergraduate courses in STEM, both in basic and higher education.

MESSENGER brings together Durham University, UK (represented by Professor Alexandra I. Cristea and Professor Sue Black), the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM: represented by Professor Elaine Harada Teixeira de Oliveira ( and Santa Catarina State University (UDESC: represented by Professor – ISABELA GASPARINI (

MESSENGER is organised in  7 main phases with a diverse and multiple types of interaction, to create a space where girls and women feel safe and welcomed, so that they do not drop out of their courses or find it too difficult to adapt, and are able to find the support needed for their future career in STEM.

Image from the KickOff Workshop, March 2022, Introduction by PI Professor Alexandra I. Cristea

Image from Mentoring Workshop, May 2022, with Donna Herdsman (Home – Talking Talent ( and Sue Black

Brazil Equality Framework Principles