How can we encourage more women to study computer science?

How can we encourage more women to study computer science?

Women are widely underrepresented in Computer Science. In this Direc Talk, Associate Professor at ITU Claus Brabrand considers why this is a problem from a societal, institutional, and individual level.

About the event

Thursday, September 23, 2021 3:00 PM - Thursday, September 23, 2021 4:00 PM


In 2015, only 10% of students on ITU’s Bachelor of Software Development were women. ITU decided to do something about this and a number of initiatives were launched. Now, the percentage of women has risen to 23% (in 2020). We will present an overview of ITU’s efforts to address this gender imbalance in computing.

Also, we will present brand new research on how to change educational activities so that they appeal more to women.

Finally, we will show the effect of ITU’s onboarding initiative BootIT and how this connects with increasing diversity.

The talk is based on joint work with among others: Melissa Høegh Marcher, Ingrid Maria Christensen, Therese Graversen, Pawel Grabarczyk, and Sebastian Mateos Nicolajsen (all from the IT University of Copenhagen).

The event is free. Sign up here.