Background to the Athena Project

The Athena Project was a national Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) diversity project, which ran from 1999 to 2007.  Its aim was to 'Advance and promote the careers of women in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research and to achieve a significant increase in the number of women recruited to top posts in the UK'.

The project was set up by women in the academic science community, for women in the academic science community.  It was led by research active scientists and engineers and this reflected the focus of the project - women's career progression in science.

The work of the Athena Project is continued by Athena SWAN, which now has over 110 members, and the Athena Forum set up in 2008.

The Athena Forum have produced a report (2014) providing a review of the Athena Project's impact and summarises the different activities and programmes it supported. The summary and full version of the report can be found here.