The National Institute for Supporting Women in Science and Technology(NIS-WIST) 1) of the Republic of Korea has been running the "Science Communicators Training Program(SCTP)" since its launch in February 2005. The SCTP is comprised of courses focused on enabling women with advanced science and engineering education including unemployed, returning and retired with skills such as basic science, perception and psychology pedagogy and performance planning and writing, through which they can convey their scientific knowledge to the public. Over 190 people have completed the courses throughout its five runs between 2005 and 2007. Currently, 84% of graduates are employed, they have been the opportunity to create a new position called 'SC(Science Communicator)', as science lecturers, curators in the science Museum, coordinators in the government initiated public science classes, science columnist in a newspaper or magazine, science player in various institutions backed by the recommendation of the NIS-WIST. It is our anticipation to discover highly-educated women in the science and technology(S&T) field, enabling them to enter and actively progress in S&T careers as their contributions are also committed for the spread of science popularization and fostering the public understanding on science.

1) NIS-WIST(National Institute for Supporting Women in Science and Technology, Republic of Korea) has launched in accordance to Article XIV, Clause 2 of the "Act on Fostering and Supporting of Female Scienctists and Technicians." Having been officially designated and supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Korea, NIS-WIST operates and manages educational and consultative services on information, training, career development, networking, research, policy recommendation and publicity at national, regional and international levels.

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Increasing the Participation of Science Communicators through the NIS-WIST program

Ju-Young Min   National Institute for Supporting Women in S&T

Kong-Ju-Bock Lee   NIS-WIST

Ji-Eun Lee   NIS-WIST

The National Institute for Supporting Women in Science and Technology(NIS-WIST) 1) of the Republic of Korea has been running the "Science Communicators Training Program(SCTP)" since its launch in February 2005. The SCTP is comprised of courses focused on enabling women with advanced science and engineering education including unemployed, returning and retired with skills such as basic science, perception and psychology pedagogy and performance planning and writing, through which they can convey their scientific knowledge to the public. Over 190 people have completed the courses throughout its five runs between 2005 and 2007. Currently, 84% of graduates are employed, they have been the opportunity to create a new position called 'SC(Science Communicator)', as science lecturers, curators in the science Museum, coordinators in the government initiated public science classes, science columnist in a newspaper or magazine, science player in various institutions backed by the recommendation of the NIS-WIST. It is our anticipation to discover highly-educated women in the science and technology(S&T) field, enabling them to enter and actively progress in S&T careers as their contributions are also committed for the spread of science popularization and fostering the public understanding on science.

1) NIS-WIST(National Institute for Supporting Women in Science and Technology, Republic of Korea) has launched in accordance to Article XIV, Clause 2 of the "Act on Fostering and Supporting of Female Scienctists and Technicians." Having been officially designated and supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Korea, NIS-WIST operates and manages educational and consultative services on information, training, career development, networking, research, policy recommendation and publicity at national, regional and international levels.

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