Inspiring Girl Expeditions provides opportunities for young scientists

Know any passionate young women who love science and are seeking to challenge themselves? Inspiring Girls Expeditions leads a scientific expedition every summer that helps young women to develop their intellectual, physical and social abilities, whilst facing the challenges of raw nature. Each expedition brings together a group of eight or nine teenage girls and three instructors in the glaciers and fjords of North America or Switzerland. The team spends 12 days conducting field studies alongside professional ecologists, glaciologists and artists. The next edition takes place in summer 2017 and applications are open until 31 January. DiscovHER explores this inspiring initiative.

Going on an exhibition is an exhilarating experience. Spending an extended amount of time outdoors and facing the challenges of nature is extremely tough – but extremely gratifying. Launched in 1999, Inspiring Girl Expeditions hopes that by exposing young women to these experiences, they will be able to create lifelong advocates for science, and give participants the confidence and life tools needed to succeed in their professional life.


Four programs are offered to girls this summer. Girls on Ice Alaska takes place in June; girls from Alaska, California and the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply to explore the Gulkana Glacier. The other expeditions are open to girls from all over the world: Girls on Ice Cascades will take place in Mount Baker, an active volcano in Washington, whereas Girls on Icy Fjords will aim to teach girls about glaciers and oceans on the stunning Bear Glacier. These programs are all open to girls aged 16-17. Finally, Girls on Ice Switzerland is a new program this year, and is open to German-speaking girls aged 15-18.


Throughout each of the expeditions, participants are asked to design their own experiments that they carry out with the help of their team members. All equipment and food is provided free of charge.


As with other expeditions, the Inspiring Girls program aims to select balanced groups with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skills among the participants, so that each team member has something to contribute. The essential criterion is a genuine passion for science, although the organization does try to give places to girls who would not otherwise have a chance to undertake this kind of experience.


Applications to undertake an Inspiring Girls Expedition in the summer of 2017 are open until 31st January. So if you know any young woman that wants to follow in the footsteps of Jackie Ronne, let them know!


Have you been on an expedition? What did it bring you? Let us know @4womeninscience.

L’Oréal–UNESCO
For Women in Science

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