Balancing Gender Perceptions and Realities: The Case of the Petroleum Industry in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Vortrag von Nadia M. Alhasani, Ringvorlesung "For Future Innovations: Gender in Science and Technology"
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It is a documented fact that the fields of applied sciences and engineering are struggling to recruit and retain women, both in academia and the industry. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is the major sponsor of the Petroleum Institute's Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE) with the goal of providing a steady stream of qualified women engineers and scientists to technical positions. With the petroleum industry being the ultimate male-dominated industry, the presentation discusses the results of research conducted on the perception and realities of women holding technical positions within the industry. The multi-phased project tracked perceptions of those already working in the petroleum industry focusing on the change in men's perceived notions vs. actual experiences. The findings are being used to develop programs, workshops and practices that aim to increase retention and reduce attrition, both in academic and the industry.