The 6th Ewha-Luce International Seminar (hereinafter “2021 ELIS”) will be held fully online, providing 34 emerging women leaders in STEM with opportunities to nurture all-new leadership skills and various tools in the digital era. 2021 ELIS aims to expand their horizons both as women and scientists by equipping them for the post-pandemic era.


Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 16, 2021 (Korea)

Sunday, June 27 - Thursday, July 15, 2021 (US)


9 am – 12 pm (Korea Standard Time)

8 pm - 11 pm (US - Eastern Time)


34 Women Postgraduate students majoring in STEM disciplines

from the United States, Asia and Oceania


Online via Zoom and other online tools


English (No interpretation provided)


Fully sponsored for successful applicants

 What is  ELIS?

The Ewha-L uce  International Seminar

Expanding Horizons


ELIS is an intensive leadership program that draws together highly talented female graduate students from the US and Asia working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM). Carefully prepared by Ewha Womans University and Henry Luce Foundation as part of their efforts to cultivate the next generation of global women leaders in STEM, the program has been held annually in South Korea since 2015. 


ELIS Program Schedule [Tentative]

Korea Standard Time




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Week 3​



Opening Special Talk with Two Presidents (Public Session)

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KIM Eun Mee

Professor Eun Mee Kim is the 17th President of Ewha Womans University. She is Professor in the Graduate School of International Studies. She was appointed as the Vice-Chairperson of Korean National Commission for UNESCO, and as one of the fifteen Independent Group of Scientists to work on the Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 by the UN Secretary-General.  She has served as President of the Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation. Her research interests are economic development of South Korea and East Asian countries, international development cooperation, globalization, and multiculturalism.

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Dr. Mariko Silver is the president and CEO of the Henry Luce Foundation. She was previously the president of Bennington College. During the Obama administration, she served for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Policy. Dr. Silver also served for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as the Policy Advisor for Economic Development, Innovation, and Higher Education. Dr. Silver holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from UCLA; MSc, Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, University of Sussex (UK) and B.A., History from Yale University.

  Keynote Lecture: Gendered Innovation (Public Session) 

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Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University, and founding Director of Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment. She is a leading international expert on gender in science and technology and has addressed the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Korean National Assembly, and numerous funding agencies on that topic. Schiebinger received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship.

Special Lecture: Science for Sustainable Development

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Dr. Shirin Malekpour is Senior Lecturer and researcher in strategic planning and governance for sustainable development. She has been Chief Investigator in multiple transdisciplinary action research programs, focusing on transformative adaptation, futures thinking, scenario planning, and collaborative governance under conditions of deep uncertainty. In 2020, Shirin was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as one of the 15 members of the Independent Group of Scientists who will shape the next Global Sustainable Development Report.

Special Lecture: Science in the Digital Age


AHN Hye Yeon

Dr. Ahn Hye Yeon currently serves as the President of the Korea Foundation for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET), leading organizational efforts to build the capacity of women in STEM fields in Korea and support its enabling environment. Dr. Ahn has an extensive background in the IT industry of over 30-years, with particular expertise in cybersecurity. Dr. Ahn holds a Doctorate Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, USA, as well as Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Ewha Womans University, South Korea.


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