About this Research Topic
Gender inequality represents one of the major problems that affect the academic world and scientific progress. At present, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes discourage women away from science-related fields, especially engineering. Engineering as a whole is a historically, and currently, male dominated research field and ensuring that female voices and research receive equal - and indeed greater - visibility, attention, and respect is of vital importance.
Scientific progress is only possible and greatly accelerated if we have gender equality. More women involved in a scientific field results in an expansion of the general knowledge in that field. Today, while a gender equal society might be seen as both beneficial and desirable, it is becoming extremely important to show, especially to younger generations, the growing impact of female researchers in science.
This Research Topic aims to highlight and showcase the high-quality research of women across the entire breadth of the aerospace engineering field, and present advances in theory, experiment, and methodology, with applications to compelling problems.
A mix of full Original Research, Brief Research Reports, Reviews/Mini-reviews, Perspectives, Methods, and Hypothesis and Theory papers are welcome. We also welcome manuscripts celebrating the contribution of outstanding female researchers in the field, and gender studies on the role of women in the field, in order to make sense of the inequalities and the opportunities afforded.
Please note that to be considered for this collection, manuscripts should have a lead and/or corresponding author who identifies as female. Early career researchers are more than welcome to team up with senior female colleagues. Co-authors can be of any gender identity.
Topics within the scope of this collection include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Air and space propulsion, power, energy, fuels, and energetics
• AI-enabled aerospace systems
• Navigation, guidance, and control methods and technologies
• Reconfigurable and fault tolerant flight control and guidance
• Aerodynamics and flight mechanics
• The fundamental properties of materials and structures and their applications to aerospace engineering
We hope that this Research Topic will be the foundation of an international network of female researchers, a starting point for future collaborations and discussions.
Keywords: Aircraft Propulsion, Aviation, Avionics, Energetics, Aerodynamics, Flight Mechanics, Aircraft Materials, Aircraft Structures, Navigation, #CollectionSeries, Aviation Education
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.