Analyzing gender in science has two levels: counting how many women are participating in science as a labour force and the second is critically examining the knowledge produced in science. The arguments supporting these developments are either using the efficiency in economic terms, human rights, and quality in terms of scientific excellence. Recent research explored how to measure those structural causes and how to implement structural change to improve women’s participation in research. As gender studies as a discipline grew out from humanities and social sciences transformation of STEM research and knowledge production is still at the beginning.
Female postdoctoral fellowship applicants are half as likely as their male counterparts to receive glowing recommendation letters, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO). Led by Kuheli Dutt, assistant director of academic affairs and diversity at the observatory, the researchers also found that both male and female scientists tend to write stronger recommendation letters for men than for women. The findings add more evidence of implicit, or unconscious, bias that women are perceived as weaker in the sciences than men.
The 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowship Awards Programme is now open for applications. We will be awarding five outstanding female early-career scientists a bursary of £15,000. The fellowship awards are open to female early-career researchers working in the field of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences. We are requesting your help to encourage as many applicants as possible to apply online at www.womeninscience.co.uk by the deadline of 25th January 2017.
New tools, New successes, Remaining gaps
What are the three most important things the EU Commission can do to further research on gender and science?
Gender-based research, innovation and development for sustainable economies and societal wellbeing. Brussels, 8-9 Nov 2016
Regsitration closes for the Gender Summit 9 Europe this Sunday. The event will be held in part at the European Parliament and in part at BEL in Brussels. We have 65 speakers coming from 20 countries coming together under the theme Gender-based research, innovation and development for sustainable economies and societal wellbeing. Brussels, 8-9 Nov 2016.
The annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards, a joint ITU/UN Women prize recognizing outstanding efforts in using the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to empower women and girls, are only open for nominations for four more weeks.
Companies, government offices, NGOs and individuals are urged to get their nominations in by 23:59 EDT on 31 July.
Read more about the nomination process and the prize.
- See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2016/6/gem-tech-nomination-call#s...
Supporting women scientists as individuals is not enough to reach gender equality in our scientific institutions. What is required is system-level attention to the structures, practices and cultures of these institutions and how they may perpetuate inequality, even unwittingly. Changing these systems and structures is challenging, so it is helpful to have advice about how to go about such changes, as summarized in the GenPORT Research Synthesis 3 on Institutional Practices and Processes, led by Rachel Palmén and Alexandra Bitusikova.
The European project GENERA aims to help research performing and research funding organisations to create and implement gender equality plans (GEP). We, as the consortium, are convinced that this effort is necessary in order to support actions for the promotion of careers of female researchers. It is a fact that all gender statistics illustrate that women are underrepresented in the entire domain of Research, Technology, Innovation and Physics. Therefore it has been decided to describe the actual implementation of the GEPs in a roadmap. This roadmap will describe all activities supporting the implementation of customized GEPs.
Diplomats, development experts and scientists joined me at the launch of the report entitled “The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Toward 2030: Better Science and Technology for All.” Professor Heisook Lee, President of the Korea Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, and I are the managing editors of the report. We brought together over 25 experts to compile the first edition.
Good Willa Hunting?
Dr Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, USA delivered a video address to the Gender Summit 5 Africa, the first African edition of the GS series. Dr Handelsman outlined the work undertaken by the Obama administrations with respoect to women in STEM and gender equality in STEM.