Gender and Science Blog
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 16:57
What is raising awareness and why to do it?Today only 30% of the researchers in the world are women. There are various reasons why women scientists are underrepresented and struggle with horizontal and vertical segregation, gender stereotypes, gender bias, invisible socio-cultural barriers known as glass ceiling, etc. Women are still relatively rare in academic leadership positions such as department chairs, deans or rectors; as keynote speakers at scientific meetings and conference programmes...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 13:08
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...
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 15:19
The Science, Technology and Space Ministry will set up a NIS 3 million national center for information on gender equality, ministry director-general Peretz Vazan said on Monday. Read the full article on The Jerusalem Post.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 13:52
The analysis of policy instruments and the evaluation of gender equality measures are crucial aspects for enhancing gender equality in research and innovation. In the following post we are highlighting a number of useful resources on the relevance of policy analysis, as well as on the evaluation of gender equality measures in institutions and projects. These include resources that represent insights into evaluation methodology, and examples of guidelines and handbooks for the analysis and...
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 14:25
Watch this new video with Dr. Gerlind Wallon, Deputy Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) on how to push forward with gender equality measures in academic organizations.Dr. Gerlind Wallon shares EMOS's experience and expertise in terms of implementing gender equality measures. She gives three illustrative examples of using quotas in research institutions: during recruitment processes, for scientific committees and participation in research funding...
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 13:47
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....
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 12:17
New tools, New successes, Remaining gapsThere is much positive news to report from the presentations and discussions that took place at the Gender Summit 9 Europe, in Brussels on 8-9 November 2016. In this blogpost, we want to draw your attention first to the several practical and effective tools now available to support gender equality actions in institutions to improve existing processes and practices. Also, we can report on examples of real improvements made and the emerging convergence of...
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 16:55
Emmy Noether was a German mathematician who made important advancements in abstract algebra and theoretical physics. The theorems that she proved about general relativity and elementary particle physics are known as “Noether’s Theorem”.Her fascinating life and struggles within science are once again available through the portrait and fictive letter created by artists Jennifer Mondfrans. The history of Emmy Noether is a paradigmatic example of the obstacles many women...
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 16:26
What are the three most important things the EU Commission can do to further research on gender and science? This was discussed at an energetic open session at the FESTA-GARCIA conference in Brussels involving Professor Ana Arana Antelo from the European Commission and Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer Director of Portia and creator of the Gender Summit and FESTA-GARCIA Conference participants. The priorities included ensuring national co-operation with EU gender initiatives...
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 08:19
Watch this excellent summary by Dr. Jacques Mairesse on the causes of the productivity gap between women and men scientists. Dr. Mairesse is professor at CREST (ENSAE, Paris), UNU-MERIT ( Maastricht University), and NBER (USA). In this interview he will expose recent findings regarding the explanatory factors of gender productivity gap in science in terms of scientific publishing.Dr. Mairesse identifies that inequality in promotion systems in academy and the higher engagement of women in...