Today women and men are equally represented in the scientific workforces of the majority of EU member states. This is true of both the university and government-funded research sectors, where the average proportion of women in the EU-28 is 42.1% and 42.5% respectively. However, the proportion of women among researchers in the lucrative private sector is only 20.2%. Across the EU as a whole, it can be said that the higher a researcher's average income in a given country, the lower the proportion of women in that country’s scientific workforce.
Join us for three online discussions on key GEDII Project Results
Measuring Research Performance 7 June 2018 13:00 – 15:00 CET/Brussels
Gender Diversity Index 12 June 2018 11:00 – 13:00 CET/Brussels
Sensor based data for gender research 20 June 2018 13:00 – 15:00 CET/Brussels
These online discussions will focus on three main aspects of the research undertaken within the
e-Discussion on Measuring Research Performance (June 7th, 2018 13:00-15:00 CET)
We want to commemorate this International Women's Day, 8th of March 2018, by considering the representation of women in science and technology system (STS). Despite the advancements in this sector and the contrinutions of women in it, only 40,1% of scientists and engineers are women in EU-28
This International Day of Women and Girls Science (11 February 2018) we want to highlight the example and discoveries of the astronomer Vera Rubin (1928-2016).
Rubin was a American astronomer who made the main contribution in science to detect the existence of the dark matter. She defied the consolidated laws of astronomy with her discovery on movement of galaxies. Vera Rubin’s work concluded that the galactic rotation curves follow a flat movement and she also provided evidence for the existence of galaxies superclusters. Her work was initially challenged but finally has been recognised as a “Copernican-scale change” in Astronomy.
Dr. Vernos ( ICREA Research Professor and European Research Council Scientific Council) explains in this video what can European Research Centres do in order to achieve gender equality. She presents, as good practices, the outcomes of the LIBRA project (which it is in an early stage of implementation) and the ERC’s gender balance working group. She then uses her field of research, Biomedicine, in order to illustrate why it is crucial for excellence and quality to include a gender approach to science.
In this video, Dr. Claartje Vinkenburg (independent Consultant & Associate Professor at VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands) explores different issues that become barriers for women's advancement in academia. For example she highlights the lack of real meritocracy in these type of institutions or the consequences of combining care and research. She, then, offers a list of creative solutions for adapting academic careers to diversity.
Rachel Herbert (Senior Market Intelligence Manager, Strategy at Elsevier) explains the main characteristics of the field of Gender Research according to analysis produced by Elsevier, one of the most popular information and analytics companies in the academic field. In this video Herbert exposes why Gender as a research field is growing relatively more than other disciplines, what are the countries leading this growth and its shape, networks and main topics.
Lotta Strandberg on on the Gender Paradox in Science and Innovation in Nordic Countries
Senior adviser, NordForsk; Associate professor, Bergen University College, Norway.
The “gender paradox” is a concept that describes that even if Nordic Countries achieve great rates at gender equality indexes, when focusing on the Research and Innovation field they rate at the European average (and sometimes below). In this video Strandberg addresses the causes of this phenomenon and the actions taken by Nordforsk in order to tackle it.
Professor Giampiero Favato, from Kingston University London (UK), is an specialist in Health Economics who argues that gender neutral health economic models create unsuccessful and expensive health policies. Taking as an example HPV vaccination he suggests adopting a gender approach to health economics discipline. In this video Prof. Favato expands on this argument and reflects on how health policies based on health economics can be better informed by a gender perspective. .
Jeff Hearn, Professor on Gender Studies at Örebro University (Sweden), partner of GenPORT (ST&I) analyses in this video what masculinities have to do with STI. According to him it is crucial, first, that boys and men recognise that they are gendered and socialised in masculinity. He then expands on how the STI field is contstantly sourrounded by the values of masculinity and what can be done in order to correct it.
On the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17th of May, Jeff Hearn, Professor on Gender Studies at Örebro University (Sweden), partner of GenPORT, offers this talk on sexualities in science, technology and innovation (ST&I).
Professor Kumie Inose,Vice-President of the Science Council of Japan, offers a first-hand overview of the situation of gender equality in science in her country. She speaks about both, the progress achieved so far through public policies as well as the key challenges that remain for making science truly gender inclusive in Japan.
GenPORT is an open collaborative portal on which everyone can create a personal account and share publications, videos, teaching materials, projects, practical measures or news on gender with the rest of the community.
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.
Preconceptions based on gender stereotypes are still present when it comes to the assessment of men and women in research. On account of the unconscious application of biased societal patterns, such processes may occur unintentionally and without awareness.
This 8th of March of 2017, men and women across the world are claiming for recognition of women’s work and contributions to society. GenPORT supports these vindications by remembering 8 of the advancements in science led by women.
What is raising awareness and why to do it?