Gender and Science Blog

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 11:53
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.Her message is also an invitation to participate in the Gender Summit 10 Asia-Pacific “Better on Science and Innovation through Gender, Diversity and...
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Friday, April 7, 2017 - 17:39
We would like to express our thanks to more than 450 registered users, who have uploaded more than 1000 high quality resources on GenPORT. 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. On GenPORT, you will find resources on how integrate the gender perspective in research contents in...
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Monday, March 13, 2017 - 15:00
IntroductionAnalyzing 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...
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Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 15:16
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.But what does it take to eliminate implicit gender bias? The aim of this listicle is not to present an entire report on this topic, but to highlight a number of useful resources dealing with recognizing and reducing such bias. Please feel...
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 17:48
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.Basis of Nuclear Physics (Marie Skłodowska-Curie) X-ray diffraction image of DNA (Rosalind Franklin) Programation with symbols what is basic for the artificial intelligence (Ada Lovelace) “Induced radioactivity” used for treatment...
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Friday, March 3, 2017 - 16:08
In the following video interview, Lisbeth Øyum and Tove Håpnes both Senior Research Scientists at SINTEF in Norway explain their approach to introduce gender equality measures at SINTEF.Among other things, they talk about how to overcome resistance against the implementation of gender equality measures, about training programs for men and women from a gender inclusive perspective or actions to promote women researchers.  Lisbeth Øyum & Tove Håpnes on Implementing...
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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...
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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...
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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. 
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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...
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