Gender and Science Blog

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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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 15:20
Gender-based research, innovation and development for sustainable economies and societal wellbeing. Brussels, 8-9 Nov 2016Regsitration 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. "We need...
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Friday, September 23, 2016 - 09:45
If you wonder how a gender dimension can be incorporated into R&D projects related to physics, please watch this interview with Prof. Dr. Ana Proykova who is a professor at Department of Atomic Physics at Sofia University (Bulgaria) and Vice-chair of Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, EC Watch.Ana Proykova has a rich history of experiences with incorporating a gender dimension into natural sciences where gender issues have been ignored for a long...
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Friday, September 2, 2016 - 10:34
Let's start the new academic year with the fascinating life and discoveries of Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) via the portrait and fictive letter created by the artist Jennifer Mondfrans.Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) is a Chinese American scientist in physics who made outstanding contributions to the cyclotron particle accelerator, one of the main tools for the current advances in physics. In the beginning of the twenty century she was one of the first women to have access to education in...
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