Gender and Science Blog

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 13:56
Henrietta Swan Leavitt  was the astronomer who discovered the relation between the variable brightness of stars and their pulsation periods, a mechanism the laid the foundation for estimating cosmic distances. Although her contributions were crucial for the further advancements in astronomy, she did not receive any public recognition of her achievements during her lifetime. The mathematician Gösta Mittag-Leffler tried to nominate her for the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1926, however...
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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 13:29
Are you planning to take part in the next phase of Horizon 2020 programme.  Here we list some key resources showing how gender fits into the six societal challenges prioritized in the H2020 programme for 2016-2017.  They will help you identify key research question and methods for analyzing gender issues relevant to health, food, energy, transport, climate change and environment, and inclusive societies.Health, demographic change and wellbeingAmeratunga S, Hijar M, Norton R, Road-...
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 10:02
George Pólya, the world famous mathematician said in 1985: „Mathematics is the cheapest science. Unlike physics or chemistry, it does not require any expensive equipment. All one needs for mathematics is a pencil and paper.“ One could add, in one breath – and be a man.
 Good Willa Hunting?George Pólya, the world famous mathematician said in 1985: „Mathematics is the cheapest science. Unlike physics or chemistry, it does not require any expensive equipment. All one needs for mathematics is a pencil and paper.“ One could add, in one breath – and be a man. Historically, mathematics was socio-culturally perceived as one of the most masculine scientific disciplines. The gender stereotypical image of a mathematician standing by the big green...
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Friday, November 27, 2015 - 17:41
On the eve of the 2015 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony (10th  December 2015) we want to draw the attention to Marie Skłodowska-Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) as the first women who won a Nobel Prize back in 1901. In fact, she was the first person to receive this important scientific award twice: the first in 1901 in Physics and the second in 1911 in Chemistry.With her pioneering research on radioactivity, Marie Skłodowska-Curie demonstrated against the predominant...
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Monday, November 16, 2015 - 22:09
There is a simple answer to this question, and a more complicated answer. The simple answer is that gender refers to the different ways in which sexual differences between people appear differently in different times and places, societies, cultures, and across people's lifetimes. Thus, gender is seen as to some extent based on but distinct from sex; even if, confusingly, gender is  sometimes used interchangeably with sex. While gender is often still taken to mean women and...
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 16:21
Are you interested in research on the reconciliation of family life and work? Are you looking for projects and articles about family-friendliness in academia, researchers' career paths and the issue of the leaky pipeline in science? In this post we introduce a list of key resources touching on various topics regarding the reconciliation of family and work in science. The 11 presented resources are far from being exhaustive – they should rather be understood as an invitation to join...
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 16:09
Taking the opportunity of the Ada Lovelace Day (October 11th) we will start publishing a series of posts dedicated to historical women scientists.  This will happen in collaboration with the San Francisco based artist Jennifer Mondfrans and her work entitled “At Least I Have You, To Remember Me” - displaying portraits of women scientists accompanied by fictive letters from the past to the present reader – you.To commemorate the international celebration of the...
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 12:41
This week is the Europe Code Week, an initiative launched by Neelie Kroes’ Young Advisors with the support from DG Connect at the European Commission. The Europe Code Week aims “to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way”. More than 2.000 events have been organized from the 10th to the 18th of October 2015, including a video contest or challenges and certificates in coding literacy for schools, among others. It is not by chance that during this...
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Monday, October 5, 2015 - 18:09
Are you interested in how diseases affect differently women and men? Do you want to share any research or initiative about gender and health? Are you looking for tools to implement the gender perspective in health and medical science? In the following post we introduce an initial list of key resources touching on these and other topics regarding gender and medicine. The 10 presented resources are far from being exhaustive – they should rather be understood as an invitation to join GenPORT...
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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:29
The DFG-Toolbox is an online information system that presents selected real-life examples of gender equality measures within the research community in Germany. The examples illustrate the possible breadth of measures and provide ideas which users can apply in their own working environments. The models in the toolbox are selected in a quality-assured process – both to ensure that the chosen examples are of high quality and sufficient diversity and to prevent duplication. The database has...
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