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Future of gender equality in science

In this interview, Prof. Claudine Hermann discusses her experience as a woman scientist and as activist for gender equality in science. Claudine lays out the most important problems faced by women researchers and shares policy ideas that may help to achieve gender equality in science in the future.
Video abstract: 
  • Podcast 1 is about Claudine's experience as a woman scientist and the issues faced by women scientists in general
  • Podcast 2 imagines the future of women scientists
  • Podcast 3 looks at the gender issue in Horizon 2020 and European research

To listen to this interview, please click on the podcasts on the right of this page. A synthesis report is also available for download below.


Claudine Hermann was Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique, the most renowned French engineering school. Her research domain is optics of solids. She is an alumna of the Ecole Normale Supeperieure de Jeunes Filles and her PhD (1976) is in solid state physics. She was the first woman ever appointed Professor at Ecole Polytechnique in 1992.
Since then, in addition to her activities in physics, she has been studying the situation of women scientists in Western Europe and promoting science for girls, by papers and conferences, in France and abroad. She has worked in a team for many years with the late Huguette Delavault, a retired Mathematics Professor at Paris University.
Claudine is the Vice-President of The European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS) – an international non-profit organisation that represents the needs, concerns, interests, and aspirations of more than 12.000 women scientists in Europe and beyond. She is also a co-founder and the first president of the association Femmes et Sciences (French Women and Science Association). She is now the vice-president of this association.
Claudine is the author of 80 referred papers in Physics and 30 in the field of Women and Science.

Interview Record: 
Claudine Hermann


  1. Being a woman scientist
  2. The future of women scientists
  3. Gender in H2020 and European research