Changing research landscapes to make the most of human potential
Ten years of EU experience in analysing the situation regarding the field of women in science has demonstrated that the direct commitment of universities and other research institutions is essential.
The conference was organised in Prague on 14-15 May 2009 in cooperation with the Czech Presidency of the European Union. It offered the opportunity to highlight best practices, adopted in EU and third country institutions, in attracting and keeping women, and men, in science and technology careers. During the conference, such methods were discussed, and a number of gender awareness measures to modernise human resources management in research institutions were identified.
The modernisation of universities and research institutions is generally focused on critical issues such as autonomy, funding, accountability, partnership with businesses, quality of research, intellectual property rights, open access to research results, contribution to innovation, community engagement, etc. Human resources management, however, is often not included as one of the main issues - and gender issues are very rarely considered.
Nevertheless, no true modernisation of universities and research institutions can take place if the social relationships governing them remain based on and ruled by stereotypes - i.e. if excellence is biased or if innovativeness is not promoted through "diverse thinking". Gender bias is often the source of the more ingrained stereotypes: tackling it in the management of universities and research institutions could provide the basis for radical change in other fields.
In addition, because the majority of gender based stereotypes are already acquired at school, the conference also included discussions on possible measures at school level, including the identification and elimination of old-fashioned regulations, teaching methods and teaching materials.
Plenary session 14 May 2009
- Opening speech - Miroslava Kopicovà, Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
- Looking back at 10 years of Women & Science activities - Janez Potočnik, , European Commissioner for Research
- Comments on the Commission's activities in Women and Science - Teresa Rees, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
- NSF ADVANCE programme(124kb) - Kelly Mack, US National Science Foundation
- Transforming Virginia Tech: An ADVANCE Case Study(954kb) - Patricia Hyer, Virginia Tech, USA
- Girl to Scientist: What makes some girls take on the challenge while others don't?(23MB) - Cathy Foley, Australian Institute of Physics
- 5 years of Korean Experience in Institutional Transformation for Women in S&T and the next 5 years(2kb) - Kong Ju Bock Lee, NIS WIST
- Women in Science and Technology (WiST): Creating sustainable careers(5MB) - Pierre Bismuth, Schlumberger Ltd
Parallel Session 1: How to attract young people into research?
(Measures at primary/secondary school level)
- Towards better practices in gender-balanced science education in Hungary - Valeria Csépe, Hungarian Academy of Science
- POLLEN Project(1.5MB) - A community approach for a sustainable growth of science education in Europe - Ana G. Blagotinsek , University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Gender and science education: good, bad and surprising news. Results and perspectives from recent research(2.7MB) - Svein Sjøberg, University of Oslo, Norway
- Invisible Witnesses: Gendering of science on TV(806kb) - Liz Whitelegg, The Open University, United Kingdom
- Inclusion and Diversity through Shadowing(260kb) - Lizanne Scott, MOTOROLA
- Ciencia Viva Activities(1.4MB) - Ana Noronha, Ciencia Viva, Portugal
- Promoting science with young children through Performing Arts(2.4MB) - Suzanne Gatt, University of Malta
- "Speed dating" with female professionals in SET(448kb) - Cocky Booy, VHTO, The Netherlands
- Enhancing students' interest and motivation in science learning through an industry site visit(811kb) - Jari Lavonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Parallel session 2: How to change organisations and the working environment?
(Emphasis on national measures)
- The importance of government initiative and institutional commitment to improved gender mainstreaming: a Norwegian example(265kb) - Gerd Bjørhovde, Committee for Mainstreaming - Women in Science
- UK Strategy for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology(5.2MB) - Annette Williams, UKRC
- Women Academics in Science Engineering and Technology with Special Reference to Turkey(219kb) - Gulsun Saglamer, Istanbul Technical University
- Which progress for WiS in Czech Republic? - Marcela Linkova, National Contact Centre - Women and Science
- FEMtech - women in industrial and non-university research(320kb) - Helene Schiffbaenker, FEMtech Kompetenzzentrum - Joanneum Research, Austria
- Narrowing down gender gap in Spanish Scientific Institutions(126kb) - Pilar López Sancho, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid
- How promote gender equality in the higher education system? Some examples from Sweden(2.5MB) - Carl Jacobsson, Swedish Research Council
- The relevance of Gender Issues in the Excellence Initiative at German Universities(3MB) - Susanne Ihsen, Technical University of Munich
Parallel Session 3: How to change organisations and the working environment?
(Emphasis on institutional measures)
- Retaining Scientific Excellence through being WiSER(4.1MB) - Caroline Roughneen, Centre for Women in Science & Engineering Research, Trinity College Dublin Ireland
- Family issues in faculty hiring: professors rarely come singly(1.2MB) - Thomas Eichenberger, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
- How to change organisations & the working environment? Work Life Balance integrated into the business plan(273kb) - Bellinda Paes, Toyota Motor Europe
- Gender Management at Technical Universities(541kb) - Burghilde Wieneke-Toutaoui, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
- C&C work/family balance, experience from Friuli Venezia Giulia Research Coordination Network(386kb) - Ciro Franco, AERA Science Park, Italy
- Women in Science(366kb) - initiatives from The Research Council of Norway (RCN), an EC Charter/Code signatory - Hans Borchgrevink, The Research Council of Norway
- Latent leadership(5MB) - Curt Rice, University of Tromsø, Norway
Plenary session 15 May 2009
- Summary of first day presentations and discussions - Teresa Rees, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
- What can the European Science Foundation do to further gender balance in the ERA?(283kb) - Marja Makarow ESF
- HR-policy at Fraunhofer: attracting more women for applied research(716kb) - Martina Schraudner, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany
- Meeting Global Challenges: Gender and diversity as drivers for a change of scientific culture(1MB) - Carmen Leicht-Scholten, Technical University Aachen, Germany
- Building Success: Projects by Science Foundation Ireland(2MB) - Ruth Freeman,Ireland
- EDF in WIST: work life balance practices(889kb) - Christine Patte, EDF
- Looking to the future of Women & Science - Anneli Pauli, European Commission, Directorate General for Research