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Enwise - Gender equality in a wider Europe

In the Eastern and Central European countries and the Baltic States, the communist period and the transition to market economy have created a very special situation for women scientists, different in many aspects from those in the European Union and the other candidate countries. A preliminary approach of it could be found in the national reports that the delegates of the Helsinki Group on women and science delivered to the Commission for these countries.

Since the recommendations put forward in the first ETAN report 'Science policies in the European Union: Promoting excellence through mainstreaming gender equality' focused mainly on Western women scientists, they did not obviously reflect the situation mentioned above.

Therefore, among the Women and Science activities to produce gender equality in science, Action 27 of the Science and Society Action Plan aims to promote gender equality in science in the wider Europe by addressing the situation of women scientists in Central and European countries and in the Baltic States.

In this context, the Commission established the Enwise Expert Group, which worked from October 2002 until December 2003. On January 30, 2004 , this Group delivered its final report , putting forward recommendations on how to improve the role and place of women in the European scientific research (European Research Area's objective) and how to increase the number of female participants from the targeted countries in the 6th Community Research Framework Programme (2002-2006), to the Commission and to the respective political and scientific national institutions concerned.

On September 9 and 10, 2004 a valorisation conference “Enlarging Europe with/for women scientists” took place in Tallinn, Estonia to widely debate the facts and findings of the Enwise report and to validate its recommendations.

A follow-up workshop "Implementing Enwise results" was held in April 2005

In Memoriam

Mioara Tripsa in Budapest, 2 October, 2003Professor Mioara Florica Tripsa passed away on 4 October, 2004 in Brussels, where she had arrived on 21 September with the hope of finding there an efficient treatment against the melanoma she had developed a year and a half ago. Unfortunately, the cancer had already spread to her lungs and this treatment could not even begin… In 2002, Mioara was appointed by the Commission as the Romanian expert in the Enwise Expert Group and as the Romanian delegate to the Helsinki Group on Women and Science by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research.
During the two years of Enwise activities, Mioara showed a sustained and huge dedication to the Group, even after heavy chemotherapy sessions. She participated in two of the Enwise workshops in Budapest, Hungary (October 2003) and in Brussels, Belgium (November, 2003). In both workshops she chaired one of the parallel sessions.
She also was one of the five members of the Editorial Board, whose efforts were crucial towards the finalisation of the Enwise final report. Her last Enwise appearance occurred during the Enwise valorisation conference in Tallinn, on 9-10 September, 2004, where she was a speaker on the role of the Helsinki Group as strategic framework and its feedback effects.
One can find below some of the reactions from her colleagues in the Enwise Expert Group, which all tell about the profound and sensitive human being we’ve lost. (Brigitte Degen)

Mioara has left, for me at least, a pattern of how "never give up", be active till the last moment. (Alina Zvinkliene)

Mioara was kind, noble, warm, enlightened. (Marina Blagojevic)

I just believed that Mioara could be the winner in her life struggle… I will keep her in my mind as she was, always with a kind smile on her face and inspiringly optimistic. (Anke Burkhardt)

It seems that she was a perfect combination of scientist, colleague and friend. (Daniela Velichova)

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