Women in Industrial Research (WIR)
WIR expert groups
WIST - Women in Science and
Technology • the business perspective - NEW
Started its work in Spring 2005 - chaired by Pierre Bismuth
A commitment for action on attracting, developing and employing
equally men and women in Science and Technology was communicated
at the International Conference on Women in Industrial Research
in Berlin, October 2003, attended by more than 350 representatives
from European Industry. The European Commission agreed on supporting
and extending one of the actions listed as central by the signatories
of this commitment, i.e. to analyse the business case to strengthen
gender diversity in science and technology by a panel of experts
and participating companies.
- A core group of 7 experts from different European regions, the
USA and Canada who will bring a wide range of expertise from different
disciplines – including economics, sociology, cultural studies
and business management – will report on available studies,
analysing information coming from participating companies, providing
scientific evidence, identifying good practices and contributing
to the discussion of strategies and tools.
- Europe-based technology companies will be invited to join the
meetings of the WIST expert group, give input from their companies
and enable the expert group to get access to relevant data.
- Representatives of selected universities will be invited to
discuss strategies to raise promotion of women students in science
and the representation of women in their research departments.
The expert group will deliver a report
on the results of its work which will be disseminated at the European
Forum to be organised in January 2006 with some 300 participants
from companies, universities, media etc.
- The project will make an inventory and synthesize existing expertise
on attracting, developing and employing women in Science and Technology.
- It will develop an integrated approach, taking into account
the economic, sociological and political dimensions.
- The project will confront researchers with companies’
experiences and analysis of good practices.
- It will confront companies with scientific analysis of recent
developments at both micro and macro level.
The primary members are as follows:
the chairman - Pierre Bismuth, the rapporteur Margo Brouns and the
5 other experts - Ruth Graham, Laure Turner, Martha Maznewski, Michel
Domsch and Daniela del Boca.
WIST - List of companies participating (PDF 55KB)
STRATA: Strategic Analysis of Policy Issues, ETAN: European Technology
Presented its report in January 2003
The high level STRATA-ETAN expert
group has analysed the situation of women in research in the private
sector and explored strategies for promoting gender equality in
The group contained 17
members. Most of them were chief executive officers, vice-presidents
or directors of international companies with significant research
departments as well as being political actors. The participants
were selected and invited on the basis of their experience and knowledge,
and their concern for gender equality. They represented
- different branches of industry and different scientific disciplines
(chemicals, pharmaceuticals, IT/communications, media, energy,
services, biotechnology, materials, consumer goods);
- business organisations in Europe, relevant for research in the
private sector, including SMEs;
- policy makers concerned with research in industry.
The group started its work on 22 January 2002 and
presented its report on 23 January
Last Updated: 05/07/2005