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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Female scientist in lab coat graphic Women are 38% of senior managers at the JRC and nearly 40% of all staff.
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Feb 10 2017

Women fill 38% of senior management posts at the JRC, showing our commitment to improving gender equality in science and in the European Commission.

Equality between women and men is one of the basic EU values and the European Commission has set a target of 40% for women in management positions. Europe also needs the talent and skills of both women and men to solve its most pressing challenges, and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is committed to promoting the participation of women and girls in science.

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, said: "We urgently need to empower women to take senior roles in science. Not only is this a question of fairness. It will also help clear the way for the next generations and inspire girls to pursue an education in science, technology engineering and maths. Especially at a time when evidence based thinking is under attack, we have to do everything we can to tap into the talent and power of advocacy that female scientists represent."

The JRC counts on the talent of both women and men to create cutting edge scientific knowledge and to underpin European policies. Women are 38% of senior managers at the JRC and more than 39% of all staff.

When it comes to the next generation of scientists, women represent 45% of the participants in the JRC Young Scientists initiative. This shows the JRC's contribution to making sure that the future of science in the EU is based on gender equality and taps the potential of everyone.

Watch the video by Director-General Vladimir Šucha and our scientist Ms Anne-Katrin Bock on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

/jrc/en/file/171456Women in science 2017

Background

Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of efforts in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations has declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Further information

Watch the JRC women in science videos and get acquainted with the work of our female scientists.