Towards a gender-sensitive scientific culture

March 5th, 14:30-15:00

Supported by national and European research policy, efforts to enhance gender equality in science and research through the promotion of women in science and fostering structural change in research institutions have resulted in considerable progress. Yet until now, implementation and achievements are frequently lacking sustainability, and gender inequality in academia continues as an urgent problem. The contribution will address this situation by putting forward a future-oriented, integrated approach to the promotion of equal opportunities in research and innovation, advocating the creation of a gender-sensitive scientific culture.

Underpinned with examples of European statistics illustrating the current gender representation in various disciplines and fields and in reference to latest EU documents, such as the EU Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and the new EU Gender Action Plan 2021- 2025, three different strategic approaches taken by the European Union to foster equal opportunities in science and research will be outlined. These comprise individual measures (e.g., mentoring and training), structural change in research organizations (increased transparency, flexible working hours, quota), and the integration of sex and gender analysis in research content and ‘gendered innovations’. In a next step, the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS’ integrated framework for the creation of a gender-sensitive scientific culture will be presented, advocating for the consideration of key elements to render existing efforts to gender equality and to equal opportunities in science and research more sustainable.

Dr. Maren Jochimsen

European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS and Essen College of Gender Research, University of Duisburg-Essen

"Maren A. Jochimsen is an economist holding a diploma in economics from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a doctorate in Ecological Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where she subsequently worked as researcher. Her postdoctoral research on the integration of caring activities in economic science took her to the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, and the University of Amsterdam, supported by a stipend of the Swiss National Foundation. Before joining the Essen College of Gender Research, a central research institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, as Managing Director, Maren A. Jochimsen was Secretary General of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS https://epws.org/, an umbrella association of networks of women scientists and organisations working for gender equality and the integration of the gender dimension in science and research, in Brussels . She is currently serving as the association’s vice president."


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The symposium is funded by the "Excellent science" programme of the Ministry of Education and Science (formerly Ministry of Science and Higher Education).