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Gender gap in top levels of science

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Tuesday, 29 March 2005

Gender gap in top levels of science

The number of women in top positions in science is growing, but only slowly. At EU level, women only make up 14% of top academics, but constitute 44% of graduates in science and technology subjects. In a report on Gender Equality in Science, the European Commission sets out the actions on-going and under preparation at European level to promote the role of women in science. Increasing the number of women engaged in science is a crucial element in achieving the EU’s target of 3% of GDP invested in Research and Development.
For the future, a further €5.7m has been earmarked for Women and Science in 2005-2006, bringing the total in the Sixth Framework Programme to around €20m. The Commission will give €2m to start up the European Platform of Women Scientists, which will establish networks of women scientists and organisations working towards gender equality in scientific research. The Commission is also proposing the creation of a European award on excellence in gender research, to raise awareness of the importance of such research.