Diversity leads to better research and can be a major resource for scientific excellence. Science Europe feels that all researchers should be enabled to realise their full potential regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disabilities, ethnic origin, or social background. It aims to strengthen national research systems by championing the provision of equal opportunities to all researchers.
Science Europe ran a dedicated Working Group on Gender and Diversity from 2013 to 2016, comprised of experts from its Member Organisations. It has also appointed a Champion to advocate for improved gender equality in the research sector. This is currently Eucharia Meehan, Director of Science Foundation Ireland and member of the Science Europe Governing Board.
Research organisations have a crucially important role to play in addressing gender equality; not only for the benefit of their own ecosystem, but to contribute to progress in wider society. Science Europe collaborates with other relevant initiatives, institutional groups and stakeholders to further promote gender equality in the research ecosystem. Some of these include:
In 2017, Science Europe published a Practical Guide to ‘Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations’. It makes concrete suggestions on how to implement effective change through a number of recommendations and includes many good practices from Science Europe Member Organisations. The guide focuses on three crucial issues: