Gender and Diversity

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, composed of experts from its Member Organisations.

Gender Equality

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:

  • How to avoid unconscious bias in peer-review processes
  • How to monitor gender equality
  • How to improve grant management practices

Publications on Gender and Diversity

News

(07/02/18) Stephan Kuster is the new Secretary General of Science Europe… Read more

(02/02/2018) Science Europe and NWO have launched an initiative to align RDM policies across Europe… Read more

(18/01/18) Science Europe has launched a framework for discipline-specific research data management... read more

(21/12/17) Science Europe has published its response to the 'LAB–FAB–APP' report… read more

(01/12/17) Science Europe responds to the conclusions adopted today by the EU Competitiveness Council… read more

Documents

(21/03/18) Science Europe has published an Open Letter on the long-term sustainability of research infrastructures… read more