Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Childcare Policies in Science: Euroscientist

EPWS Vice-President Prof. Claudine Hermann has been interviewed for a recent article on Euroscientist - Inadequate Childcare Policies Affect Scientists’ Careers.

The article, by Janna Degener, investigates the difficulties faced by women scientists in balancing their career with raising children, providing a number of examples of European policies that frame this issue.

"The issue is largely a cultural one. “It is not due to science but due to the cultures of the different countries that the problem of childcare is more on the shoulder of women than men. But the role models and the family models are changing slowly and that affects scientists and other high educated women,” says Claudine Hermann , vice-president of the European Platform of Women Scientists, retired professor of physics at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France, with three children. 

Hermann claims that scientific institutions should invest more money to support female and male scientists with children to compensate the fact that the number of scientists with children varies much from country to country."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Breakthrough Prizes: Physics, Life Sciences, Mathematics

The Breakthrough Prizes honor important, primarily recent, achievements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics.

The prizes were founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang. Committees of previous laureates choose the winners from candidates nominated in a process that’s online and open to the public.

"Knowledge is humanity’s greatest asset. It defines our nature, and it will shape our future. The body of knowledge is assembled over centuries. Yet a single mind can extend it immensely. Einstein reimagined space and time. Darwin distilled the chaos of life to a single idea. Turing figured out what it means to think. Great scientists enrich us all. They enable technologies that ease our lives, but they also show us what’s beyond our horizons."

EPWS on International Innovation

EPWS Vice-President, Prof. Claudine Hermann introduces the Platform on Issue 171 of International Innovation, a leading publication that disseminates research and provides the latest news on funding and policy issues in one easy-to-understand space.

Prof. Hermann discusses EPWS' history, its Members and activities, and the main goals and challenges for the near future.

Read the Full Article on International Innovation



Elisabeth Schiemann Kolleg of the Max Planck Society: Call for nominations

The Elisabeth Schiemann Kolleg of the Max Planck Society is calling for nominations of female postdocs, group leaders, junior professors or female scientists working towards their habilitations in chemistry, physics, mathematics,computer science or technical disciplines.

Within the Elisabeth‐Schiemann‐Kolleg, scientific membersof the Max Planck Society foster the careers of excellent female scientists after their postdoc phase, helping them to succeed on their way to a possible appointment as a University Chair or a director at a Max Planck Institute. Additionally, the Kolleg offers a platform for transdisciplinary scientific exchange. Fellows are not supported financially.

All professors and directors of research institutions worldwide can nominate candidates. It does not matter where and how the candidates are employed, only tenured researchers are not eligible.

A complete nomination includes the candidate’s vita and her brief summary of current and future scientific activities, as well as two recommendation letters, by the nominator and by another professor. One of them should come from a German research institution or university.

Deadline for nominations: February 28th, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

iGIANTS - impact of gender/sex on innovation and novel technologies summit

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is launching a new program called iGIANTS which stands for the impact of gender/sex on innovation and novel technologies summit. It will be an opportunity to highlight groups which have made progress in the sex/gender space and to inspire them to serve as ambassadors for their respective sectors to foster more interest and innovation. It is an exciting time to move from the research bench to the bedside, to the design of driver's seats and cockpits to even computer keyboards and sporting equipment. Sex/gender impacts every aspect of our lives.

Thirty years of research reveal that sex and gender bias is socially harmful and expensive. From 1997-2000, 10 drugs were withdrawn from the market in the United States because of life-threatening health effects. Eight out of these 10 drugs posed greater health risks for women than men (GAO, 2001). It costs billions of dollars to bring pharmaceutical agents to market. Additionally, when these drugs fail or have serious side effects, they cause significant suffering and even death. In regard to transportation, "out-of-position" drivers which are often women lead to more injuries in automotive accidents. Understanding how men and women use information technology is also essential to new engineering designs and novel technologies. Sex/gendered innovations stimulate sex/gender-responsible science and technology which enhances the quality of life of men and women globally.


In 2014, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy developed a blueprint for the formation of the iGIANTS to foster innovation and novel technologies through partnerships and outreach with diverse sectors and stakeholders.

Participants: 50-60 representatives from the following sectors will participate in the Summit: transportation, information technology, biotechnology, and retail. Representation from the following stakeholders will be invited: agencies, academia, industry, advocacy, and the White House.

Format: Brief presentations (10 minutes each) from the sectors represented that have achieved significant accomplishments focused on sex/gender. This didactic session will be followed by break-out sessions in which representatives from different sectors will discuss approaches to incorporate sex/gender into their activities. In a closing session with all participants, groups will share outcomes from their respective break-out sessions and stakeholders will present statements of commitment to promote sex/gender-based initiatives.

Co-Hosts: OSTP, the White House Council on Women and Girls, DHHS Office on Women's Health

Location: White House South Conference Center

Time: Summer 2015


 1) Short Term: Raise awareness of the impact of sex and gender in health care and other sectors. An overview of the challenges and barriers as well as the advantages and solutions to accomplish this will be defined. (Pre-summit)

2) Immediate: Statements of commitment for sex/gender-based initiatives to improve the lives of both men and women will be delivered at the the conclusion of the Summit. Representatives will commit to serve as ambassadors for their respective sectors to encourage further collaboration and participation by their peers to promote the impact of sex/gender as a means to advance innovation and novel technologies. (During Summit)

3) Long Term: Demonstration of progress to incorporate sex and gender into innovation and technology to foster improved efficiency in the work place, daily lives, health care and other sectors. For example, new policies, curricula, partnerships, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and devices will be developed. (There will be a summit one year post initial event to showcase accomplishments.)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ENEA International Fellowship Programme 2015

With the purpose of contributing to the creation of the European Research Area, the ENEA International Fellowship Programme aims at helping researchers to reach or reinforce a position for professional maturity and independence.

In this framework, ENEA invites applications for 8 international research fellowships open to researchers willing to spend a mobility period working in ENEA Research Centre.

The deadline for applications is March 13, 2015.

Fellowships are being awarded to early-stage researchers with less than four-year research experience, since gaining a University diploma giving access to doctoral studies. Candidates will carry out research activities in a broad spectrum of ENEA R&D programmes referring to the main theme of EXPO Milano 2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.

More information:

ENEA implements the European Charter for researchers and the Code of conduct for their recruitment and strongly encourages applications from women.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CERN: Post Career Break Fellowship

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is piloting a programme to offer full-time or part-time Fellowships to science and engineering graduates wishing to re-start their careers. This is an outstanding chance for you to update your knowledge and skills working for up to three years in an international environment at the forefront of research. 

CERN is proud to be involved in COFUND a European Commission Marie Sklodowksa-Curie Action to stimulate mobility and career development through fellowship programmes. Through the COFUND programme, we will be offering a limited number of 3-year Fellowships to top-ranked Senior Fellows. Candidates meeting these requirements will be considered for a COFUND Fellowship. One feature of the COFUND programme is the possibility to spend up to 12 months of the Fellow contract at another institute, provided that the work still corresponds to your original project at CERN. 

Role Description
CERN already runs a very successful Fellowship Programme which awards approximately 180 Fellowships per year in both for research work (experimental or theoretical physics) and advanced development work and related research in a broad range of applied science, computing and engineering fields.

This pilot programme will offer one full-time or two part-time Fellowships and is aimed at candidates with either a Junior or a Senior Fellow profile depending on the qualifications and experience of the individual.

Fellowships are normally granted for two years. Extensions for part or all of a third year are granted only in exceptional circumstances.

Deadline to submit applications: 2 March 2015; 23:59 CET / Deadline to submit all required documents: 4 March 2015; 23:59 CET

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Technical University of Denmark - 20 Fellowships under the international HC Ørsted Postdoc COFUND Programme

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites highly talented young researchers who have obtained outstanding results during their PhD studies and demonstrated excellence and potential in their field of study, to apply for one of the 20 fellowships under the international HC Ørsted Postdoc COFUND Programme, cofunded by Marie Curie Actions. The programme, is named after Hans Christian Ørsted, discoverer of electromagnetism and founder of the university. 

Applications should be based on the details of the full call text, which can be downloaded at
Applications must be submitted via DTU’s online submission form at To apply, please click the link “apply online”, fill in the online application form and attach your application.

Applications received by other means will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted as one compiled PDF and should contain all the requested annexes in the following order:
Annex #2 CV and list of publications*
Annex #3 Ethics issues table*
Annex #4 PhD documentation (or declaration from supervisor)
Annex #5 Letters of recommendation (from graduating university and latest employer) **
* Use templates available for download at
** It is possible for the graduating university and latest employer to send the letters of recommendations in confidence directly to the secretariat.

DTU recommends that the research plan is developed in close cooperation with the hosting research department and professor. The research plan should be formulated to be comprehensible to professors and researchers without expertise in the specialist field in question.

Applicants can apply for an individual postdoctoral fellowship of up to 24 months. At the time of deadline, the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline. The applicant must be an Experienced Researcher, i.e. must have obtained a PhD degree, or be very close to graduating (PhD degree must be obtained by the time of employment).

Application deadline is Monday 23 February 2015 (midnight, CET)

For more information about the programme please visit or contact the secretariat at

DTU welcomes applications from all interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Current Sociology: International Perspectives on Femicide

Special Issue Editors

(alphabetical order)

Santiago Boira, UNIVERSIDAD de ZARAGOZA, (Spain),
Chaime Marcuello-Servós, UNIVERSIDAD de ZARAGOZA, (Spain),
Shalva Weil, HEBREW UNIVERSITY, (Israel),

Femicide is a scourge of humanity and a social problem which is still awaiting solutions. The term Femicide is a “neologism”, used by Diane Russell in 1976 in the first International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women in Brussels and then quickly disseminated among feminists and sociologists working in the field of violence. There are different approaches to this phenomenon. Femicide is the voluntary homicide of a woman, because she is a woman. However, femicide is intrinsically different from homicide. It is more than a way of naming the facts, it includes a cultural change and political agenda.

In 2013, the Vienna Declaration on Femicide in the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, proposed “that femicide is the killing of women and girls because of their gender, which can take the form of, inter alia: (1) the murder of women as a result of intimate partner violence; (2) the torture and misogynist slaying of women (3) killing of women and girls in the name of “honour”; (5) targeted killing of women and girls in the context of armed conflict; (5) dowry-related killings of women; (6) killing of women and girls because of their sexual orientation and gender identity; (7) the killing of aboriginal and indigenous women and girls because of their gender; (8) female infanticide and gender-based sex selection foeticide; (9) genital mutilation related deaths; (10) accusations of witchcraft; and (11) other femicides connected with gangs, organized crime, drug dealers, human trafficking and the proliferation of small arms”.

The social context, motivations, characteristics of the perpetrator, and victim-perpetrator relationship which define the killing of a woman differentiate them from those which define the killing of a man. The Academic Council of the United Nations System has described femicide as a global issue which demands urgent public action. A great share of femicide, ranging worldwide from 45% to 65% of total female victims, is the result of intimate partner violence. Global prevalence studies show that the proportion of murdered women who are killed by a partner is six times higher than the proportion of murdered men by the same type of perpetrator.

This Special Issue aims at assessing state-of-the-art research on this contested topic, by looking at the different levels in which research can improve knowledge and action. The Special Issue seeks to bring together different theoretical perspectives explaining lethal violence against women, and especially to throw light on the theoretical underpinnings claryfying what femicide is and what is the relationship with relevant social phenomena such as poverty, margination, gender inequality and more. Country studies i.e. interpretations of available data and policies linking theory, research and action, are encouraged.

Submission deadline: end of March 2015

Full papers should be sent to the Guest Editors by email, following the Current Sociology Guidelines [see at: ]

Master of Science Programme, Social Studies of Gender at Lund University

The Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender at the Lund University is an interdisciplinary social science master's programme which aims to provide students with the core elements through which current feminist theories, in dialogue with established academic disciplines, have contributed to the understanding of broader social processes. The major objective of the programme is to improve the student’s ability to critically examine, evaluate and discuss the field’s most important theoretical perspectives and research results. With these skills students will be able to formulate and analyse interconnections between theory and practice concerning gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality.

The major aim of the programme is to encourage students to develop their ability to critically examine, evaluate and discuss the field’s most important theoretical perspectives and to be able to formulate and analyse the interconnection between theory and practice in issues related to gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality.

The Social Studies of Gender Programme is given jointly by feminist / gender scholars from the Departments of Gender Studies, Development Studies, Education, Political Science, Social Anthropology, Sociology, Pedagogy, Sociology of Law and the School of Social Work at Lund University. The program provides the opportunity for internships and international exchange semester.

 Application deadline is January 15, 2015 for the study period 28/08/2015 - 09/06/2017.

Göttingen Centre for Gender Studies - Fellowship Programme 2015

The Göttingen Centre for Gender Studies (GCG) is an interdisciplinary academic institution that aims to promote research activities in the area of Gender/Queer Studies at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. It collaborates with different gender networks such as LAGEN (Gender Research in Lower Saxony), the German Gender Studies Association (Fachgesellschaft Geschlechterstudien) and the international network ATGender.

The GCG-Fellowship-Programme starts from summer semester 2015 onwards.

Target Group for GCG-Fellowships 

The GCG welcomes innovative junior and distinguished senior researchers, after PhD (in exceptional cases: end of PhD stage) from Gender/Queer Studies, or related fields with clear link to gender research, national as well as international.

Type of Fellowship-Programme 

The GCG-Fellowship is a non-stipendiary fellowship. In order to encourage the interdisciplinary exchange the fellows are invited to meet members of the GCG, join the events (co-)organized by the GCG, and are expected to present a paper resp. give a talk at least once during their stay.

Length of stay Minimum 1 month - maximum 12 months.


Applicants need to identify 1 or 2 possible hosts (members of the GCG) that will provide the visiting scholar with working space, access to internet, access to facilities. In cases, the applicant has not yet identified an interested host, GCG is willing to serve as mediator.


Cover letter

CV (including information on professional background, list of publication, certificates)

1-2 page letter indicating the research project during the fellowship period, and preferred start and end dates

Letter of the host from GCG

Please note that we only accept digital applications (PDF file, max. 2 MB).

Deadline Deadline for application is: February 28, 2015.

Please send your digital application to: Dr. Jana Husmann E-Mail:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center - 2015/2016 Call for Applications

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center
2015-2016 Research Associate Program Call for Applications
The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center announces a call for applications and nominations for three categories of Associateships in 2015-2016 

(DEADLINE: March 1, 2015)

Located in an area with one of the largest concentration of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives. During the period of appointment, all Associates are expected to be in residence in the Five College area, to attend weekly seminars, lead one public colloquium, and to collaborate with colleagues based at one or more of the Five College institutions. While at the Center, Associates are provided with an office at the Center and have access to Five College archival and other library resources. This is a non-stipendiary residency. Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of the Associate.

We welcome applications from colleagues worldwide for 2015-2016 Associateships in one of three categories:

Research Associateship: Colleagues with faculty status at institutions of higher learning are invited to apply.

Graduate Associateship in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Graduate students at the dissertation stage of their PhD are invited to apply.

Alumnae Associateship: In the spirit of long-term collaboration between Research Associates and Five College Faculty, this Associateship is awarded to alumnae of the FCWSRC who propose 1) a joint research or teaching project with one or more colleagues located in the Five Colleges to be initiated in 2015-2016 or 2) the continuation of an established research or teaching project in 2015-2016 with one or more colleagues located in the Five Colleges.

Applicants should complete our online application at which will also require a project proposal (up to three pages in length), curriculum vitae, and contact information for two professional references. Project proposals should include 1) statement about the contribution to and significance of the project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies, 2) a detailed description of the project or dissertation and timeline, 3) a statement about the contribution and significance of your project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies and 4) how a stay in the Five Colleges will advance the project or dissertation. Alumnae Associates will be asked to provide the name(s) of their faculty partner(s) in the Five Colleges.

For more information, visit or email Applicants may also contact Darcy Buerkle, Center Director, at

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GENIS LAB - Final Conference

On December 12th, 2014 the FINAL CONFERENCE of GENIS LAB (The Gender in Science and Technology LAB) will take place in Dresden, NH Hotel Dresden-Altmarkt from 9 am to 4 pm.

The consortium of Genis Lab involves both scientific partners and partners with expertise in gender mainstreaming tools.

The Consortium is spread around Europe in order to represent different contexts and promote a common idea of gender mainstreaming in science created through networking and a comparative and collaborative approach.

The Final Conference will focus on the GENIS LAB Experience, with a group of selected lecturers who are experts in their field. They would like to give you a lot of very interesting and up-to-date information on gender aspects.

For more information please visit