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

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Data on Diversity: review article

Originally posted in Communications of the ACM.

"People working together can achieve more than they can alone; this is a fundamental principle upon which organizations are founded. Social scientists have shown that teams and organizations whose members are heterogeneous in meaningful ways, for example, in skill set, education, work experiences, perspectives on a problem, cultural orientation, and so forth, have a higher potential for innovation than teams whose members are homogeneous. These findings are not without controversy, yet the implications for the computing industry are profound, given the relative homogeneity of the field along a few important dimensions. Take, for example, the composition of degrees awarded in computer science, computer engineering, and informatics in 2012 at research institutions in the U.S.

• 13.3% of BS degrees, 28.7% of MS degrees, and 19.2% of Ph.D.'s were awarded to female candidates, down from a high of 37% of BS degrees in computer science in 1986.

• 5.3% of BS degrees were awarded to African American candidates, as were 2.7% of MS degrees, and 2% of Ph.D.’s. Among computing professionals, about 20% of CS faculty in U.S. universities are women, and 1.6% are African American.50 Similar numbers exist in industry.

Diversity, bias, and stereotypes have traditionally been discussed in very relativistic terms: surveys of whether people thought there was bias, and so on. In recent years, imaginative researchers have developed ways to gather quantitative data about the benefits of, as well as the challenges to, having a diverse workforce. This article explores the benefits that diversity can bring to teams, and the cognitive factors—namely, stereotypes based on social group membership—that keep us from achieving optimal levels of diversity."

Monday, October 13, 2014

EPWS President honoured with Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Bildnachweis: Bundesregierung/ Sebastian Bolesch

EPWS President Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch has been honoured with the Order of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany in acknowledgement of her pioneering work in the promotion of women in science at national as well as European level. She received the Order of Merit by the German Federal President Joachim Gauck himself in Berlin on 6 October 2014 on the occasion of the Day of German Unity.

Brigitte Mühlenbruch worked as a scientist at the University of Bonn for almost 20 years before becoming the University’s first Equal Opportunities Commissioner 1988-2000. Since the late 1980’s her research and concept development have focused on gender equality, gender mainstreaming, and programmes and processes regarding the recruitment and retention of female scientists in Germany as well as at the EU level. She was founder and long-term spokeswomen of the Federal Conference of Gender Equality Officers in Higher Education in Germany (BuKoF) 1992-1999 and co-founder and Vice President of the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation.

Brigitte Mühlenbruch initiated the Center of Excellence Women and Science CEWS in Bonn and was its Managing Director 2000-2005, managing several research projects funded by the German government and the EU in the field of gender equality in science. Under her leadership, CEWS drafted the winning proposal for the establishment of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS in Brussels and signed the contract with the European Commission in 2005. In her different capacities, Brigitte Mühlenbruch is member and scientific advisor of several high profile national and European scientific committees, commissions and expert groups.

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation. The Order of Merit may be awarded to Germans as well as foreigners for achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm and for all kinds of outstanding services to the nation in the field of social, charitable or philanthropic work. No pecuniary reward is attached.

More information:

Direct contact: Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch 

Author: Maren A. Jochimsen

The full text of the EPWS press release can be downloaded here

HerStories: Wisdom and Encouragement from Women in Physics

Following the 2014 International Conference on Women in Physics, a video has been produced of the inspiring stories of some of the 210 delegates who came from 51 countries world-wide.

The ICWIP proudly presenst the video production HerStories: Wisdom and Encouragement from Women in Physics.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Open Public Consultation on the potential priorities for the Horizon 2020

The European Commission has launched an open public consultation on the potential priorities for the Horizon 2020 'Science with and for Society' work programme of Horizon 2020 covering the period 2016-2017.

"The aim of this consultation is to obtain views and contributions from a broad constituency on the potential priorities for the 'Science with and For Society' work programme part covering the period 2016-2017. These contributions will complement the opinion provided by an External Advisory Group of high level experts set up by the Commission according to article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 establishing Horizon 2020. 

The present consultation is structured around a set of questions, which take into account the policy thrust and general framework set by Europe 2020, Innovation Union and the European Research Area, and builds upon the Science with and for Society part of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015."

Rosalind Franklin Fellowships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Groningen

"The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Groningen harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials to engineering, from pharmacy to ecology, and from computer science to astronomy. Our researchers pursue fundamental key questions while collaborating with partners from industry, the medical world and other realms of society. Frontline research groups explore new fields such as synthetic biology and sustainable energy use."

The University of Groningen initiated the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme to promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest levels of the institution. The ambitious programme has been running at the Groningen Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences since 2002 and at the University as a whole since 2007.

The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is aimed at women in industry, academia or research institutes who have a PhD and would like a career as full professor in a European top research university. The Fellowship is only awarded to outstanding researchers. Successful candidates will be expected to establish an independent, largely externally funded research programme in collaboration with colleagues at our Faculty and elsewhere.

They will also be expected to participate in and contribute to the development of the teaching programme of their discipline. The University of Groningen has 30 tenure track positions available in this programme, currently cofunded by the European Union.
We invite ambitious female academics to apply for these positions

Please note: recruitment for the current round starts on 1 October 2014 and ends on 1 December 2014. For questions on the fellowship programme or research at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, please send an email to Dr L.J.A. van Putten. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

New pan-European pension fund to boost researcher mobility

"Mobility of researchers in Europe received a boost today with the launch of a consortium that aims to establish a new pan-European pension arrangement. Once put in place, the RESAVER initiative would mean that researchers could move freely without having to worry about preserving their supplementary pension benefits.

The consortium plans to set up the pension arrangement in 2015. It will enable researchers to remain affiliated to the same pension fund, even when changing jobs and moving between different countries. The European Commission will cover the initial set up costs through a four-year framework contract that will be awarded before the end of 2014.

The consortium will be working as an international not-for-profit association registered in Belgium. The founding members are: Central European University Budapest; Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC-ERIC); Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A; Fondazione Edmund Mach; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia; Technical University of Vienna; and the Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU).

European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "We have worked hard to boost the free movement of knowledge in Europe. Our €80 billion research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 was built with this in mind. Pensions are a serious barrier to free movement, but today that barrier has begun to crumble. I strongly encourage research organisations across Europe to join the consortium."

By participating in RESAVER, employers will be able to sponsor one single pension arrangement. It will be a highly flexible retirement savings product that corresponds to the specific needs of the research community, and is capable of delivering:
  • cross-border pooling of pension plans;
  • continuity of the accumulation of pension benefits as professionals move between different organisations and countries during their career;
  • lower overhead costs (and therefore improved member benefits) through economies of scale;
  • a pan-European risk pooling solution.

The fund will help get closer to the European Research Area (ERA), a true 'single market for research'. The second ERA Progress Report, published on 16 September 2014 (IP/14/1003), confirmed that researcher mobility has serious benefits. For example, the research impact of researchers who have moved between countries is nearly 20% higher than those who have not. They generate more knowledge, which in turn means bigger benefits to the economy."

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Job Posting : Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University

Faculty of Business Oxford Brookes University UK

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (Equality and Diversity)

Starting salary: Lecturer starting salary £33,242, rising annually to £36,309

Senior Lecturer £38,511 rising annually to £47,328 

Closing date: 7 October 2014 

The Department of Business and Management is a key part of the Faculty of Business and has grown considerably in recent years. The expansion of the Department is intended to consolidate and enhance its research standing both nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will join the Department of Business and Management and will contribute to research informed learning and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We are looking for candidates offering a specialism in equality and diversity in the labour market and/or the workplace to make a significant contribution to the research programme of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice. The Centre brings together academic and practitioner expertise to undertake policy related research and develop best practice in the area of equality and diversity in the workplace. It has carried out a sustained programme of externally funded research focusing on gender, age diversity and work-life balance. Applications from candidates with expertise in these areas or other areas of equality and diversity are welcome.

The successful candidate will also be able to teach effectively on a range of academic and professional programmes.

All applicants must be able to provide evidence of a clear research trajectory.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Director Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice on 01865 483843 or by email or Joy Butcher, Programme Lead, 01865482505 or

For further information and to download an application form please see Brookes Vacancies:

The Open University : Inspirational Women in Science (Poster Series & Podcast)

"In the past, the world of science was often seen as somewhat the preserve of men. Luckily in more recent times these perceptions have changed dramatically, with more and more women studying and working in science.

But even before these more enlightened times, women have made a tremendous contribution to the different fields of science (even if they haven't always been credited fully for their work). Some of their amazing work has had a profound effect on how we look at the world today.

To celebrate their outstanding achievements The Open University talked to female scientists currently working in The Faculty of Science. We asked them to share their personal nomination for ‘Outstanding Woman of Science’ and to also share their experiences.  These interviews have been compiled into a ‘Women in Science’ podcast as part of ITunes U.  You can listen to this here and be sure to take a look at the posters we made to commemorate some of the most outstanding and famous female scientists in history."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Faculty position in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Living, Lausanne - Switzerland

To promote women's leadership in the broad field of urban ecology and sustainable living, EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering(ENAC), with the support of La Mobilière Insurance, seeks to hire an outstanding woman as a tenure-track assistant professor or, in exceptional cases, at the associate or full professor level, for a faculty position in this field.
The candidate should embody a holistic vision of urban ecology and/or urban ecosystem services from one or more of a range of approaches including but not limited to: monitoring and bottom-up modeling methods for the environment (e.g. with reference to human mobility and urban micro-climate); urban metabolism and energy/material flow analyses; urban ecology, food urbanism; urban and landscape design; city growth mechanisms and environmental impacts; public spaces and urban well-being. The candidate should be able to conduct project-oriented teaching that links the natural, the built and the social environments towards sustainable urban living systems, at different scales.

A more extensive description of the position can be found here (pdf).
The successful candidate will have the potential to develop an innovative and internationally recognized research program leading to an outstanding record of scientific accomplishments. 
As a faculty member of the ENAC School, she will excel in undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervise doctoral students.
We offer significant start-up resources and internationally competitive salaries and benefits as well as excellent experimental and computational facilities. 

To apply, please follow the application procedure at

Monday, September 1, 2014

European Inventor Award - 2015 nominations

The European Inventor Award is presented annually by the European Patent Office to inventors who have made a significant contribution to innovation, economy and society in Europe. Inventions from all technological fields are considered for this award. As one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind, the European Inventor Award pays tribute to the creativity of inventors the world over, who use their technical, scientific and intellectual skills to make a real contribution to technological progress and economic growth and so improve people's daily lives.

Launched by the EPO in 2006, the award gives inventors the recognition they deserve. And, like every competition, it acts as an incentive for other potential winners. It helps to protect ideas and encourage innovation.

The 2015 European Inventor Award is already open for new entries.

Whether you work in industry, at a university or research institute or for a professional association, are an individual inventor, or even just someone with an interest in the work inventors do, this is your chance to join in by entering your favourite inventor or invention for the award.

Besides the general public, the EPO also calls on its 4 000 examiners to enter groundbreaking inventions from their technological area. Examiners at the national patent offices are likewise invited to join in and put forward outstanding inventors.

The deadline is 10th October 2014.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Horizon 2020 - Call for Partnership in Gender Equality Project

A team of women researchers from FLACSO-Chile (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences)who have significant background on gender studies and gender barriers to accessing science and higher education is looking to be part of a proposal/research consortium for the H2020 CALLS FOR PROMOTING GENDER EQUALITY IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION H2020-GERI-2014-1 and H2020-GERI-2015-1.

This team working with CONICYT (National Council for Science and Technology), a governmental organization who is very interested in implementing gender equality plans at universities and other research organizations.

 If you are part of or have knowledge of any consortium that is being built and is interested in integrating Chilean partners, please contact Dr. Sonia Yáñez, Senior researcher, at Flacso Chile.