Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EPWS Paris Conference: New Perspectives for Women Scientists Careers in Europe


The EPWS Paris Conference 
“New Perspectives on Women Scientists Careers in Europe”
  will be held on June 11th 2014.

It will be followed by the EPWS General Assembly.  


 

Organized by the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS
at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research
Amphitheater Stourdzé, Paris


Updated Programme

10.00 Opening by the French Deputy-Minister of Higher Education and Research (to be confirmed)  

10.10 Welcome address Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch, President of EPWS  

Session 1. Gender in the new European Framework Programme Horizon 2020 Chair: Yvonne Pourrat, ECEPIE and CDEFI  

10.20 Welcome by Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Member of the European Parliament, President of the European Union of Women  

10.35 “Gender in the European Research Area and in the new European Framework Programme Horizon 2020”, Viviane Willis-Mazzichi, Head of Sector “Gender”, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

 11.05 "Contact Point Women into EU Research - best practice and strategies for Horizon 2020", Nadine Heller-Genath, Contact Point Women into EU Research / FiF, Bonn, Germany 1

1.30 Current gender- related EU projects: INTEGER, Anne Pépin, CNRS, France ; EGERA, Maxime Forest, Sciences Po, France; GenderTIME, Anne-Sophie Godfroy, UPEC, France; GENOVATE, Ilenia Picardi, project manager, University of Naples Federico II, Italy; STAGES, Giovanna Declich, ASDO, Italy.  

12.30-14.00 Lunch Break
  
Session 2. Up-skilling Women Scientists Careers - European and French perspectives Chair: Claudine Hermann, EPWS and Femmes & Sciences  

14.00 Key Note Speech: “Women, Gender & Science: Modern sexism in action” Prof. Nicky Le Feuvre, University of Lausanne, Switzerland  

14.40 Round table on Human Resources Management in R&D in the private sector and in public research institutions : Sophie Sergent, IFREMER ; Colette Guillopé, UPEC ; Marie-Stéphane Pefferkorn, Airbus Group

15.15 Mentoring experiences in France (Florence Clauzure, SAFEGE company, Christine Charretton, femmes et mathématiques and May Morris, Femmes & Sciences) and in Europe (Helene Fueger, University of Fribourg, Switzerland) 1

6.05 Conclusion André Béraud, ECEPIE  

16.15 Coffee and Networking  

16.45 EPWS General Assembly (only for EPWS members)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Science: it’s a people thing. Discussion workshop materials from the Institute of Physics




The Institute of Physics organised a discussion workshop at the Big Bang Science Fair in London in March 2013.

Girls who attended the sessions spoke about the myths and facts about girls and women in STEM careers, and came up with ideas on how to make a lasting difference.

"The Institute of Physics has worked in partnership with WISE and Intel to create this workshop, designed to inspire girls about the STEM subjects where they are under-represented, such as physics and computer science. It shows them how these subjects connect with issues that girls care about and their importance as a gateway into a wide range of interesting jobs and careers.

The workshop uses role models to facilitate small group discussion and explore gender stereotyping in a comfortable and safe environment. The session is suitable for girls aged 13–16, but could be easily adapted for use with a younger age group aged 11–12."

The Institute of Physics has now made available a number of resources from the workshop.

"The resources include all that is needed to run a session of either 60–90 minutes, or a longer half-day event. The pack is for teachers, as well as ambassadors and role models going into schools. It includes advice on how to find role models and brief them as well as editable Powerpoint slides to use in the workshop.

There is also a call-to-action z-card for students to take away from the event, which can be ordered in bulk from IOP - email education@iop.org for these."


Download the Materials:


Monday, April 7, 2014

Closing Doors: Exploring gender and subject choice in schools - an IOP Report




Closing Doors is an Institute of Physics report that uses the National Pupil Database to look at progression to a number of gendered A-level subjects from co-educational schools.

"Main Points include:

Nearly half of co-educational state-funded schools (49%) are actually making the gender imbalance in these subjects worse, but the small number of schools (19%) that send on relatively more girls to do A-level physics also have a smaller gender imbalance in progression to other subjects.

It follows that whatever factors limit the progression of girls to A-level physics in a school are likely to depend on the whole school environment.

Recommendations include:
  1. School accountability measures should include an indicator of gender imbalance in progression to A-level and other post-16 qualifications. Ofsted should require schools to monitor and counter gender imbalance in progression, participation and achievement.
  2. Schools should reflect on their own statistics and put in place whole-school measures to counter gender stereotyping."


Friday, April 4, 2014

Computing Heritage



Computing Heritage is a collection of short films produced by Google commemorating the early days of computing and the Internet.

In the video above, we can watch several testimonials about the EDSAC, an early British computer.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

European Women Researchers Day - 2014




The European Women Researchers Day is an annual event taking place simultaneously in different research and higher education institutions around Europe which share a commitment to scientific excellence through gender equality. The launching of the European Women Researchers Day will take place on 28 March 2014, with events being held at the National Center for Scientific Research, France and the University of “Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, Iasi, Romania.

The objective of European Women Researchers Day is to contribute to the career development of women researchers by increasing their visibility and creating opportunities for exchange and networking at European and international level.

- By supporting the creation of a European Women Researchers Day, the FP7-funded projects on gender equality through structural change are making a joint statement towards an international acknowledgement of the importance of gender equality in science. 

- Following this year’s events, research and higher education institutions in Europe will be invited to state their interest in taking part in the organising committee of the 2015 European Women Researchers Day.





Thursday, March 6, 2014

EPWS Newsletter - March 2014





The EPWS Newsletter of March 2014 is now available.

In this issue:


- SAPGERIC conference, Vilnius Lithuania - Report
- Bridging the Gender Gap and Accelerating Growth – Fringe session
- EPWS Short Conference and Seventh General Assembly 2014 Announcement

News from EPWS and its Members:

- Association of Hungarian Women and Science: Memorandum of Understanding signed
- EPS Emily Noether Distinction for Women in Physics Established
- Gender Summit 4, Europe 2014 - Call for Abstracts
- French EPWS members meeting - November 2013
- Femmes & Sciences Poitiers’ colloquium - January 2014
- ICWIP 2014 Conference on Women in Physics - August 2014
- GENDERTIME Associazione Donne e Scienza, Italy - June 2013
- New European project GENOVATE, Italy - June 2013
- ESF Exploratory Workshop, Rome - September 2013
- GENIS LAB talk - October 2013 -

REMINDER Please sign to support the Vilnius SAPGERIC Recommendations


 

Job posting: Postdoctoral Fellow at GIGA




The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale undRegionale Studien is one of Europe’s leading research institutes for area and comparative area studies, with a focus on Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as on interregional and global issues. 

The GIGA seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow

to conduct research on migration and citizens’ rights in the framework of the international research network “Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America: Structures and Negotiations” (desiguALdades.net). Through desiguALdades.net, the GIGA cooperates with the Freie Universität Berlin, the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik) and the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz.

Applications are invited for a full-time position, with a contract of 18 months, starting on 1 May 2014. If preferred, working hours may be reduced to part-time (75%), prolonging the duration of the contract accordingly. The salary is commensurate with TV-AVH / TVöD EG 13/14 (75–100%). The position is offered conditionally upon receipt of funding. 



Friday, February 28, 2014

Pascale Cossart receives the 2014 FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award



"EMBO and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) announce Pascale Cossart, a world renowned bacteriologist and Professor at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, as the winner of the 2014 FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award.

Professor Cossart receives the award for her outstanding contributions to the study of how bacteria infect human and other cells, her active role in encouraging cooperation between different disciplines in the life sciences, and her support and mentoring of young scientists.

The FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a female researcher in molecular biology over the previous five years. Winners of the award are role models who inspire future generations of women in science.

Cossart has studied in detail how the infectious bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, a deadly food-borne pathogen, infects cells and leads to disease (for example, encephalitis, bacteremia, and gastroenteritis). Cossart and colleagues were the first to work out how Listeria monocytogenes enters and takes over cells that it infects. Her work has helped to build up a comprehensive picture of the genetic and biochemical processes that make this organism so effective and lethal.

Pascale Cossart studied chemistry at the Université Lille and completed a Master of Science degree in Chemistry at Georgetown University in the United States in 1971. She obtained her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Paris in 1977 (University Paris Diderot) and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institut Pasteur.

Prof.Cossart is currently Professor and Head of the Unité des Interactions Bactéries Cellules at the Institut Pasteur."

She will be speaking in the Women in Science Plenary lecture on 2 September at the FEBS EMBO 2014 anniversary conference in Paris.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nordic Funding Scheme 2014 : gender equality


The Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality wish to stimulate Nordic co-operation in the area of gender equality within the framework of the Ministers’ co-operation programme and its prioritised action area. They have therefore appointed NIKK to manage the application process.

Now it´s time to start working on your  application. Just like the last time, you will need to have at least three Nordic countries in your application, and you can apply for activities such as conferences, meetings, networks etc. The activities are to be initiated during the autumn 2014 and to be finished within the year 2015
.
The total sum is 2,7 million Danish krone for Nordic gender equality co-operation. Apply via the online form which will be published  here the 24th of March
.
Deadline for applications is the 24th of April 18.00 PM Swedish time. In August 2014 the decision will be acknowledged. Payment can be made ​​no earlier than one month after contracting and requisition of funds.

More information: www.nikk.no/en/

Gender Sessions: Innovation Convention 2014



The Innovation Convention is an essential part of the Innovation Union flagship initiative, the European Union strategy which aims to create an innovation-friendly environment that makes it easier for great ideas to be turned into products and services that will bring our economy growth and jobs.

The Gender Sessions at the Convention will be:

The ERA Partnership as backbone of the European innovation eco-system(s)

Fringe session organised by the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER), Science Europe, NordForsk.

Studio 214/216, 10/03/2014 (14:00-15:15)

An efficient and effective European Research Area (ERA) is necessary for boosting innovation in Europe. During the session the following questions will be addressed: How to increase synergies between national research systems by making them more effective? How to exploit the innovation potential of transnational cooperation and competition in the best possible way? What are main issues for making careers in research and innovation in academia and business more attractive and how can researcher mobility be facilitated especially between science and industry? How to optimize gender diversity in academic and industrial research and innovation? Which steps are taken and will be necessary for stimulating circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge in order to foster innovation in Europe?

The session will provide insights into the individual and joint contributions of the ERA stakeholder organisations towards stimulating efficiency, excellence and growth in the European Research and Innovation Area.



Bridging the gender gap and accelerating innovative sustainable growth


Studio 213/215, 11/03/2014 (09:00-10:45)

This session brings relevant and high profile speaker dialogue with highlights of successful case studies that focus on the progress and impact of some of Europe’s most fascinating and worthwhile social and product innovations. A significant feature of the session shall demonstrate the capacity building measures taken by European Women Inventors & Innovators Network (EUWIIN) and the exchange of knowledge by the Platform of Women Scientists EPWS.

Furthermore, learn how EUWIIN have created opportunities and have assisted in boosting an increase in percentages since the 2009, European Commission report on ‘Evaluation on policy: Promotion of Women Innovators and Entrepreneurship‘ data which revealed women scoring less than men when accessing the level of innovation of their own businesses. In addition, learn from the talks by EPWS on the evidence of excellent research of innovation and gender dimension. Focus shall be on sustainable growth based on Innovation in technical fields and in many other domains. This session shall benefit from the participation of the winners of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2014 and Ms Gitte Neubauer, Laureate in 2011 who add impetus to the discussion that will follow.

More detailed programme: https://ec.europa.eu/research/events/eib/ic2014/item-display.cfm?id=12248

Summer School: Bacterial Biofilms | Nice, France




Models for bacterial biofilms formation : 
mathematical, physical and biological perspectives

10-13 June 2014 - Nice, France


The aim of this summer school is to bring together during 4 days scientists interested in the modeling of biofilms formation, from different fields : mathematicians, physicists, biologists and chemists.  

Speakers:

Rosalind Allen, Edimbourg University
Romain Briandet, INRA Jouy-en-Josas
Nick Cogan, Florida State University
Alain Filloux, Imperial College
Terence Hwa, UC San Diego
Sigolène Lecuyer, Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble
Richard Losick, Harvard University


Aim and scope :

Bacterial biofilms provide a primordial example of “optional” multicellularity where individual bacteria switch from a solitary lifestyle to an organized division of labor. Their formation, development and disassembly offer an exciting common ground for a diverse community of scientists looking at biofilms in profoundly different ways. Depending on the context, biofilms may be regarded as differentiated communities of cells; active soft matter; solutions to partial differential equations; deadly causes of nosocomial infections or promising new technology for water filtration and a lot more. These very different points of view are beginning to merge as a comprehensive understanding of how biofilms function is desperately needed to advance fundamental and applied research in this field. 

An important goal of this summer school is to bring together biologists, mathematicians, physicists and engineers interested in understanding biofilms from a broad range of perspectives. Ample space for discussion will be provided to connect young and established researchers in this community and to encourage informal exchange between speakers and participants. Short courses will start at the tutorial level and open to the state of the art in various aspects of theoretical and experimental biofilm research. The format of the school will provide opportunities to give and obtain feedback and we urge all speakers and participants to stay for the entire week to generate a collaborative atmosphere, potentially fostering new exciting collaborations.

More information : math.unice.fr/~ribot/Biofilms/

EPWS Paris Conference 2014


“New Perspectives on Women Scientists Careers in Europe”
   
June 11th, 2014

 Organized by the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS
at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Amphitheater Stourdzé, Paris




Draft Programme


10.00 Opening by the French Minister of Higher Education and Research (to be confirmed)

10.10 Welcome address Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch, President of EPWS


Session 1. Gender in the new European Framework Programme Horizon 2020

Chair: Yvonne Pourrat, ECEPIE and CDEFI

10.20 Welcome by Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Member of the European Parliament, President of the European Union of Women

10.35 “Gender in the European Research Area and in the new European Framework Programme Horizon 2020”, Viviane Willis-Mazzichi, Head of Sector “Gender”, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

11.05 "Contact Point Women into EU Research - best practice and strategies for Horizon 2020",
Nadine Heller-Genath, Contact Point Women into EU Research / FiF, Bonn, Germany

11.30 Current gender- related EU projects:
INTEGER, Anne Pépin, CNRS, France ; EGERA, Maxime Forest, Sciences Po, France; GenderTIME, Anne-Sophie Godfroy, UPEC, France; GENOVATE, Ilenia Picardi, project manager, University of Naples Federico II, Italy; STAGES, Giovanna Declich, ASDO, Italy.


12.30-14.00 Lunch Break


Session 2. Up-skilling Women Scientists Careers - European and French perspectives
Chair: Claudine Hermann, EPWS and Femmes & Sciences

14.00 Key Note Speech: “Women, Gender & Science: Modern sexism in action”
Prof. Nicky Le Feuvre, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

14.40 Round table on Human Resources Management in R&D in the private sector and in public research institutions : Sophie Sergent, IFREMER ; Colette Guillopé, UPEC ; HR managers from the enterprises PSA and EADS

15.30 Mentoring experiences in France (Christine Charretton, femmes et mathématiques and May Morris, Femmes & Sciences) and in Europe (Helene Fueger, University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

16.05 Conclusion André Béraud, ECEPIE

16.15 Coffee and Networking

16.45 EPWS General Assembly (only for EPWS members)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Social Sciences and Horizon 2020: An Open Letter, Science Europe Scientific Committee for the Social Sciences



Social Sciences and Horizon 2020: An Open Letter, by Science Europe Scientific Committee for the Social Sciences 

"Reviews of previous European funding framework programmes have shown that Social Sciences and Humanities research has produced outputs of the highest academic standards. The Science Europe Scientific Committee for the Social Sciences urges the social sciences communities to seize the opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 and to take the lead where appropriate."