Women in Science
Just as many women as men start out on life science careers. But many more men go on to senior academic positions. The reasons why are complex. In the interest of science it is important that the best scientists have the opportunity to pursue a career, and that it is not gender (or any other secondary characteristic) that determines the chances of success.
At EMBO, we are committed to monitoring gender balance in all our activities, developing initiatives to counteract imbalances and to raising awareness of issues facing women scientists as their careers advance.
Exploring Quotas in Academia – A policy report on the effects of gender quotas to increase the participation of women in leadership positions in academic science in Europe.
This report summarises the findings of a project done in collaboration with and funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It provides a series of options for the use of quotas for decision makers (heads of research institutions, research administrators, politicians, and funders, among others), and an analysis of the consequences of each evaluated option. September 2015
- An award highlighting excellent achievements of female scientists
- Database featuring female life scientists in Europe
- EMBO supports AcademiaNet, a database of leading female European scientists
Policies at EMBO
EMBO continually monitors its programmes to ensure gender balance and the fair treatment of women, and researchers with family obligations. Annual statistics are published in EMBO Facts & Figures. A report exploring differences in success rates between genders in EMBO programmes was published in 2007.
- Dependent’s allowance (for children under the age of 18)
- Three months parental leave
- Option to work part-time
- Crèche support for Fellows with children under the age of six.
- Extension of the eligibility period by one year per child for female candidates.
- Extension of programme membership for female Young Investigators by one year for each child born during current tenure.
- ‘Women in Science’ lecture grant
- Organizers of EMBO Courses and Workshops are instructed to ensure that at least 30% of speakers are female.
THE DATES FOR COURSES IN 2016 WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON
- A course for female group leaders that helps participants build self-confidence, establish authority, deal with rejection, improve the ability to network and build negotiation skills.