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Just asking: what researchers think about women in research

[Translate to English:] A flash survey conducted by Anna Behrend and Inka Reichert during the 2008 EuroScience Open Forum in Barcelona.

United Kingdom

Frank Burnet,
Professor of Science Communication,
University of West England

How high is the percentage of women in your research field, science journalism?
 Video clip (00:43 mins, 2.1 MB)

What still needs to be done to achieve gender equality in science?
 Video clip (00:21 mins, 1.0 MB)

Are exclusively male research groups more successful?
 Video clip (00.39 mins, 1.8 MB)

David Livesey,
League of European Research Universities

Why do men in science have better career prospects?
 Video clip (01:00 mins, 2.9 MB)

Alina Kiesling,
Institute for Astronomy,
University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Is it harder for women to have a successful career in science?
 Video clip (00:19 mins, 1.0 MB)


Pelagia Glambedaki,
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Twente

How high is the percentage of women professors in The Netherlands?
 Video clip (00:53 mins, 2.6 MB)


Britt Olofsdotter-Jönsson,
Head of Communications
Swedish Research Council Formas

Are there initiatives to promote gender equality in Sweden?
 Video clip (00:39 mins, 1.9 MB)


Aldara Naveira Suarez,
Department of Chemical Engineering,
University of Alicante

Are there initiatives specially designed to promote women in science in Spain?
 Video clip (00:38 mins, 1.8 MB)


Costas Neocleous,
Department of Computer Science,
University of Cyprus

Costas Neocleous reckons that only about 20 percent of the scientists in Cyprus are women. Why is this?
 Video clip (00:19 mins, 0.9 MB)

And what has to be done to increase the proportion of women?
 Video clip (00:34 mins, 1.5 MB)

This article originated at the 2008 EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF).

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Setting a good example

Given the inequalities described, it is obvious to ask what the reasons are for the differences and how they can be overcome. The "Mapping the Maze" study contains suggestions. One of the problems, for example, is that gender discrimination in science is often ignored or denied.  Here is an overview of how various European counties try to improve equal opportunities.

Facts about women

How much less does the average female physicist in Europe earn by comparison with male colleagues? And what about the glass ceiling index? Tables and charts on the topic "Women in research" can be found  here.

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