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Gender and Diversity

Gender equality and diversity are essential components of scientific quality. Science Europe works to promote a research ecosystem where all scholars can realise their potential regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities, ethnic origin, or social background.

Why do gender and diversity matter?

Diversity leads to better research and can be a major resource for scientific excellence. All researchers should be enabled to realise their full potential and rewarded for the quality of their scholarly contributions, independently of their gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disabilities, ethnic origin, or social background. Research organisations have a crucial role to play in addressing gender inequality, not only for the benefit of the science ecosystem, but to contribute to progress in wider society.

What are the current priorities?

To ensure that their research processes are fair, Science Europe’s Member Organisations aim to scrutinise their activities against any form of bias. To that end, they seek to avoid unconscious bias in peer review processes, monitor progress towards gender equality, and improve grant management practices. There is an increased realisation that gender inequality can affect the design and content of research itself. An increasing number of research organisations require researchers to integrate or specify the sex and gender dimensions in the research they fund or perform.

What is Science Europe doing to achieve these aims?

In 2017, Science Europe published the ‘Practical Guide to Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations.’ It makes concrete suggestions on how to implement effective change through a number of recommendations and includes many good practices from Science Europe Member Organisations.

Science Europe actively collaborates with other relevant initiatives, institutional groups, and stakeholders to further promote gender equality in the research ecosystem. Science Europe is currently an active partner in the Global Research Council’s Gender Working Group where it promotes gender-sensitive research policies and the integration of the gender and sex dimensions in the content and design of research.

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