SHEMERA. Euro-Mediterranean research cooperation on gender and science: SHE Euro-Mediterranean Research Area

Coordination: CIREM Barcelona-Spain
Partner: IDIS + consulenza Donne e Scienza
Start: January 2011

The 1995 Barcelona Declaration recognised ‘the key role of women in development’ in the Mediterranean region, and the need ‘to promote their active participation in economic and social life, and in the creation of employment’. During the 2006 Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference Strengthening the Role of Women in Society, the Euro-Mediterranean Ministers stressed that the equal participation of women and men in all spheres of life was a crucial element of democracy and confirmed that only by the inclusion of all people and through determined action will the region’s women be able to fulfil their ambitions and aspirations and, by extension, contribute towards the realisation of the underlying objective of the Barcelona Declaration: the attainment of a common area of peace, stability and shared prosperity in the Mediterranean region. Given that the promotion of women in science is a key issue in the development of a Euro Mediterranean Research Area, the SHEMERA project aims to support Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in a joint effort to strengthen the role of women in science and indeed in all spheres of life. SHEMERA will represent a key contribution to increasing the knowledge base on gender and science issues in the Mediterranean Partner Countries, allowing further development of Euro-Mediterranean research cooperation in this field.

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GENIS LAB Gender in Science Laboratory

Coordination: Fondazione Brodolini Roma
Partner: Associazione Donne e scienza
Start: January 2011

The GENIS GENIS-LAB will operate on three levels: the organisational level (identification of specific management tools and definition of self tailored action plans aimed to promote internal structural changes); the social/environmental level (promotion of a communication and awareness campaign aimed at fighting against stereotypes – de-constructing the stereotyped relation between women and science); the trans – national European level (promotion of networking/mutual learning among involved scientific organisation to support the exchange of experiences, practices, efficient management tools).

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GENDERA – Changing the gender balance in research organisations

Fiorenza Scotti è stata inserita nel progetto GENDERA come componente della task force da parte del partner italiano (APRE)

From 2010 – 2012, the Partners in the GENDERA initiative will strive to make a change to the balance of gender in research organisations in Europe. By raising awareness in a wide cross-section of today’s society, GENDERA aims to re-address the balance of gender within research organisations and higher education organisations across Europe. The role of women in specific disciplines and in decision making positions will be strengthened through dialogue (the gender debate) and the implementation of best practices. From 2010 onwards, the GENDERA partners will collect, systemise and analyse existing policies and programmes in order to identify good practices that are already having a positive effect on ensuring that women get higher in research organisations and higher education institutions and achieve decision-making positions.

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EPWS European Platform of Women Scientists

L’Associazione “Donne e Scienza” è tra le fondatrici della Piattaforma Europea delle Donne Scienziate (European Platform of Women in Science).
Lucia Martinelli è la delegata eletta presso la piattaforma (

La Piattaforma è nata al fine di favorire lo scambio di opinioni, esperienze e migliori pratiche relativamente alle misure e politiche elaborate e attuate a livello locale, regionale, nazionale ed europeo, in grado di incoraggiare la partecipazione delle donne alle carriere scientifiche e alla ricerca.

Di seguito alcuni dei documenti più importanti prodotti o segnalati dall’EPWS

Programma dell’EPWS Short Conference and Sixth General Assembly, 27 settembre 2012. Invito

Modifiche allo statuto proposte all’assemblea generale EPWS del 2012

Report dell’assemblea generale EPWS del 2011

Interview of Luisa Prista, Head of the unit “Scientific culture and gender issues”, until 31-12-2011, Now in charge of the unit “Environmental Technologies” (February 14th 2011)

– report of Claudine Hermann invited at the meeting «Defending women’s rights» organised by DG Enlargementin Brussels on March 24th, 2011

Interview fo Gilles Laroche, Head of Unit “Ethics and Gender”, for EPWS Newsletter
by Claudine Hermann (14-2-2011)

Response of the European Platform of Women Scientists to the Public Consultation on the future “EU 2020” Strategy

EPWS Newsletter May-August 2009

Start of new Grant Agreement EPWS No. 235044
On 1 November 2008, EPWS formally entered its administrative and financial independence and is now responsible for the administration and acquisition of its own funds. The contract for the new Grant Agreement EPWS No. 235044 has been signed in November 2008 with the start of the new grant being 1 November 2008. In December 2008, the Commission’s prepayment has been received, amounting to 449,300.00 €. The next appointment with the European Commission is fixed for 12 February 2009.

EPWS Discussion Paper Series
Upon suggestion of Brigitte Mühlenbruch it was decided that next to the EPWS Position Papers and the EPWS Newsletter, the Platform edits a series of discussion papers. The suggested title of the series is EPWS Open.
The idea is that EPWS Open contains papers and articles written by members of the EPWS Board of Administration, EPWS members or members of the Secretariat and other external authors which take up issues of current research policy and other women and science related matters. The aim is to create a forum for inputs into new and ongoing discussion in European research policy from a variety of disciplinary, national, international and other perspectives. The series would also allow members of the EPWS Board of Administration, EPWS members and members of the Secretariat to publish papers prepared on subjects of interest to the work and activities of the Platform. The texts published in EPWS Open will be statements by individual authors or teams of authors. They are no EPWS Position Papers and, hence, do not represent the Platform’s opinion.
Brigitte Mühlenbruch offered to be responsible, together with the EPWS Secretariat, for all editing except for English language checks. The first edition could cover the issue “Scientific Culture” and contain a joint paper written by Maren Jochimsen and Brigitte Mühlenbruch composed of Maren Jochimsen’s input at the EPWS Annual Conference in Vilnius on 7 June 2008 and Brigitte Mühlenbruch’s paper at the ENCOUWOMSCI final conference in Brussels on 26 June 2008. A second topic could be “Women in Research Management”, a third “Women in Science Communication”. Other possible contributions such as papers and articles by members of the EPWS Board of Administration would be welcome.

Brainstorming meeting on gender and finance
Agnès Hubert, Bureau of European Policy Advisors, had contacted EPWS in December 2008 to explore possibilities to organise a brainstorming meeting on “A Gender Perspective on the Financial Crisis”. The meeting is planned to take place in Brussels on 19 February 2009 and will bring together women scientists and women practitioners working on this issue, including the scientific expertise of EPWS member organisation GARNET.

Statuto dell’EPWS