Europe’s road to gender equality in research: recordings available!


16 June 2021 RELX, Elsevier, and MINDtheGEPs brought together leading experts from the world of policy, research, and education to discuss Europe’s road to gender equality, and what we can learn from the European leader – Portugal. The recordings from this event are now available. 

Listen to Rosa Monteiro (Portuguese Secretary of State for Citizenship & Equality), Ramona Strugariu (Member of the European Parliament from the Renew Europe group), Lesia Radelicki (Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli), Prof Analia Torres (Director of the Centre of Gender Studies at the University of Lisbon) and Federica Rosetta (Vice President for Academic and Research Relations at Elsevier) discuss the policy dimension of gender equality in research.

Elizabeth Crossick, Head of EU Government Relations at Elseviers parent company RELX, was moderating discussions and writes about her experience in a recent blog post about how building on last year’s Elsevier report The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens, they took a data-led look at how Portugal became a European leader in gender equality in research. The report Gender in the Portugal Research Arena: A Case Study in European Leadership shows that in Portugal, women comprise more than 50% of doctoral graduates, scientists, engineers, and tertiary professionals. Portugal is also the only European country where women do not leave research at a higher rate than men, over time. This uniquely stable continuity matches that seen among men and is an important indicator of career retention. All the other countries in our European report show women leave research more rapidly than men over time.

The European Commission recently announced that to promote gender equality in the EU, gender equality plans will be required to win EU funding. For the second session, Claudio Colaiacomo (Vice President for Academic Relations at Elsevier) and MINDtheGEPs partners brought together members of the research community to discuss how gender equality can be realised in practice through strategic interventions and implementation of gender equality plans. The panel comprised Mina Stareva, (Head of Sector for Gender from DG Research & Innovation, European Commission), Prof Maria Chiara Carrozza (President of the National Research Council, Italy) Prof Stefano Geuna (Rector Magnificus at the University of Turin, Italy), Dr hab. Beata Kowalska Professor from the Jagiellonian University, Poland), and Prof Anna Wahl (Vice President for Gender Equality & Values from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden). 

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