Key Data on Women and Science

Despite accounting for 40% of today’s Ph.D. graduates in Europe, women represent only 15% of researchers in enterprises, and one third of the researchers in higher education research institutions.

Students from the UH The European Commission has released "She Figures 2003" which presents the latest figures on the participation of women in scientific education and employment. The number of women researchers in universities and businesses across Europe is on the increase. Nonetheless, women represent only 15% of researchers in enterprises, and one third of the researchers in government and higher education research institutions.

Furthermore, men are three times more likely than women to reach the top echelons of academia. Only 6.4% of women academics reach the most senior levels in the EU, whereas the same recognition is reserved for as many as 18.8% of men.

"More women in research, better careers for women researchers": this is the call of European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin. "Women researchers are too valuable a resource to be wasted. We cannot afford to lose out on this pool of intellectual potential, and we must not stifle diversity in research."

The full report can be found at europa.eu.int/comm/research/science-society/highlights_en.html

Text: Tapio Nurminen
Photo: Eero Roine
30.10.2003
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