Europe should not shy away from positive discrimination as a way to promote women scientists as it will help tackle skills shortages in scientific disciplines, argues the author of a Parliament report on women in science adopted yesterday in an interview with EURACTIV.
The Commission, together with leading technology companies, is trying to get more young women interested in ICT careers in a drive to avoid a predicted shortage of some 300,000 qualified engineers by 2010.
While increasing numbers of women are working, they remain underrepresented in sectors considered crucial for economic development which are usually better remunerated, notes the Commission's annual report on equality between women and men.
Promoting gender mainstreaming and increasing transparency in scientists' recruitment processes can help the EU recruit the 700,000 additional researchers it needs to achieve the Lisbon goals, argues Dr. Maren A. Jochimsen in an interview with EURACTIV.
A European platform bringing together women scientists' organisations around Europe is set to counter the current under representation of women in science and to make their voice heard at EU political level.
New figures show that many promising female scientists in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states are squeezed out of well-funded research opportunities to the benefit of their male colleagues. "A waste of talent" complains the Commission.
The European Group on Life Sciences (EGLS), a Commission think tank, on 9 July looked into ways to establish closer links between scientists and the media and identified more effective practices to improve balanced media coverage of scientific progress.