Do women scientists hold leadership positions in scientific projects?
Significant number of women scientists in Slovenia holds a leadership position in scientific projects and programs, but are still a minority in comparison to their male counterparts.
Seventy four percent of project leaders are men, while only twenty six of leadership positions are currently held by women. In addition, men tend to undertake more mentor roles than women, 79% vs. 21% respectively.
A lower number of women in top science positions can be attributed to the difficulties women have reconciling profession and child caring, including the demands for mobility early in research careers. One effect of this is a scarcity of female role models among senior researchers, project leaders and faculty to inspire other women to follow suit.
Distribution of roles by gender across scientific projects shows that women assume more roles as junior researchers and researcher (by 2% and 3% respectively), while men assume more leadership and slightly more mentor positions (by 4% and 0.6% respectively).