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EU commission appoints first ever chief scientific adviser
The European commission has appointed a British woman its first ever chief scientific adviser. Anne Glover is currently a biochemist at the University of Aberdeen and has been serving as Scotland's chief scientific adviser since 2006. Her primary responsibility as EU chief scientific advisor will be to provide high-level, independent, scientific advice to the commission throughout the policy process.
Posted on 29 Dec 2011
Event in the European Parliament: Towards a Gender-Balanced Science Culture to Foster Innovation, 31 January, 2012
This lunch-debate is organised by the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS. Its aim is to inform Members of the European Parliament, officials from the European Commission, and representatives of other European and international organisations on the culture in which science happens in Europe and to put emphasis on the situation of women scientists.
Posted on 29 Dec 2011
Senior Technical Woman Profile: Mani Abrol, Head of Lexity Labs, Bangalore
Each month Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology asks Senior Technical Women to share their stories and what they have learned. This issue’s Senior Technical Woman Profile features Mani Abrol, Head of Lexity Labs, Bangalore.
Posted on 29 Dec 2011
Women urged to carve out the career they love
Women who are returning to work or seeking a new job have been advised to carve out a career where they can do what they love, because working in a job that is not enjoyable will only lead to dissatisfaction and resentment.
Posted on 29 Dec 2011
Female technologists invited on EnterpriseWISE course
Female researchers working in science, engineering and technology jobs have been invited to take an EnterpriseWISE course to help them start up a business. The course is offered to PhD and Early Career women researchers and will develop skills, knowledge and confidence in entrepreneurship.
Posted on 29 Dec 2011
Achieving Success in IT jobs: Are Women Bad at Self-Promotion?
Women could be holding back their careers in technology by an inability to promote themselves, it has been suggested. An article in the Daily Mail has raised the issue at why self-promotion can be so important to getting where you want to be in business, particularly for women who can be culprits for putting themselves down.
Posted on 29 Dec 2011
Tech Industry Needs A Makeover To Attract More Women, Girls
Women in technology love to talk about the lack of women in technology, especially those who reside at the top. So on January 1, 2012, when Virginia Rometty takes the helm of IBM Corporation as its first female chief executive officer, joining Meg Whitman as the CEO of HP as one of the few women in charge of a high-profile tech company, we should interpret this as success, right? Probably not. As many in the tech industry argue, the dearth of women in the industry overall contributes to that lack of representation at the C-suite level. And the lack of women in the industry can be traced back to the small numbers who pursue relevant degrees in science and tech.
Posted on 27 Dec 2011
Female IT professionals want gender equality to happen organically
Female IT professionals have said that they would like the proportion of female executives being promoted to senior boardrooms grow organically. This is the finding of a recent survey by womenintechnology.co.uk, conducted at its latest event, hosted with ThoughtWorks in Manchester. Respondents were largely against introducing mandatory quotas, with just 13 per cent saying they would like to see this happen.
Posted on 27 Dec 2011
ICT lessons not challenging enough
ICT lessons are ''inadequate'' in almost one-fifth of secondary schools in the UK, according to Ofsted. The education watchdog has published a new report, which found that pupils' overall attainment was adversely affected from poor coverage of key aspects of the ICT curriculum. It revealed that lessons are not challenging enough for more able students and has called for teaching to be improved, most notably more demanding topics such as databases and programming.
Posted on 27 Dec 2011
An Exploration of Wikipedia s Gender Imbalance
Wikipedia has rapidly become an invaluable destination for millions of information-seeking users. However, media reports suggest an important challenge: only a small fraction of Wikipedia’s legion of volunteer editors are female. In the current work, we present a scientific exploration of the gender imbalance in the English Wikipedia’s population of editors. The presented research looks at the nature of the imbalance itself, its effects on the quality of the encyclopedia, and several conflict-related factors that may be contributing to the gender gap. The findings confirm the presence of a large gender gap among editors and a corresponding gender-oriented disparity in the content of Wikipedia’s articles. Further, the researchers find evidence hinting at a culture that may be resistant to female participation.
Posted on 05 Dec 2011

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