We are proud to share with you a broad range of video lectures featuring major events, interviews and lectures given by prominent women in Slovenia and abroad:
The European Commission has supported the ''Gender Debate in the European Research Area'' by financing a project, which focuses on current issues around gender and research in research organisations and higher education institutions. The conference gathered experts from international and European organisations presenting and discussing how we can achieve a better impact in our gender activities.
By raising awareness in a wide cross-section of today's society, GENDERA aims to re-address the balance of gender within research organisations and higher education organisations across Europe. The role of women in specific disciplines and in decision making positions will be strengthened through dialogue (the gender debate) and the implementation of best practices. From 2010 onwards, the GENDERA partners are collecting, systemising and analysing existing policies and programmes in order to identify good practices that are already having a positive effect on ensuring that women get higher in research organisations and higher education institutions and achieve decision-making positions.
The aim of the winter school was to offer top-quality courses on nanoscience in order to attract a greater number of young scientists to this dynamic and new field of research, and especially to encourage women to pursue careers in this area. The school provided an opportunity for networking, establishing mentoring schemes and promoting contacts between experts from European universities, scientific institutions and industry. Topics: Synthesis of nanomaterials, Characterisation and properties of nanomaterials, Application and safety Polymers and carbon nanotubes, Societal issues.
Starting with an overview of the status of women in science, business and politics, this conference provided general reflections on gender, science, business and politics and an opportunity to share and learn from successful strategies/programmes implemented by countries, as well as from unsuccessful attempts, that address barriers to women science, business and politics. Speakers presented the current status of gender issues at their working environment, policies and actions that are in place, problems women are facing and potential solutions.
The workshop was organized by Central European Center for Women and Youth in Science, EU 6FP project. The goal of this workshop was to raise awareness on importance and relevance of gender in science to Information and Communication Technology.
Starting with an overview of the status of women in science, business and politics, this conference provides general reflections on gender, science, business and politics and an opportunity to share and learn from successful strategies/programmes implemented by countries, as well as from unsuccessful attempts, that address barriers to women science, business and politics. Speakers, all distinguished authorities from different fields, have presented the current status of gender issues at their working environment, policies and actions that are in place, problems women are facing and potential solutions.
The objective of the seminar was for young scientists to address issues such as quality of research, responsible authorship and publication practices, and supervision practices. The seminar was organized by Central European Center for Women and Youth in Science.
The objective of the workshop is to promote participation in evaluation of research project proposals in Europe and encourage researchers and in particular women to register in European database of expert evaluators for 6FP. This workshop is additionally aiming at attracting participants from the areas in which women are underrepresented. The workshop is organized by Central European Center for Women and Youth in Science.
The goal of this workshop is to raise awareness on importance and relevance of gender in science to Information and Communication Technology. The workshop is organized by Central European Center for Women and Youth in Science.
Even though there is considerable number of women in computer science research, the proportion compared to the number of men is still much lower than one would wish for. Watch some of the interviews conducted with women at different stage of their research carrier in machine learning and data mining to promote their research and in general women in science.
The project in its vision point out two main problems:
- Women in Central and Eastern Europe face double marginalisation, and
- Young scientists are between a rock and a hard place.
As women they face social and institutional barriers to getting to the top of science and as a result they don’t have equal chance to contribute to shaping research priorities. These barriers stem from the traditional roles and stereotypically perceived qualities of men and women. Despite, or even because of, state socialist equal treatment policy, the traditional division of roles and labour, both outside and inside the family, did not change. In the post-socialist context many women (as well as men) scientists are faced with the consequences of isolation and exclusion from western R&D developments, resulting in a lack of networking, required skills and self-confidence necessary for participation in international research projects. This is not to say that all women scientists have the same experience or that that no women have succeeded, but as long as there are some facing marginalisations or even discrimination, there is work to be done.
Young scientists face the consequences of the communist legacy and new demands of the present in the R&D sector. The low investment in R&D results in low salaries and limited technological horizons, encouraging people to brain drain, especially to the commercial sphere. This may apply particularly to young male researchers because of the traditional breadwinning expectations. For those who stay, being mobile has become a condition for research development and a measure of scientific excellence. Scientists who refrain from or are unable to be mobile due to family commitments are not valued as highly as scientists free from family responsibilities; and because women are still expected to take the main burden of family care, this hits women hardest. For returners, reintegration is often hindered by institutional inbreeding, lack of meritocracy and hostility to young scientists with newer research, methodological, technological and language skills. As a result, an unhealthy generation gap appears, reducing the openness to collaboration and mutual respect.
At the Institute Jozef Stefan, in cooperation with the Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science, an exhibition Female Doctors of Computer and Information Science in Slovenia was held. The aim of the exhibition was to say that working in science requires constant study and research, but it is also fun and fulfilling, to show that, even in computer science and informatics women can reach the highest level of education and, consequently leading positions; try to break the stereotype that computer science and informatics academic and career guidance, which can be effectively exercised only men; to show that the demanding work in science also gives a time for family, friends and hobbies; to highlight some of the problems which women in science are facing. We invited all Female Dr of computing and informatics who doctorated at the University of Ljubljana and University of Maribor.
The objective of CEC-WYS is to empower women and young scientists in Central Europe and to contribute to achieving gender equality in R&D. Working within this broad objectives framework, CEC-WYS aims to achieve the following:
- to increase women scientists’ visibility and participation in national, European and international research and their invitation to advisory boards and scientific committees;
- to increase the participation of women in decision-making and evaluation procedures of Framework Programme funding;
- to encourage policy developments at national level concerning the issue of women in science;
- to mobilise and network young scientists in order to advocate their interests in a policy debate particularly from a regional and gender perspective;
- to foster reflective practices and raise awareness of the implications of gender dimension of scientific research;
- to develop scientists’ skills in incorporating this practice into their research ideas and methodologies;
- to prepare young researchers to take ownership of their research projects, to enhance their skills in communication and responsible conduct of research, and provide them with the skills and reflection to develop into effective supervisors and mentors.