05 Jun 2017 · Project · Outreach

Kick-off Meeting

Participants - Front row (from left): Jean Taylor (ICIAM), Sayara Berg (ICIAM), Danielle Gondard-Cozette (IMU), Mustafa Sozbilir IUPAC), Igle Gledhill IUPAC), Marie-Francoise Ouedraogo (IUM), Anne-Sophie Godfroy (IUHPST), Anita Rampal (IMU), Bétül Tambay (IMU), Ernesto Fernández-Polcuch (UNESCO). • 2nd row: Maria Esteban (ICIAM), Siujatha Ramdorai(IMU), Mei-Hung Chiu (IUPAC), Guadalupe Lozano (Expert), Anathea Brooks (UNESCO), Francesca Primas (IAU), Lucilla Spini (ICSU), Maria Rosaria Dantonio (IAU), Catherine Goldstein (Expert), Merrilyn Goos (IMU), Helena Mihaljevic-Brandt (IMU). • 3rd row: Mark Cesa (IUPAC), Alice Abreu (GenderInSite), Clémence Perronnet (Expert), Nathalie Fomproix (IUBS), Marie-Francoise Roy (IMU), Elena Bagryanskaya (IUPAC), Benedikt Loewe (IUHPST), Bill Barton (IMU). • Back row: Lucía Santamaría (Expert), Lisa Frehill (IUPAC), Silvina Ponce-Dawson (IUPAP), Tonya Blowers (OWSD), Fernanda Arraes Hertelendy (UNESCO), Rachel Ivie (IUPAP).

On June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2017, partners of the project "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?" met in Paris, France, for the first time to discuss project management and related issues.


About: A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences - How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?

IUBS is one of the ten partners in the project with the title "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?"


Mathematical and natural sciences have long and honorable traditions of participation by highly creative women contributors. However, the percentages of women scientists remain shockingly low and there is a significant gender gap at all levels between women and men. Barriers to achievement by women persist, especially in developing countries.


The project will produce sound data to support the choices of interventions that ICSU and member unions can feasibly undertake. It will provide evidence for informed decisions, including trends – since the situation for women continues to change around the world, with some negative developments – and will provide easy access to materials proven to be useful in encouraging girls and young women to study and work in these fields. Regional information about careers, jobs and salaries will be provided. The Joint global survey is planned to reach 45,000 respondents in more than 130 countries using at least 10 languages, while the Joint study on publication patterns will analyze comprehensive metadata sources corresponding to publications of more than 500,000 scientists since 1970. Contrasts and common ground across regions and cultures, less developed and highly developed countries, men and women, mathematical and natural sciences, will be highlighted.

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Partner organisations in the Gender Gap project

International Mathematical Union (IMU)

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)

International Astronomical Union (IAU)

International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSite)

International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST)

Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)