Members

John Buckeridge, IUBS Past-President

Nathalie Fomproix, IUBS ED

Sarita Maree, IUBS Executive Member

Annelies Pierrot-Bults, Former IUBS Treasurer

Guy Smagghe, IUBS Executive Member, IUBS Representative at the SCGE (Standing Committee on Gender Equality) and vice-chair of the SGGE

Lucilla Spini, Bio-Anthropologist

Mission and Objectives

The WGGE’s primary objective is to ensure that there is a fair gender representation in all activities conducted by the Union. The IUBS policy is regularly reviewed and new propositions are made to the Executive Committee (see IUBS policy).

The goals of the WGGE are to better understand scientific career pathways and any impediments to the advancement of women within them. 

  • We will investigate any discipline specific barriers that have prevented women from reaching their full potential in biological sciences. 

  • We will seek to determine the best systems and protocols that IUBS and its members can implement to redress this gender imbalance. 

  • In junction with IUBS regular activities, we will promote events that empower women . 

The WGGE participated to the writing of the MoU “Gender Equality in Science” signed by 9 partners. Our objective is to interact with other partners on the Gender Equality issues and to participate together in specific projects.

Background

The Working Group on Gender Equality was established at the General Assembly in Oslo in July 2019. Following a plenary session on Inclusive Co-operation: The International Science Council, Inter-union Co-operation and “Vision through a Gender Lens” co-chaired by John Buckeridge and Lucilla Spini, two resolutions have been adopted by the IUBS members:

  • To establish a gender gap working group in IUBS with a team of at least one female and one male member.

  • That the IUBS Nominations Committee actively promote the nomination of women for IUBS executive positions through National/Ordinary and Scientific member bodies.

 

IUBS Policy

  • IUBS financial support

  • Conferences sponsored by IUBS must have females in the organizing/scientific committee. There should be gender balance in the list of invited speakers

  • Young scientists grant: the conference awarded should invite an equal number of male and female young scientists

  • IUBS scientific programmes/new initiatives

  • Chairs will be asked to nominate male and female experts in any steering committee that they establish.

  • GA resolutions at the General Assembly in Oslo, July 2019

  • To establish a gender gap working group in IUBS with a team of at least one female and one male member.

  • That the IUBS Nominations Committee actively promote the nomination of women for IUBS executive positions through National/Ordinary and Scientific member bodies.

Activities

IUBS acknowledges that women have long been disadvantaged in their pursuit of Bioscience. The establishment of our first Gender Working Group, with a mandate to address any inequities based upon gender, is testament to our strategic objectives to rectify the imbalance.

Work in progress

  • meetings

  • articles

  • resources

  • stories on young and senior female scientists