Central Europen Centre for Women and Youth in Science
Why gendered science matters - workshop on the inclusion of gender dimension in scientific proposal writing
A training event for researchers and National Contact Points 7th September 2005

The workshop was held on Bratislaba on 7th September 2005



The European Commission has identified gender mainstreaming as a strategic issue. (EC, 2003.Vademecum, Gender Mainstreaming in the 6th Framework Programme. DG RTD, Unit C-5: Women in Science). Not only do they want to increase the number of women scientists, but they also want researchers and research proposals to be more gender sensitive.


Our training event will address the following issues:

• To reduce gender bias in research proposals

• To increase the competitiveness of research proposals by including the gender dimension into them.



• To make researchers better aware of gender issues in science

• To provide guidance to researchers for including gender dimension in their proposals

• To train them to take into account gender balance when setting up a research team

• To train them into using some of the tools of gender analysis


Strategy and Method:

Participants are encouraged to bring the project proposals they have prepared for the EU Framework programme. Examples will be analysed from a gender perspective and analysis conducted within sub-groups by gender analysis and linguistics experts


Target group:

• Researchers actively involved in the preparation and formulation of research proposals seeking support from the EU Framework programs.

• Representatives of National Contact Points (NCPs).


9.00 – 9.10 Welcoming speech

T. Sedova (IP SAS, CEC-WYS WP leader)

9.30 - 10.00 Do scientists need an epistemology at all?

Mariana Szapuova


Analyzing research projects from a gender perspective:

10.00. – 10.30 Gender in the science policy of the EU

A. Bitusikova (European University Association, Brussels, Belgium)


10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break


11.00 – 11.30 Tools for gender analysis

R. Palomba (National Institute for Population Research, Rome, Italy)

How to make scientific proposals gender sensitive


11.30 – 12.00 Presentation of Manual – How to use it

L. Bizikova (The Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia)


12.00 – 12.15 How to set up efficient research teams for gender balance

B.Snopkova (The Slovak Academy of Sciences)


12.15 – 13.15 Lunch break


Practical exercises


13.15 – 15.45 Analyzing and assessing examples of participants’ proposals from a double perspective: gender inclusion and use of language.

Work in groups, using the manual.



Sylvia Porubanova (Sociologist, The Bratislava Centre for Work and Family Studies)

Livia Bizikova (The Institute for Forecasting, Slovak Academy of Sciences)

Marie-Claude Roland (Linguist, INRA, France)

Daniel Gerbery (Sociologist, The Bratislava Centre for Work and Family Studies)

Barbara Lasticova (Psychologist, Department of Social and Biological Communication, Slovak Academy of Sciences)


15.45 – 16.15 Coffee break


16.15 – 16.45 Reporting by each working group

S. Porubanova, L.Bizikova, MC Roland


16.45 – 17.00 Conclusions

workshop speakers

Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science is a project funded by the European Commission
under Framework Programme 6 in the Structuring the ERA specific programme.