The two primary objectives of the Centre are:
1) to promote, mobilise and network women in science in Central Europe, and thus to contribute to increasing gender equality in R&D and to structuring the European Research Area
2) to promote, mobilise and network young people in science in the region, and thus to address issued faced by young people in science, develop recommendations, provide a forum for exchange of experience and job searching in the region.
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Specific objectives of the project are:
How? We have created an interdisciplinary database of women scientists from Central Europe. We promote awareness of this database by disseminating information about the tool to national and international organisations, industrial bodies and R&D employment sites
How? We have developed a "project sourcebook" which introduces the European Commission research funding tools and offer experience-based tips and suggestions on proposal writing and project coordination and management
How? CEC-WYS partners have developed a manual on this theme, and workshops to introduce the concept and look at concrete examples of how this can be done
How? CEC-WYS partners will hold seminars for young men and women scientists, based on the Reflexives programme.
How? CEC-WYS will analyse and publish the findings of the Enwise workshop on young scientists and follow-up questionnaire and further online questionnaire. CEC-WYS will also organise a conference, planned for autumn 2006 which will address the position of young scientists
How? CEC-WYS has a website section devoted to issues facing young scientists with information on funding and mobility issues particularly for the region. The planned conference will be an opportunity for networking and mobilisation for future activities
How? Based on the Enwise expert group recommendations, CEC-WYS partners will monitor policy developments and lobby at national level
How? CEC-WYS reaches many scientists via the various events, website and dissemination/communication tools, CEC-WYS partners meet with groups of women scientists to discuss their career progression and working environment, via the media, and by participating in non gender specific events organised by National Contact Points and other organisations concerned with the participation of Central and Eastern Europe in European research structures.
Due to the situation of women and young people in science in Central Europe, it is expected that the overall impact of the project will be far-reaching. The Centre will serve as the main networking, information and co-ordination point in the region for women and young people in science. Furthermore, it is expected that due to the distaste for women’s networking and advocating their rights in Central and Eastern Europe, the Centre will serve as an advocacy group in the region to advocate the interests of women scientists.