Central Europen Centre for Women and Youth in Science
A new report from the European Commission concerning the importance of women in science to acheive the goals of becomming the most innovative kowledge economy in the world.

The European Commission has published She Figures 2006, statsitics and indictators about women and science across Europe.

Information from the EU about legislation supporting gender equality, the EU vision of gender mainstreaming and financial support opportunities for project proposers.

The European Commission has designated 2007 as 'European Year of Equal Opportunities for All' as part of a concerted effort to promote equality and non-discrimination in the EU. The European Year is the centrepiece of a framework strategy designed to ensure that discrimination is effectively tackled, diversity is celebrated and equal opportunities for all are promoted. The strategy is set out in a Communication adopted by the European Commission today.

EU documents related to gender equality in R&D


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background documents


Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on equality between women and men, 2005

In this year's annual report on equality between women and men for the Spring European Council, the Commission shows that while gender employment and education gaps are closing in the EU, the gender pay gap has remained almost unchanged.



Commission Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and on a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

On 11 March the European Commission has adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These two documents are key elements in the EU’s policy to make research an attractive career, which is a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth. The Charter and Code of Conduct will give individual researchers the same rights and obligations wherever they may work throughout the EU. This should help counter the fact that research careers in Europe are fragmented at local, regional, national or sectoral level, and allow Europe to make the most of its scientific potential.



Commission recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and on a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

The importance of encouraging work-life balance is included in the section, "working conditions" and recommends a gender balance at all levels of staff.



Council Resolution on Science and Society and on Women in Science, 26 June 2001 (10357/01) (PDF, ~ 85 Kb)


Commission Staff Working Paper
Women and Science: the gender dimension as a leverage for reforming science, 15 May 2001 (SEC(2001)771) (PDF, ~ 600 Kb)


Resolution of the Parliament (PDF, 22.7 Kb) adopted on 3 February 2000 (PE 284.656; A5-0082/1999)
European Parliament resolution on the communication from the Commission entitled:
‘Women and science’ - Mobilising women to enrich European research (COM(1999) 76 –
C5-0103/1999 – 1999/2106(COS))


Resolution of the Council adopted on 20 May 1999 (8565/99)


Women and Science – Mobilising women to enrich European research. Communication of the Commission adopted on 17 February 1999 (COM(1999)76 final) (PDF, ~ 220 Kb)



European Commission studies


'Wasted talents: turning private struggles into a public issue':
Report on the situation facing women scientists in the Eastern and Central European countries and in the Baltic States.
(PDF – 5,9Mb)


Study on networks of women scientists - Final recommendations report (PDF, 294 Kb)


the European Report on Science & Technology Indicators (ERSTI/REIST):
Encouraging Women into S&T - Women in Science: What do the indicators reveal? (PDF, 483 Kb)


Women in Industrial Research - A wake up call for European industry, 2003 (PDF files divided by chapter)

The Minerva's Daughters report (PDF, 1.8 Mb) ¨


European Report: National Policies on Women and Science in Europe, 2002


National Reports from the Helsinki Group countries, 2001


Gender Impact Assessment Studies


ETAN Report: Science Policies in the European Union: Promoting excellence through mainstreaming gender equality, 2000 (PDF, ~ 1 Mb)



Framework Programme 6 and gender equality

Vademecum Gender Mainstreaming in the 6th Framework Programme– Reference Guide for Scientific Officers/Project Officers



statistical Information


Women and Science: "Statistics in Focus" from Eurostat


She Figures 2003 (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

She Figures 2003 is the widest collection of European indicators on Women and Science yet produced, and comes complete with explanatory texts, technical guidelines and methodological notes.

policy documents
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.