In 2002 the EC’s Women in Industrial Research (WIR) Report stated that women constituted only an estimated 15% of industrial researchers in the EU and were severely under-represented in university education, and national or governmental laboratories. This was especially evident in the sector of the “hard” sciences; namely mathematics, physics and engineering. In the field of materials research, foundries, car/trucks components research and in automotive research groups, there was also an unacceptable under-representation of women.
Getting closer to actual situation, the European Commission has set a Strategy for equality between women and men for the period 2010-2015. It is a comprehensive framework committing the Commission to promote gender equality into all its policies. The EU also has a well-established regulatory framework on gender equality, including binding Directives, which apply widely across the labour market, including the research sector. (read more)
The MUSIC Consortium would like to give visibility to a very relevant initiatives, which fosters and awards the role of women in research, especially as far as innovation is concerned:
After two successful editions in 2011 and 2014, the European Commission has launched the third edition of the prize.
Three prizes will be awarded in Spring 2016:
- 1st prize: €100 000
- 2nd prize: €50 000
- 3rd prize: €30 000
Contestants will be able to submit their entries until 20 October 2015 (12:00 – Brussels time).
An independent panel of judges from business and academia will select the three winners who will be announced in 2016.