Gender Balance

The Gender Balance Advisor will establish and coordinate monitoring of gender equality in participation of the COST Action, and in coordination with ESR Advisor, will establish a mentoring programme.

We aim to redress the imbalance in gender in this action by ensuring equality of opportunity for participation, mobility and training. In particular we will:

  • Elaborate and disseminate a set of principles that define a woman-friendly environment
  • Monitor gender-related participation and gather data from COST members’ institutions
  • Develop a code of best practice to be disseminated to members’ institutions
  • Ensure family-friendly practices apply to activities within the COST action.

Ruth Oulton

Gender Balance Advisor

Links on gender equality issues

The March 2016 issue of the webzine EuroScientist has a special issue on Gender Balance with several interesting articles.

Why do self-made women rely on mentors?

Four Nobel Laureates speak on women in science

Quota or no quota

The UK Royal Society have made a youtube video with some advice about counteracting unconscious bias

We all have some unconscious bias. Test yourself with this well-established test from Harvard.

Below are some pdfs on various articles in the scientific press on the topic of gender equality.