The Project

The overall objective of SHEMERA is enhancing research cooperation on gender and science between the European Union and the Mediterranean countries. Research cooperation is aimed at better understanding the roots of gender inequality in science in the area, taking into account cultural diversities and traditions, and analyse how the Mediterranean countries are addressing this issue. The project is led by CIREM and the consortium consists of 17 partners - 6 from Member States and Associated States, and 11 from the Mediterranean countries from the list of International Co-operation Partner Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian-administered areas, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia. SHEMERA is funded by the European Commission under the Science in Society Programme of FP7. The project will collect data and generate state-of-the-art descriptions and relevant comparative analysis on gender and science in all the Mediterranean countries, focusing on three key themes: statistics on women in science, gender equality policies, and research on gender inequalities in science careers. The results will be made accessible to the research community and policy makers via an online database but also through publishable reports and workshops. In an effort to enhance networking and to steer policy-making on gender and science in the years to come, the project will offer recommendations to policy-makers aimed at increasing the presence of women in scientific research and technological development at all levels, and at ensuring an improved integration of the gender dimension in research policy.

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