Friday, 23 March 2012
"Towards a Gender-Balanced Science Culture to Foster Innovation" was the title under which the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS organized a lunch debate in the European Parliament in Brussels on 31 January 2012. The event was hosted by Prof. Dr. Leonidas Donskis MEP, Lithuania, and brought together over 60 participants from all over Europe, among them Members of the European Parliament (MEP), officials from the European Commission, representatives of European and international organizations as well as numerous EPWS member organizations. The event set the spark to a dialogue between women scientists and policy makers in Europe regarding the up-coming discussions of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 proposal, reinforcing a cooperation that will allow women scientists to better contribute to European policy-making in the future. The event included the presentation of six EU and national projects, intended to inform the audience about current research projects addressing the gender imbalance in science, paving ways towards establishing a gender-balanced science culture in Europe and giving the word to women researchers. Maria Caprile presented the SHEMERA project. Presentation (attached). More info: