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  • Women in science

  • Increasing the participation of women in science

  • Women in science

    Increasing the participation of women in science

    DEFEND shares the EC’s view that equality between women and men is a fundamental EU value.

    The DEFEND consortium aims to promote equality between men and women in all its activities, and, more broadly, to pursue sustainable structural and cultural change to advance gender equality. These aims will be guided by policies such as those outlined in EC’s Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality 2016-2019

    The DEFEND project will undertake practical activities to increase the participation of women in science.

    Best practice guidelines are provided for the design of DEFEND activities in order to promote gender equality, and female leadership in the DEFEND consortium is made clearly visible. Female scientists in leadership positions are valuable role models for all scientists, especially early career female scientists who may strive for such a position in the future.

    Gender equality activities that have been undertaken in DEFEND:

    • Defend Gender Equality Action Plan
    • Information about gender equality has been shared via the DEFEND website.
    • There was a discussion during the consortium kick-off meeting focused on the participation and promotion of women within scientific fields.
    • Financial support to cover additional caring responsibilities has been and will continue to be provided to consortium members attending DEFEND conferences.
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