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Women in Science: Why So Few?

[This piece was first published on FutureChallenges.org.]

When a  few years ago I first got interested in this topic, I obsessively read all I could about it. The oldest paper I found at that time was from 1965 and bore the title: “Women in Science: Why So Few?” Yes, it’s the same as the title of the current posting and no, this is not a simple coincidence: women are thin on the ground in science and technology.

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Publié par le 29 avril 2012 dans Research, Science, Women

 

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Men, women, gender equality and… natural laws?

As you may have noticed it already, I am kinda interested in gender issues. This means quite a few things, “gender issues”. Sounds trendy, fashionable, LGBT-compliant, gently feminist, etc. Dunno, it is just end of any form of sexism for me. In “gender issues”, there is gender = not only women, not only men, but both.

Anyway. I am not intending to write a crash course on gender studies here. Although, honestly, after what will follow, I think some people should urgently take one. For the context: I was attending an one-day seminar where I presented an international workgroup I will chair and which will focus on encouraging women in science. As this is a long story, I’ll skip it here and come back to it later.

So, the context, was I saying: at this seminar, as at any seminar or conference, there are brochures, leaflets and stuff presenting various initiatives. I always take them all to read them calmly once I am home and have time. This time, no exceptions: I got back home with nearly a kilogram of brochures that I read from page 1 to the end. The part #mylife stops here. I wanted to tell you about one of them which definitely got my attention. It is a… surprising reading.

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Publié par le 8 décembre 2011 dans Women

 

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To PhD or not to PhD?

StudyingOk, so here is some quick thought. The other day, I received a nice mail from Nature Staff member asking me whether I’d like to take part to a blogging initiative they had about PhD. I did accept with great pleasure since this was an excellent opportunity to talk about important things and to be read by a huge amount of people. Whether they would agree with what I say or not is not the question. Nobody asked for. To me, the crucial thing was to tell about what people can live through their years as as PhD. My answers are here.

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Publié par le 22 avril 2011 dans Research, Science, Women

 

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Ban Ki-moon urges universities to promote women’s empowerment

A week or so ago, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared: « Women remain second-class citizens in too many countries, deprived of basic rights or legitimate opportunities ». It was during the Global Colloquium of University Presidents, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.

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Publié par le 11 avril 2011 dans Research, Women

 

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Podcasts from the EMBO Meeting 2010 now available

As you already read it, I attended the EMBO Meeting 2010 in Barcelona. I briefly blogged about some of the conferences (check reminder below). The podcasts of some of the keynotes are now available here featuring:

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Publié par le 24 octobre 2010 dans Research, Science

 

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Gender equality and diversity do matter in FLOSS

On September 30, 2010, the Gender Equality and Diversity sessions took place as a satellite event of the Open World Forum 2010. Please find below a short summary of the workshop held in the afternoon dedicated to a Diversity Statement to be realized in the near future. Here are the slides introducing this workshop (pdf). The program mentions two different workshops (one dedicated to communities and the other to companies), but indeed we merged them.

DISCLAIMER: Given that I was also participating, it is very possible that I forgot to mention details here.

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Publié par le 15 octobre 2010 dans Free software

 

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Too few women in science and tech: links (1)

I am writing a small review on this topic. The minor problem is the huge amount of stuff I read nearly everyday on this. Therefore, I decided to keep interesting links here: I can read them whenever I want to… and you too 🙂 Here we go for the first episode:

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Publié par le 14 octobre 2010 dans Lectures, Politique, Science

 

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