Science Europe (2017), Practical Guide to Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations
Gender inequality in the european research ecosystem, and across wider society, must be addressed for both social and economic reasons. Furthermore, the benefit of equality and diversity is incontrovertible. research funding and research performing organisations have a crucially important role to play in addressing gender inequality; not only for the benefit of their own ecosystem, but to contribute to progress in wider society. these organisations also have a key role in enabling all researchers – regardless of gender, career stage or field of research – to realise their optimum potential. Science europe is dedicated to improving the research environment for all researchers in europe and thus this topic is also reflected in the Science europe roadmap.
It is for these reasons that this practical guide is an important contribution in enabling mutual learning between Science europe Member organisations. as can be seen from it, many organisations have instigated elements of good practice; for example, the irish research council has instigated gender blinding for assessments in its early-stage career researcher programmes. this publication provides a very welcome menu of approaches for consideration across the breadth of organisational activity. Furthermore, it will be invaluable to other stakeholders in the research ecosystem in terms of setting out the current landscape vis-à-vis good practice and guiding the further embedding of context-specific approaches. in other words, there are learnings for the whole research ecosystem in this guide.