The ERMES consortium recognizes the “gender gap” stated in the EU Commission Report on equality between women and men (Brussels, 2005) and supports the European initiatives underway to promote gender equality. Conventional gender analysis identifies a number of areas in the interrelation between men and women that contribute to the inequality between them. The ERMES Consortium is aware that the existing data on gender imbalances must be constantly updated, assessed, put to use and made public, as suggested by the European Commission.
ERMES in endowed with its Gender Action Plan that
a) promotes the participation of women in the project, especially empowering women in decision making positions (managing boards, work packages and tasks leaders);
b) monitors the dynamics of the gender balance within the consortium to help identifying gender bias, and propose corrective actions over the life-time of the project;
c) promotes actions related to reconciling work and private life;
d) promotes actions for awareness raising and involvement in research policy debate.
This page provides links to useful resources, as well as an analysis of the gender balance within the ERMES project.
- Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on equality between women and men, Brussels, 2005
- European Commission on Gender Equality (webpage)
- European Commission Gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research (webpage)
- UN womenwatch website
- European Platform of Women Scientists website
Analysis of Gender Balance within ERMES
Women covered about 25% of the total personnel involved in ERMES, with some task leading positions already assigned to women scientists. From the beginning of the project’s activities all partners were encouraged to hire the planned additional staff and to accept PhD fellowships, and last-year undergraduate students without any prejudice against sex or race, while promoting the participation of women.
ERMES Gender participation is calculated by the following workforce statistics in order to meet the expectations of the EU policy:
- Number (and %) of women involved in the scientific management of the project (coordination, WP leaders, task leaders);
- Number (and %) of women involved in the scientific partnership as scientific team leaders of the project;
- Number (and %) of women early researchers (students and MSc or PhD students);
- Number (and %) of women experienced researchers;
- Number (and %) of women involved in the administrative management of the project;
- Number (and %) of women involved in the labor.
The overall personnel involved in ERMES counts 78 persons, with different roles, of which 48 are men and 30 are women.
As regards the overall percentage of women inside the project it represents around 40% of the workforce. Looking in detail as regards research and other roles it can be noticed that regarding experienced researcher (i.e. post doc positions) men are approximately the double of women, as well as for early researcher.
Women in ERMES administrative staff are, instead, three times men. As regards the managing roles, women are in charge of about the 22% of decision-making positions.