Both women and men are needed in research and research policy making if Europe is to achieve its ambitions in research and innovation. The objective is to foster scientific excellence and a breadth of research approaches by fully utilising gender diversity and equality and avoiding an indefensible waste of talent. In spite of national and EU-level strategies, the pace of change is slow and considerable disparities between countries remain. There are persistent gender imbalances within Europe’s research and innovation systems (particularly at senior levels), and the gender dimension in research content is commonly overlooked. Addressing these issues will also reinforce the attractiveness of Europe to high quality researchers.
Translating national equality legislation into effective action to address gender imbalances in research institutions and decision making bodies and integrating the gender dimension better into R&D policies, programmes and projects.