Science and technology policy

International Workshop on Women in Scientific Careers, Paris (France)



16 and 17 (morning) November 2005

Ministère délégué à l'Enseignement supérieur et à la Recherche
1, rue Descartes
Paris 75005

Background and Objectives

Against a background of growing demand for S&T professionals and despite the increase in the number and share of women among science and engineering graduates in many OECD countries, women remain under-represented in scientific and technical careers. In 2004, Science Ministers from 30 countries, including the United States, EU member states and Japan, asked the OECD to identify the reasons for the gap between growing participation of women in higher education and the low share of women in the research workforce and to identify good policy practices for attracting, recruiting and retaining women in scientific careers.
This workshop, under the auspices of the OECD’s Working Group on the Steering and Funding of Research Institutions (SFRI) is part of the OECD's response to this Ministerial request and will bring together representatives from government, academia, public sector research and the business community to share experience and draw lessons and recommendations for all stakeholders.

The initiative for this workshop grew from an idea launched by France’s Mission for Gender Equality in Research and Higher Education, following a conference bringing together OECD Ministers of Research in January 2004.  The Ministers agreed to invite the OECD to help them not only to gain insight into supply and demand for science and technology graduates, but also to identify successful policy measures for increasing the participation of women in scientific and technological careers.  Ms. Haigneré, at that time French Minister for Research, looked forward to France’s involvement in this work, in conjunction with the OECD.
I am very pleased to see this workshop taking place here in Paris today, and hope that it will be the first step in some longer-range work that could be run on a shared basis with other countries. We need to find out where these highly skilled women are going, if not into research, and discuss how to go about attracting more female scientists to go into industrial research.

Jacques Serris
Chairman of the CSTP and Deputy Director
French Ministry of Higher Education and Research

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