The EPWS Paris Conference – “New Perspectives for Women Scientists Careers in Europe”


On 11 June 2014, the Conference “New Perspectives for Women Scientists Careers in Europe” took place at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research near the Panthéon, in the Latin Quarter in Paris.

The event was organised by the European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS), an umbrella organisation established in 2003 and bringing together networks of women scientists and organisations committed to gender equality in scientific research in all disciplines in the 28 EU Member States and the countries associated to the EU research programme. The Conference was divided into two topical sessions. The first one, focusing on “Gender in the new European Framework Programme Horizon 2020”, was chaired by Ms. Yvonne Pourrat of CDEFI and ECEPIE, and included as speakers: Ms. Viviane Willis-Mazzichi, Head of the Sector “Gender” of the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, who gave an extensive and interesting presentation on “Gender in the European Research Area and in the new European Framework Programme Horizon 2020”; Ms. Nadine Heller-Genath of the Contact Point Women into EU Research, based in Bonn; the representatives of the main current gender-related EU-funded projects, such as Ms. Anne Pépin for the INTEGER Project, Mr. Maxime Forest for the EGERA Project; Ms. Anne-Sophie Godfroy for the GenderTIME Project; Ms. Ilenia Picardi for the GENOVATE Project; and Mr. Marino Di Nardo of the Italian Department for Equal Opportunities illustrating the STAGES Project.
The afternoon session was dedicated to “Up-skilling Women Scientists Careers – European and French Perspectives” and chaired by Ms. Claudine Hermann, Vice-President of EPWS. Particularly interesting was the Keynote Speech delivered by Ms. Nicky Le Feuvre of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on “Women, Gender & Science: Modern sexism in action”, which was followed by a specific roundtable on Human Resources Management in R&D in the private sector and in public research institutions, as well as by the presentations on mentoring experiences in Europe and France. Also Ms. Brigitte Mühlenbruch, President of EPWS and Ms. Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Member of the European Parliament and President of the European Union of Women took part in the event by sending respectively a special message and video message to the participants. After each presentation also a brief question and answer session was envisaged, with the aim of promoting the interaction between the speakers, experts and the other stakeholders present in the room.