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Final Report - ESGI (European study of gender aspects of inventions - Statistical survey and analysis of gender impact on inventions)

Project ID: 36671
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY

Abstract

The scarcity of women in inventive activities within the European Union means that their innovative potential is less likely to contribute to the technological knowledge creation in the European Union. In consequence, this may lead to biased technology development since personal and professional experience of men and women flows into design and production of technologies.

This document presents the main results obtained within the study 'European Studies on Gender Aspects of Inventions' that ESGI has carried out for the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) between October 2006 and January 2009. The main objective of the project was the investigation of a possible gender impact on invention activities within the 27 European Union Member States.

The project outcomes demonstrate to what extent female inventive activities are present within the European Union Member States and provide insights into the innovation climate of European research and development departments from a gender perspective. Furthermore, it suggests new and / or known equal opportunity policy measures to improve the working conditions for female scientists and researchers.

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