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FP6

Final Report - WIST (Women in Innovation, Science and Technology)

Project ID: 36701
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY

Abstract

The technology transfer professions require hybrid competence: one has to understand research logic, to have experience and understanding of the business world, to understand research and development funding mechanisms and have basic knowledge about policymaking. The loss of women at upper levels of academic science is complemented by their reappearance in emerging professions concerned with the economic and social uses of science. The project partners call this disappearance and reappearance 'the vanish box'.

In this report, they examine some of the hidden mechanisms of the vanish box and attempt to explain how they work. Also they give a short overview on the state of the new profession. The report notes that overall, flat hierarchies, flexible working practices, opportunities for a good work-life balance, a lack of ageism, and a general perception that working in TIE is very satisfactory were among the positive characteristics identified by the participants in our case studies.

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