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The Women and science conference held in Brussels on 28-29 April 1998, provided an exceptional forum for the Commission, the European Parliament and scientists, one of those moments where one can sense the very pulse of the political process at its intersection with the expectations of the electorate.
The huge response and turnout by the scientific community, national administrations and the media reflected the extent to which the promotion of women in scientific research is regarded in Europe as a matter of primary importance.
The relationship between women and science was examined from several angles: reflections, personal experience, analyses and declarations of political will.
through philosophical and sociological reflections it was possible to highlight the importance of the contribution women hane to make to scientific research : reaching beyond the question of equal opportunity, it is also a matter of enriching research as such.
Personal accounts of women scientists illustrated and confirmed the prejudices and pitfalls women have to cope with when taking up a career in science. The most brilliant among them are not spared, which clearly shows that it is hardly their excellence that is in doubt but that it is a question of sexist responses that have to be neutralized.
The quantitative analysis of the status of women in research and an analysis of certain aspects of how the research system operates highlighted the extent to which women are under-represented and the complexity of the underlying mechanisms.
The decision-makers expressed their strong political commitment at regional and national level to take action for the promotion of women in research. arch.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18354 EN (1998) 213pp.
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Record Number: 199910550 / Last updated on: 1999-04-01
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