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Growing concern at the EU level about the under-representation of women in scientific careers led the Commission to set up, in November 1999, a group to focus on women and science, comprised of civil servants and gender experts from the 15 EU Member States and from countries associated with the Fifth Framework Programme. It became known as the Helsinki Group on Women and Science, and its members have produced national reports on the situation of women scientists in their respective countries.

This report, produced by the Helsinki Group for the Women and Science Unit of the European Commission's Directorate General for Research, offers an analysis of all the national reports as well as a summary of each report. There is considerable diversity among the countries in terms of scientific infrastructure, equality measures and the climate for women seeking to pursue scientific careers. Common factors include a lack of gender balance in decision-making about science policy and among those who determine what constitutes good science.

The full report can be downloaded from the CORDIS Document Library, but it is a large document (12.9 Mb) and may take a long time to download. Individual sections of the report, and an Executive Summary in 11 languages, as well as the 25 national reports, can be downloaded from the 'Women and Science' page on CORDIS at:

Additional information

Authors: REES T, University of Cardiff (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20308 EN (2002), pp.140. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20308-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research. Fax: +32-2-29-58220. E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-3579-8
Record Number: 200214921 / Last updated on: 2002-07-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en