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At its inaugural meeting in 1999, the Helsinki Group on Women and Science identified the lack of internationally comparable statistics on women and science as a major obstacle to full and informed debate. As a result, a sub-group of statistical correspondents was formed which, in co-operation with the Research DG and Eurostat, has stimulated the mainstreaming of the sex variable into the European R&D surveys.

It is clear from the ensuing data that women are not only under-represented in scientific research, but that they are distributed differently across disciplines and are less likely to be concentrated at the top of academic and research hierarchies. These phenomena are common to every participating European country. This publication explores the data to find other common patterns in the education, recruitment, promotion and participation of women as researchers and scientists.

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Authors: Editor not stated, European Commission, DG Research, Women and Science Unit, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20733 EN (2003), 118pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20733-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-5812-7
Record Number: 200316983 / Last updated on: 2003-10-13
Original language: en
Available languages: en