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Gender and excellence in the making

Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY


The issue of gender and excellence represents a relatively young research field in which questions, methods and answers are developing rapidly. Scholars from very different fields and using very different methodologies gathered together for the workshop. Some participants were experts in measuring scientific output on a large scale, while others were primarily oriented towards the multifaceted issue of gender and science. Qualitative case studies on micro-politics, text analysis on placement reports, experiments with men and women judging each other, and extensive surveys on success scores of men and women regarding research applications were examined together in an effort to unravel the different aspects of the complicated issue of gender and scientific excellence. In this context, exchange of ideas and research results were expected to be very fruitful: sometimes dissension is a major source of inspiration for scientific developments.

In this synthesis report, we have tried to summarise the most important factual elements and discussions from the workshop, and streamline the conclusions and recommendations arrived at in the final session.This synthesis report opens with a description of the problem, the dilemmas regarding existing measurements of scientific excellence, followed by a chapter on masculinity and male bonus, and the social dynamics regarding development and measurement of scientific excellence. The next chapter investigates mechanisms causing indirect gender bias and, finally, the report will draw some general conclusions and make some recommendations.

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Authors: NO AUTHORS STATED, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21222 EN (2004), 169 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-21-222-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-7479-3
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