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WS DEBATE — Result In Brief

Project ID: 36651
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY
Country: Hungary

Promoting the gender-in-science policy debate

An EU-funded initiative succeeded in translating and distributing a significant European report on the marginalisation of women in science to central European countries. The ensuing networking and public debate should have a positive impact on research and policymaking regarding gender issues in these countries.
Promoting the gender-in-science policy debate
The ‘Stimulating policy debate on women and science issues in Central Europe’ (WS Debate) project was designed to use the so-called Enwise report as a starting point for a public policy debate regarding marginalisation of women in science in central European countries.

Specifically, the researchers translated the report into the central European languages of the countries included and distributed the results through various channels including local media. Thus, the investigators furthered the ongoing European Commission efforts to stimulate public policy debate regarding women in science by making the effort more visible to public policymakers, female scientists and other target groups in the area.

One of the major contributions of this effort was increasing the awareness of women in science and of policymakers for the need to include gender in research. For example, until recently, most data on heart disease and many others was based on research of men, largely because it is easier to control for variables such as hormonal fluctuations. It is critical that researchers include a gender dimension in their studies, and the WS Debate project brought this issue to the forefront in central European countries.

In summary, the WS Debate project encouraged development of a broad network of women in science as well as gender experts in the central European countries studied and within the European Union. The team thus helped create a forum for future debate of relevant topics, which should make a significant impact on the condition of women in science in these countries.

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