Only a low percentage of professors are women or hold leading positions in RTD projects. To enhance the opportunities for women in science, given their under-representation, is a broadly accepted aim in the EU, and also in the GLaSS project. The objectives of the EU Plan of Action on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Development, 2010-2015 (GEWE) are the basis of GLaSS’s action plan. GLaSS main actions with regard to gender balance are:
To work on this, GLaSS has a gender officer, Dr. Anu Reinart, who is Director of Tartu Observatory.
The GLaSS co-ordinator Dr. Steef Peters is male, and out of the day-to-day project managers at the seven consortium partners, six are females. GLaSS can therefore serve as a good example for young females to continue in science.
At the GLaSS project meeting in Tartu, 2014, Associate Professor Dr. Susanne Kratzer gave a great presentation "Against all odds - my journey as a woman along the tracks of science" in which she coupled small personal changes in life to generally applicable rules and advices for everyone in science: females and males. Some of her advices can be found here.
"Knowledge belongs to you, you can take it anywhere and can carry you through different social levels and gender barriers"
(Associate Professor Dr. Susanne Kratzer, 2014)
The not obvious things you can do yourself to succeed in science:
What employers can do:
EC: Woman in science