Women, research and universities: excellence without gender bias

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
League of European Research University

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First paragraph of exective summary : A powerful and internationally competitive research based is essential to ensure Europe’s vitality; it in turn is dependent on Europe’s capacity to attract and retain highly skilled and creative researchers. LERU (2010) has previously shown how universities and others can create and enhance attractive employment conditions, career perspectives and support for researchers- men and women. The present paper focuses on women in academia because more women than men drop out of research careers, resulting in an underrepresentation of women in leading positions, a loss of talent for society and a lack of diversity in the workplace, each of which presents a potential threat to the search for excellence in research.