Statistics on Women in Maths. in Europe 1993 and 2005.

Monday, November 12, 2012
Catherine Hobbs and Esmyr Koomen


This is a report from statistics on the proportion of women in mathematics in many European countrier. The introduction to the report, written by Catherine Hobbes and Esmyr Koomen says:



Data on women in mathematical research in Europe was last collected in 1993 by
the Women in Mathematics Committee of the European Mathematical Society.
This illustrated a perhaps surprising distribution of the proportions of women
in mathematical research across the EU, with considerable differences between
different regions. In particular, southern countries, such as Italy, Portugal and
Spain, had a much higher proportion of women in mathematics than northern
countries such as Germany and Sweden.
In 2005, funding from the UK Royal Society Athena Awards enabled us
to repeat this data collection exercise. We used a variety of sources for data
collection, including European Women in Mathematics regional co-ordinators,
national statistics agencies and the internet. Our aim was to collect data to
compare with the 1993 study, but we also collected further data from countries
not included in the original study and tried to obtain more detailed information
about career grading than had been possible in 1993. In fact it is hard to obtain
truly comparative data since countries in Europe often have very different
academic career grades and also the distinction between research mathematics,
educational mathematics and research in related areas such as physics and
statistics makes it hard to distinguish just the women in mathematics research.
However, we have made as good an attempt as possible and present our data
and analysis here.