Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

In the news

A Resource to Raise Women's Visibility - Science, 30 June 2014
By: Beryl Lieff Benderly

COPENHAGEN—Surely, one reason women scientists are relatively rare on university faculties—in academic leadership posts such as department chairs and deans, on the programs of scientific meetings, as experts interviewed by the media, on boards, and in other prominent positions—is that women are less visible than men. They’re less visible because they get less publicity and attention than men, even if they are just as accomplished. 
AcademiaNet, a 4-year-old website sponsored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, a German charitable foundation, and the magazine Spektrum der Wissenschaft, provides an antidote to women’s undeserved obscurity. The aim is to "increase the number of women in leading positions" in academe, government, industry, nonprofit organizations, and elsewhere by "rais[ing] the visibility" of outstanding women, said Ingrid W√ľnning Tschol, senior vice president for health and science at the Robert Bosch Stiftung, in a speech to the first European Conference for Science Journalists at the Euroscience Open Forum on 22 July.

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