EUROfusion, along with other EIROforum members, marked 11 February, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, by releasing a joint statement expressing its commitment to ensuring that Women and Girls are afforded equal opportunities to be part of the STEM fields. Programme Manager Tony Donné, who is the current EIROforum chair, signed the statement on behalf of the EIROforum council.
"In this spirit, and in particular today, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the EIROforum pays special tribute to the contribution of women and girls whose critical role in science and technology serves to strengthen the scientific community and its collective, global achievements." ~ Joint Statement by EIROforum Council.
Less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women, and there are fewer women in decision making roles and higher-paying STEM jobs. The gender gap in STEM will have deep implications for the future of global economy. EIROforum, a collaboration of eight scientific organisations consisting of CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, European XFEL, EUROfusion and ILL, aims to improve the quality and impact of scientific research throughout Europe. And focusing on diversity & inclusion is an important aspect of bringing up the level of scientific research.
In Focus from UN Women
As the fourth industrial revolution starts, women still have less than two-third of the economic opportunity that men have. The jobs of the future will be driven by technology and innovation, and if the gender divide in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is not bridged soon, the overall gender gap is likely to widen. Read more: International Day of Women and Girls in Science