The FNR has compiled a report following the colloquium WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering), held in the beginning of the 2017 in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. The event brought together 100 scientists, engineers, influencers and decision makers from the Luxembourg public and private research sector and beyond. What is the current situation for women in science and engineering in Luxembourg and how can we do better?
Thanks to a persistent political commitment and considerable government investments into the public and private R&D sector, Luxembourg has the opportunity to welcome a growing number of talented researchers with rich and varied profiles. Yet, Luxembourg currently suffers from a stark lack of female scientists and engineers, particularly in senior positions.
“Only 24 per cent of all researchers in Luxembourg are female, which is below the EU average”, says Michele Weber, Science Communicator and Programme Manager at the FNR who wrote the report entitled ‘WiSE Women – Colloquium Conclusions’ (available for download here). “Where it is particularly bad is in Grade A positions, which is equivalent to Full Professors or senior group leaders – in that respect, we are really at the bottom of the class in Europe.”
The report provides a snapshot of key issues that might limit their number and a set of recommended actions that, if taken, could improve the gender balance not just in this sector – now and in the future.
The WiSE Colloquium was the concluding event of the WiSE Women exhibition (Women in Science and Engineering in Luxembourg), which featured a selection of portraits of female researchers and engineers active in the science and technology sector in Luxembourg. Both events were an initiative of the “Commission consultative de l’égalité entre femmes et hommes” of the VDL and organised in collaboration with the FNR and the FJSL.