Meta-analysis of gender and science research


This project focuses on providing a thorough vision and analysis of research carried out on gender and science at European, national and regional levels.

The purpose of the Meta-analysis of gender and science research study is to collect and analyse gender and science research on the following topics:

  • Horizontal segregation in research careers
    the issue of choice of scientific subjects by girls and occupational choices by women, the perception and attractiveness of science, engineering and technology, the causes underlying these choices (e.g. stereotypes, influence of family and role models, etc.), the causes of success and failure at university level, etc.
  • Vertical segregation in research careers
    the barriers for women to reach top scientific positions ("glass ceiling" or "sticky floor"), mentoring/tutoring initiatives, etc.
  • The underlying causes and effects of these two aspects, including work-life balance issues, pay gap, mobility-related obstacles, dual careers, evidence of discrimination, working culture, stereotypes, gender bias in research contents, etc.

Ultimately, the objective is to steer policy-making on gender and science in the years to come and define future research priorities within the 7th Framework Programme, in particular through good practice examples and gap analysis in the various research topics

Basic information

Country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Coordinator: CIREM Foundation,

Programme: FP7

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Target groups: policy makers, researchers, university students, university lecturers

Topic: Aeronautics, Archaeology, Astronomy, Applied sciences, Biology, Biotechnology, Computer science, Chemistry, Ecology, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Environmental sciences, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Information technology, Materials science, Maths, Physics, Technology, Other

Start year: 2008

End year: 2010


Contact person: Maria Caprile, maria.caprile (at)

The objectives of the study are to:

  • Provide an exhaustive overview and analysis of all research carried out on gender and science in Europe.
  • Make the study results accessible to researchers and policy-makers via publishable reports and an informed bibliography available in a database (the Gender and Science Database, GSD,

A final synthesis report presents the main findings of the various topical reports and provides recommendations for policy-makers at European, national and regional levels.

This project is a research project. However, some of the outcomes on science education and gender may be of interest to teachers as well. See the Gender and Science Database (GSD) under topics such as education, science, mathematics and computing:

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