Promoting gender equality in research institutions and integration of the gender dimension in research content

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by Federico Zemborain - published on , updated on

CNRS (France)

The National Center for Scientific Research is a French government-funded national research organisation created in 1939. As the largest basic research organisation in Europe, CNRS carries out research in all fields of knowledge. It is the host institution with the highest number of ERC grants in Europe and ranked first in the world in number of publications for 2006-2010 (SCImago scientific institution ranking). CNRS has over 34,000 employees working in its 1,100 laboratories located throughout the national territory, most of them joint labs with universities. CNRS has been involved in numerous EU FP-funded projects, currently co-ordinates five ERA-NETs and is a participant in ten more.

By establishing its Mission for the Place of Women (MPF) in July 2001, CNRS became the first public research institution in France to create such a structure and programme in charge of designing, implementing, coordinating and assessing all actions aimed at fostering gender equality within the organisation. CNRS has committed to the development of a gender action plan in its 2009-2013 “Contract of Objectives" with the French Government and has adopted one in 2013, thanks to efforts led by project INTEGER. CNRS is therefore both a Programme Owner and Manager in the field of gender equality in research.

CNRS has also been playing a leading role at national level in the development and recognition of gender studies through various programmes. A national inventory of researchers on gender and/or women, in various disciplines, was undertaken by the Mission, and on the initiative of the CNRS Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS), an inter-institution Gender Institute (GIS Institut du Genre) was created in 2012. In 2010, a national pluridisciplinary thematic network (RTP) programme on gender studies was launched by CNRS to explore the integration of the gender dimension in fields outside humanities and social sciences. This successful initiative led in 2012 to the newly-created CNRS Mission for Interdisciplinarity (MI) electing gender as one of CNRS’s great interdisciplinary research challenges for coming years. The Gender Challenge Programme (Défi Genre) aims at developing a gender perspective in different scientific fields, through funding to interdisciplinary research teams. National calls for proposals have been launched in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In that respect, CNRS is both a Programme Owner and Manager in the field of gendering research contents.

Tasks in GENDER-NET:
- Project coordinator, Leader of Work Package 1 and 4, Participant to all Work Packages.

Team members:

Anne Pépin
GENDER-NET Project Coordinator
Jeanne Collin
European Project Manager

See online : Mission for the Place of Women at CNRS (FR)


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