News | 17 February 2017

GenderInSITE-supported IMU-IUPAC project on gender in math and natural sciences wins ICSU grant

In 2016, GenderInSITE pledged its support and cooperation with the International Mathematical Union (IMU), International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and International Astronomical Union (IAU) for a project to  support improved data collection and other evidence on  gender in mathematics and the natural sciences, as well as resources to encourage women and girls to enter these fields.  It was announced in February that the International Council for Science (ICSU) has chosen the project, along with two others, to receive funding as part of its grants programme to develop science education and outreach. The three projects were selected from among 58 applicants. Each will receive 300,000 euro in funding over a 3-year period.

This project, titled “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences:  How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?,”  plans to collect information about careers and salaries in more than 130 countries, as well as to analyze publication patterns in these fields to obtain gender disaggregated statistics on output.  It will also compare regions and cultures to determine trends across regions, genders, and disciplines. 

For more information on this project and the other ICSU Grants Programme 2017 recipients, see the announcement on the ICSU website.