Project Details The Gender Gap in Chemistry – Building on the ISC Gender Gap Project

Project No.:
2020-016-3-020
Start Date:
21 August 2020
End Date:
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Objective

This project covers (1) IUPAC’s contributions to the second phase of International Council of Science (ICS) Gender Gap project (IUPAC project 2017-007-1-020), and (2) work specific to the field of chemistry to use the results of the ISC project to elucidate the situation with respect to gender in chemistry and to identify possible actions to improve the situation.

The first phase of the project was conducted during 2017-2019 with the International Mathematical Union as lead 1 and IUPAC as lead 2 along with 11 other international scientific unions. As an extension, part (1) of this project aims for three priorities:

  • a) to use current technology to provide data access by the unions (and individual researchers we would approve) to the data collected in the Global Survey of Scientists, while protecting the privacy of the respondents to the survey.
  • b) to maintain and develop the interactive tools about publications and the data base of good practices.
  • c) to continue research on the open problems identified by the project.

Part 2 will focus on three activities:

  • a) Query of the results of the Gender Gap project survey to further elucidate the situation with respect to chemistry;
  • b) Further study of publication patterns in chemistry journals;
  • c) Identify good practice initiatives in chemistry.

Description

This project describes IUPAC’s contributions to the second phase of the International Council of Science (ICS) project* (IUPAC project 2017-007-1-020). The first phase of ICS project was conducted during 2017-2019. That joint project involved: International Mathematics Union (lead 1), IUPAC (lead 2), IUPAP, IAU, IUBS, as supporting unions to collaborate on the global survey and a joint study on publication patterns. One of the project outcomes is a collection of good practices of promoting female scientists and girls in mathematics and science was established.

As an extension of that initial project, IUPAC would support continuing work on the ISC project priorities:
(a) to use current technology (a “data suppression technique”) in order to provide data access to unions and researchers, to the data collected in the Global Survey of Scientists, while protecting the privacy of the respondents to the survey;
(a) to maintain and develop the interactive tools about publications Patterns and the data base of good practices; and
(b) to continue research on the open problems identified by the project.

All union and organization representatives in the project want its results and tools to remain available for much longer than the duration of the original project. Research questions raised by the project are numerous and dissemination is essential. The partners will be extended to American Institute of Physics and Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin. The partners believe that these results and tools, which are unique if only by the size of the data collected, can open the way for collaboration with the social science that are now part of ISC.

It is noted that one of ISC is “Gender-transformative science”,  formulated as: “Gender equality in science is central to the ISC’s core values of inclusivity and diversity.”

 

The work within IUPAC will focus on elucidation and expansion of the results of the Gender Gap project with a specific focus on chemistry. The responsibilities of the task group will be shared by three sub-groups described as follows.

  • Sub-task group 1 (CCE members): Will work with American Institute of Physics for generating new research questions specific to chemistry for further analysis and disseminating the new findings.
  • Sub-task group 2 (CPCDS): Will provide expertise and resources of chemistry publications for further patterns analysis.
  • Sub-task group 3 (IYCN and others) will identify and gather additional good practices for the database of the gender project in the chemical field.

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*The initial Gender Gap in Science Project (see https://gender-gap-in-science.org/https://gender-gap-in-science.org/promotional-materials/, or for a short presentation https://www.ictp.it/about-ictp/media-centre/news/2019/11/gender-gap-science.aspx) was funded by the International Science Council and union partners from 2017-2019.

Progress

On September 2020 the Standing Committee for Gender Equality was established to promote gender equality in science.

Follow their activities and visit their site https://gender-equality-in-science.org

Page last update 23 Oct 2020

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