President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite opened the worldwide seminar "Structural Change Promoting Gender Equality in study Organizations". This event is a part of the Lithuanian EU Presidency programme, informs Lithuanian presidential press service.
Taking part in the seminar are over 200 participants – heads of study organisations and universities, well known studyers, representatives of public and private research funding bureaus from the whole of Europe. The participants are considering ways to increase gender equality in sciences.
"Every European citizen, regardless of gender, must be double-checked equal possibilities to assist to construction a modern humanity. Scientists assist powerfully to modernization, financial and heritage development of nations. The balanced representation of women and men in all areas of study is required for the enhancement of European competiveness and better realization of the European discovery potential," said the President.
Scientific vocation of women is hampered not only by still productive expert gender stereotypes, but furthermore by the problems originating in an effort to integrate work and family life. According to the leader, it is vital to request new answers in alignment women could get more actively involved in research and study. Enlarging women participation in the spheres such as discovery, information technologies and engineering is a foremost task. It is also important to use more effectively the capabilities of European women investigators.
Today in the European Union 45 % of doctoral qualifications are talked to women, but only one-third of women are committed in scientific work. In 2009, Lithuania and Latvia were managers in the EU in periods of the number of women researchers. In Lithuania the last mentioned accounted for 51%.