►Own-initiative Opinion on Women in science (2015/C 012/02).: October 15th 2014.

The EESC advocates that “integrating a gender analysis into R&I content ensures that research, as well as today’s innovations, adequately take into account the needs, behaviours and attitudes of both women and men. Studies show that the integration of sex and gender analysis increases the relevance and quality of research and innovation. It also adds value to society and business by making research responsive to a broad and diverse user base and by creating more inclusive innovation processes, as demonstrated by the Gendered Innovation project”. Consequently, the EESC urges the European Commission to propose a recommendation which “should encourage Member States to remove legal and other barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers; address gender imbalances in decision-making processes and strengthen the gender dimension in research programmes1.

It also recommends Members States that the evaluation, accreditation and funding of research institutions and organisations should be linked to their performance on gender equality stating also that Member States and their respective institutions should develop a methodology for monitoring and evaluating the efficiency of action on gender equality.

  • 1. Conclusions and recommendations: 1.5 from the Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on Women in Science. (2015/C 012/02)