Gender Equality & Gender Balance

Data from the European Union (2015) show that in life sciences women have caught up with or even surpassed men at PhD and postdoctoral level. However, the picture is less positive for more advanced positions.

André Nicolas, ingénieur, et Laetitia Lesage, technicienne de laboratoire. Plateforme de pathologie expérimentale et numérique (PathEx), dédiée aux projets de recherche clinique, translationnelle et fondamentale. La plateforme apporte son expertise sur les procédures techniques et l’interprétation pour la réalisation et l’analyse de projets de recherche utilisant des échantillons biologiques (humains et animaux).
André Nicolas, engineer, & Laetitia Lesage, lab technician.

The reasons for this general imbalance are not well understood, probably many factors play a role, among them unconscious gender bias, recruitment & evaluation procedures, work life balance issues and also reluctance of women to aim for a career in academia. LIBRA develops strategies and actions aimed at these fields of action in order to ensure gender equality as well as gender balance, especially with a view to leadership positions, at EU-LIFE organisations.

She Figures, 2015
She Figures, 2015

Regarding the number of women in leadership positions, Institut Curie is already placed well above the national, EU-28 and EU-LIFE average, but would like to continually improve the professional equality between men and women at the institute and in science in general.

Zofia Maciorowski, ingénieur biologiste, et Annick Viguier, ingénieur d'étude. Plateforme de Cytométrie. La cytométrie en flux permet de mesurer la fluorescence ou la lumière diffractée d'un grand nombre de particules à haute vitesse telles que des cellules, billes, bactéries, levures ou organites. À l'Institut Curie, la cytométrie en flux est principalement utilisée pour quantifier de multiples marqueurs sur des cellules avec la possibilité de trier simultanément plusieurs sous-populations d'intérêt. Les fonctions de la plate-forme de cytométrie en flux sont le tri cellulaire, ainsi que la formation des personnes à l'utilisation autonome des cytomètres multi-paramétriques à haute vitesse et des logiciels s'y référant pour l'acquisition et l'analyse des données.
Zofia Maciorowski, biologist engineer, & Annick Viguier, engineer.

In the framework of LIBRA and supported by a gender expert organisation, Institut Curie has developed a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) that implements innovative actions to boost the numbers of women in leadership positions, enhances the work life balance of all employees and raises science excellence by including sex and gender dimension in research. The GEP was designed based on an in-depth assessment, through a participatory and mutual learning process. It provides targeted measures to create institutional changes in recruitment, career development, training, and work life balance and also provides actions concerning the aspect of the sex and gender dimensions in biomedical research.

The actions are implemented over a period of 2-and-a-half years and monitored through-out. A special plan will be devised to ensure the sustainability of the achievements.

Gender Equality Plan – Institut Curie