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There are mainly two approaches as to how to increase women’s participation in science:

(a) to invest in education, from the earliest possible age, to change gender discriminatory culture & conceptual patterns and build more equal society;

(b) to enforce remedial Affirmative Action, offering compulsory minimum standard for gender distribution.

There are flaws in both approaches: Investment in education cannot yield desired results in short – even medium – term.
Affirmative Action might impede other societal values and goals (e.g., scientific standards, equality, etc.). This approach is challenged because in fact, it might endure rather than resolve gender inequalities.
There are factors that influence the level of gender distribution and inequality. Once identified, they can be tackled. They can be identified when impediments on participation are exposed. They might be unintended and unnoticed hurdles, related to researchers – their workplace, line of work, family situation, fears or reservations as to participating in projects, etc. They can be unrelated to researchers: evaluation & negotiation processes & organs, consortia structures, documentation, working methods, etc.
We set to detect these factors and validate their functionality, identifying relations between their change & tuning and expected results of such changes and tuning in terms of level of women’s participation.
Qualitative research will be done into the “world” of factors, followed by quantitative examination aiming to ascertain influence & relations of each factor onto women’s participation. The results will be integrated into an applicative model that will enable to actively influence the participation level. Actionable tools to improve this level will be developed, improved and further perfected, statistically supported and monitored, resulting in intervening mechanisms to affect the level of women’s participation in science while assuring that no desired and important values and goals are prejudiced.


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Author: Ben-Asher

Academic Director & Chief Scientist, Prof. Ben-Asher has been educated in Israel, USA and UK where he also held senior academic positions for many years in the areas of Strategic Planning and Management, Business Economics & Methodology.
Zohar has also taught at institutions of high learning in various countries in Europe, Asia and America.  He is a long-standing expert and reviewer in European Framework Programmes and he is renowned China scholar. Zohar brings in his extensive theoretical & methodological research experience, along with long standing strategic practice in planning, organisation and management. Apart from EU & other internationally funded sceintific & technological projects, Zohar has been actively involved in planning and management of projects in the areas of strategic planning and sustainable development, policy formation and government, management, education, methodology and Asian business. Zohar has written numerous academic works that can be viewed in his personal website.
Zohar has developed and executed programmes for staff performance assessment and promotion policies at universities and a programme aimed at the improvement of universities’ international ranking.
Further details of his professional history & experience can be found in Zohar’s CV.

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