International Women's Day: analysis of gender equality in human resources for research, MSCA policies, and voices of mobile researchers

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Gender equality is a fundamental value of the European Union. We EURAXESS would like to take, as we did last year, the opportunity of the International Women’s Day on this 8 March 2017 to focus on the gender balance issue in research HR.

As this year also marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marie Sklodowska-Curie, we prepared for you a short presentation of the gender equality initiatives within the mobility programme Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, and we also interviewed three mobile female researchers under an MSCA grant who have experience in Europe and Japan.

Check our piece on Gender equality in human resources for research and MSCA here

Dr Louise WALPORT, MSCA IF Global Fellow, University of Tokyo

Louise Walport

How did you obtain the grant?

Like all grant applications, the MSCA GF took a substantial amount of time to prepare so starting early was key, especially with the additional specific hurdle of coordinating between two different universities on two different continents! I was lucky that both my outgoing and incoming hosts were extremely helpful in making the application as painless as possible.

read her whole interview here


DR Isabelle VEA, MSCA IF Reintegration Panel grantee, Edinburgh University

Isabelle Vea

You applied with success to an MSCA IF grant under the reintegration panel. Congratulations!

Having spent most of my research career outside of Europe, I was interested in the opportunity to come back, rediscover the work environment here and network with the European scientific community before applying for a position. The reintegration panel allows European researchers who were based outside of Europe for a significant amount of time to come back and reconnect and reintegrate with European research, so this panel exactly fitted my situation and goals.

read her whole interview here


dr Eri SAKATA, MSCA IF Fellow, and Group Leader at Max Planck Institute

Eri Sakata

You are under an MSCA mobility grant in Europe. Can you tell us a bit about your professional choices?

I am still founded under my MSCA IF grant because I was able to suspend it during my six-month maternity leave. I first came to Germany as a JSPS postdoctal fellow after my Ph.D at Nagoya University. At that time I was not planning to pursue my career abroad and had rather planned to go back to Japan after a short stay. However, as my project was not finished within the limited time of my JSPS fellowship, I decided to extend my stay. With time, I realised it was easy for me to work in Germany, where work and personal life are balanced and gender equality is better achieved.

Read her whole interview here


Women researchers are mobile all around the world! You can check interviews of mobile researchers in ASEAN, Brazil (1) Brazil (2), China, and India (1) India (2) too!

Wishing you a good read!