WG on Gender in Research and Innovation (former Helsinki Group)
While the number of female students is increasing in Europe, women are still underrepresented in the fields of research and science. The European Commission established the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation (HG) in 1999 as an advisory group to help to overcome this disadvantage of women in these fields. In 2017, the Helsinki Group was tansformed to the Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation of the European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC).
The WG on Gender consists of representatives from Member States, Associated Countries and the European Commission. The overall objective of the Group is to advise the Council and the European Commission on policies and initiatives on gender equality in Research and Innovation (R&I), for the benefit of scientists, research institutions, universities, businesses and society at large.
The Standing Working Group shall advise and support the European Commission and the Council in implementing and monitoring the ERA priority 4, the ERA Roadmap 2015-2020, gender equality in Horizon 2020 and the Council Conclusions on “Advancing gender equality in the ERA” of 1st December 2015. The Standing Working Group shall closely cooperate with the Commission services and other ERA-related groups with the aim of developing recommendations to ERAC. The Group will:
- Provide support to address policy challenges related to gender in R&I
- Promote mutual learning regarding gender equality policies / strategies
- Facilitate the regular collection of sex-disaggregated data for the She Figures
The Standing Working Group meets twice a year (if necessary up to four times) in Brussels. The Chair will be elected from among the representatives of Member States on the Group by a majority of its component Members for a period of three years.
Ms. ROBERTA SCHALLER-STEIDL, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Ms. SILVIA NEUMANN, Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology
Ms. GABRIELE SPÖRKER, Statistics Austria
Mr. DIETER BAUMANN, Statistics Austria