The "Gender Gap in Science" Project


Gender Gap in Science, an ICSU project

Mathematical and natural sciences have long and honorable traditions of participation by highly creative women contributors. However, the percentages of women scientists remain shockingly low and there is a significant gender gap at all levels between women and men. Barriers to achievement by women persist, especially in developing countries.

The project “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?” will produce sound data to support the choices of interventions that ICSU and member unions can feasibly undertake. ICIAM is a member of this project.

The project consists of three tasks. Tasks 1 and 2 provide data on which to base conclusions, to direct actions to attract and retain women in science, and to develop and evaluate practical recommendations. Task 3 collects information on effective practices.

An important Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing and Natural Scientists is going on at the moment.

Project's website

The project is lead by the

and other participants are:

  • International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)
  • International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)
  • International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM)
  • International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), through its project STEM and Gender Advancement (SAGA)
  • Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE)