Standing Committee for Gender Equity in Science is Off to a Great Start

As noted in the July 2020 Dianoia Issue, the global project, “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It”, supported by ICSU and then ISC from 2017 to 2019, gave rise to a new Standing Committee on Gender Equity in Science.  This committee, founded in June 2020 through a memorandum of understanding among 9 international unions, has as its goal the promotion of gender equity globally and across all sciences.  Member organizations include: 

  • International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM)
  • International Mathematical Union (IMU)
  • International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)
  • International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST)
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE)

The ICIAM representative is Carol Woodward (USA) and alternate representative Guiying Yan (China). The committee was formally established in September 2020 and had its first meeting on October 9, 2020.  During the meeting, the Chair and Vice Chair were elected, a Communications Officer was appointed, and basic operating procedures were developed.  In addition, a new website proposal was awarded, and information on on-going projects to promote gender equity among partners was given.  The committee is currently developing some recommendations addressing the impacts of Covid-19 on women scientists.  

For more information on the new standing committee, see the new website,


Carol S. Woodward

Carol S. Woodward, Lawrence Livermore Nat Lab, is President-Elect of SIAM and Vice Chair of the Standing Committee for Gender Equity in Science. Her research includes portable numerical software, time integration methods, and algebraic solvers.