Research & Policy
The under-representation of women in science and engineering that we see in Ireland is mirrored at EU level. As a result, the EU has taken several steps toward ensuring greater access to opportunities and careers in science for women.
Several studies have shown a sharp decline in the numbers of women in research as the levels of academic hierarchy progress, with women only accounting for 7.9% of full professors in engineering and technology throughout the EU (She Figures 2012). This gender imbalance does not automatically self-correct, and up-to-date studies show that although female undergraduates now account for more than 55% of the total, there has been no significant increase in the numbers of women in the top academic grades in science and engineering.