As part of its commitment to monitoring and reporting on the position of women in science, the EU set up a subgroup of statistical correspondents within the Helsinki Group to gather extensive and internationally comparable statistics on women in SET across Europe. The group publishes findings under the title She Figures, and has so far released publications in 2003, 2006,2009 and 2012.
Their findings have consistenly shown that in each of the participating European countries women were less likely to be found among the higher levels of academic and research careers.
Some Quick Numbers
- Women account for 32% of researchers in scientific research fields across the EU
- Among university graduates in the EU-27, 59% are women, but only 20% are professors
- Only 7.9% of full professors in engineering and technology are women
- Women represent only 15.5% of heads of institutions in the Higher Education sector
Taken from She Figures 2012
To view the full findings for each of the three publications, click on the links below.
- She Figures 2012 (PDF, 4,329 KB)
- She Figures 2009 (PDF, 5.43 MB)
- She Figures 2006 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- She Figures 2003 (PDF, 992 kB)