EELISA Alliance is rooted on the “shared values of democracy, diversity, inclusion and gender equality as the conditio sine quanon to create a European society based on cooperation and sustainability”. 

What EELISA is doing


  • A Gender Equality and Diversity Working Group made of the gender equality and diversity experts from each of our institutions. Do want to know more about Gender Equality at EELISA partners? Check out their websites: SSSA, SNS, ITU, FAU, UPM, UPB, BME, PSL, ENPC.


Areas of intervention following EIGE principles

Women in Science - Some facts

There are still persistent gender gaps in higher education as well as in research and innovation and in the labour market (‘She figures’). While at bachelor and master levels, women outnumber men as students and graduates, and while there is almost gender balance at the doctoral level, there are large gender differences across fields of study – in the STEM fields, women still represent slightly less than a third of students at bachelor and master levels, and 37% of doctoral candidates. Only 33% of Europe’s researchers are women (all fields), and they remain under-represented at the highest level of academia, with only 26% of full professorship positions held by women (‘She figures’ report).

Women in science at EELISA level

According to the latest data gathered at EELISA level, women represent 40% of doctoral students, although there are important imbalances in some fields of study. When looking at the proportion of PhD women graduates per broad field of study (data from 2021), the highest proportion of women at EELISA level is to be found in the fields of Health and welfare (56%) and Arts and humanities (56%) and the lowest in Information and Communication Technologies (21%) and Engineering, manufacturing and construction (26%).

Data gathered show that women are in general underrepresented among the academic staff at EELISA level. Women represent 33% of EELISA overall academic staff and 29% of EELISA Grade A academicians (grade A = highest level at which research is performed, typically full professors). Gender gaps and gender balance vary significantly from one EELISA partner to another.

Gender dimension in research and innovation


Gender equality contributes to the integrity and societal responsibility of research, leveraging scientific and technological quality to higher standards, namely through the gender dimension in research and innovation. Indeed, sex and gender analysis are factors that can affect the quality of research results, and can influence research and innovation decisions when setting priorities, designing studies, communicating results. Do you want to know more? Review our workshop ‘Gender Dimension in Research’  (5 October) here.