One of the core tasks of the European Platform of Women Scientists is the representation of the interests, needs, concerns and aspirations of women scientists in the research policy debate at the European level. In carrying out this task, EPWS seeks to influence the decision-making process regarding European research policy through negotiation of interests with decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders.
The first step in getting involved in the policy debate is to monitor the decision-making process in all areas relevant to women researchers in the EU. This includes keeping abreast of dealings relating to both employment and social affairs and especially to processes relating to research and gender equality. This is then often followed by drafting written statements on the Platform’s position on these policies. The Platform also conveys its views on possible legislation or events happening in these areas to policy-makers through meetings, official questions and more informal discussions at conferences.
In this section you will find a list of all our position papers, replies to public consultations and official papers, given or presented to the legislative bodies of the EU. This section also gives you access to EPWS Analyses of specific issues relevant to the work of the Platform, such as good practices in terms of both attracting women to science careers and retaining them or the overall discussion of excellence and innovation.
You can also find official publications at EU level on Women and Science and links to EU institutions involved in the decision-making process.