II International AMONET Meeting

AMONET – Portuguese Association of Women in Science – held its II International Meeting hosted by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on 12th and 13th October 2009 and attracted over 50 participants from various European countries as well as Brazil.

The meeting provided comprehensive coverage to participants about the patterns of access by women to top management positions in higher education and research institutions and the various measures being taken towards the implementation of gender equality in science.

Brigitte Mühlenbruch, President of the European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS) and Teresa Rees, from Cardiff University, spoke about the situation in Europe and Luísa Prista, representing the EU, highlighted the programs and opportunities in the EU 7th Framework Program, while Capitolina Diaz, General Director for Equality in Employment in Spain, gave an account of the measures put in place by the Spanish government in the past few years and the advancement thus achieved in the processes of empowerment of women in science in Spain.

The situation in Portugal was reported by Helena Pereira from the Technical University of Lisbon, Helena Nazaré from the University of Aveiro, and Helena Araújo from the University of Porto, complemented by several communications from further leading scientists.

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