During its first meeting on March 31, 2005 the EPWS Founding Board has agreed to set up an international non profit making association with an international aim for which Belgian law provides the legal form of an AISBL (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif).

This was officially approved in November 2005 and a first Board of Administration was constituted. The Executive Committee was also established from amongst the members of the Founding Board: Dr. Adelheid Ehmke, former Vice-President of the University of Luxemburg, has been elected as President of the EPWS, Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch, former Director of the Centre of Excellence Women and Science in Bonn as Vice-President and Prof. Mineke Bosch, Professor at the Centre for Gender and Diversity at the University of Maastricht, as Treasurer.

The basic features of the Association are as follows:


In order to guarantee democratic and transparent decision making procedures the Association will be composed of the following bodies:
– the General Assembly of full members
– the Board of Administration
– the Executive Committee


Full members must have legal status in their own member state/country and are expected to actively support the Platform by working in one of the Standing Committees:

  •  Participation in the Policy Debate
  •  Gender Dimension in Science
  •  Promotion of Women Scientists
  •  Structural Reinforcement
  •  Information and public relations


Individuals can join the work and support the Platform as Supporting Members.

The first General Assembly took place in Brussels on 27-28 April 2007.

EPWS Members met for the second General Assembly in Vilnius on 6 June 2008.

The third General Assembly was held in Brussels on 25 June 2009.

Between January 2006 and October 2009, the Association was actively supported by the staff team of the Secretariat, headed by the Secretary General.


About EPWS

The European Platform of Women Scientists is an international non-profit organisation that represents the needs, concerns, interests, and aspirations of more than 12.000 women scientists in Europe and beyond.


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