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ICMAT mathematics and gender comission



The number of women researchers in the field of mathematics is still far lower than that of men, and as the different stages in a scientific career unfold this gap becomes increasingly wider. The ICMAT is committed to the equality of opportunity for all and is convinced that mathematical talent can be found everywhere regardless of gender. This current situation therefore signifies a loss of gifted minds for science that can and must be rectified. It is for this reason that the ICMAT is launching a gender action plan with the following objectives:

•   To encourage the participation of women in the ICMAT research and outreach programmes.

•   To stimulate the access of women to decision-making positions in the ICMAT.

•   To provide a work environment in which women feel welcome and valued.

•   To enhance the visibility of women mathematicians and to provide role models of top-rank female researchers in mathematics for the public at large and particularly the student population.

•   To assist in the promotion of mathematical vocation among young girls.

•   To participate in national and international gender equality schemes.

•   • Promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer and to foster the capacity of the research centres in their home countries. Science by women (Mujeres por África Program).

To that end, the ICMAT Mathematics and Gender Commission is therefore constituted:


-   Chair: Ana Bravo (UAM)

-   Angélica Benito (UAM)

-   Eva Gallardo (UCM)

-   Eduardo Colorado (UC3M)

-   Ernesto Girondo (UAM)

-   Ágata A. Timón (CSIC)

-   Edith Padrón (ULL)

This commission (in collaboration with other ICMAT members and those from other institutions) will be responsible for the design, execution and assessment of the measures undertaken by the ICMAT strategic gender plan, which forms part of the Severo Ochoa Programme conferred by the MINECO (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness).

Details of the actions belonging to this plan and schedules for their execution are available on this web site.

These actions have the following three-fold structure:

-   Outreach activities. Activities designed to stimulate the vocation of women mathematicians and the education for equality. Competitions, talks, round-table discussions, workshops, etc...

-   Communication activities. In addition to focusing on gender equality in all ICMAT communications aimed at the public, content will also be devoted to showing examples of the work of women mathematicians, both in the newsletter and other communication channels of the centre as well as on the web site.

-   Institutional activities. The presence of women on ICMAT committees, announcements in the calls issued by the centre, the presence and or collaboration of the ICMAT in the gender equality commissions of other centres.