GENDER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY WORKPLACE: A NEW ZEALAND PERSPECTIVE <ul><li>Dr Di McCarthy </li...
<ul><li>“ Science lies at the heart of the economic development strategy of this National led Government” </li></ul><ul><l...
 
<ul><li>“ New Zealand faces a very clear challenge.  We need to substantially improve our economic, social and environment...
<ul><li>“ Science and innovation are the main drivers of the modern economy.  We need to nurture and retain our best and b...
STATUS OF WOMEN IN NEW ZEALAND <ul><li>In recent years, some have occupied key leadership positions in NZ </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>However, the profile of these individual women at the top does not reflect the status generally of women in profes...
<ul><li>HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION: </li></ul><ul><li>NEW ZEALAND CENSUS OF WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION  2010 </li></ul>
GOOD NEWS <ul><li>Since the 2008 Report, flurry of initiatives to advance women in corporate governance </li></ul><ul><li>...
The Good News % women on NZ state sector boards Source: Ministry of Women’s Affairs
AND SOME NOT SO GOOD SIGNS <ul><li>Women on boards are being closely monitored internationally as an indicator of women’s ...
Source: Ministry of Women’s Affairs
Australia is moving fast 2010 Dec 2011
 
AGENDA FOR CHANGE 2010 <ul><li>“ A key finding of this report is that New Zealand has started to slide backwards in a numb...
<ul><li>What is the situation with respect to women in Science? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Proportion of Core S&T workforce by gender </li></ul>Re-drawn from  An Advanced Skills Action Plan for Research, S...
HRC’s Census 2010: <ul><li>Women are making slow gains at the top but are yet to crack 10% of elite positions as Royal Soc...
<ul><li>FRSNZ: Percent of Fellows who are women across Electoral Colleges </li></ul>
<ul><li>FRSNZ: For grouped Electoral Colleges, percent of Fellows who are women </li></ul>
<ul><li>Crown Research Institutes (CRI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National science institutions owned by the Crown </li></ul><...
<ul><li>CRIs </li></ul>
<ul><li>CRIs: Proportion of women on Executive and Science Management Teams </li></ul>* * * * *  0%
STATUS OF WOMEN IN UNIVERSITIES
<ul><li>University of Otago Science Faculty  </li></ul>Male Female %F P 40 11 28 AP 36 11 31 SL 51 32 63 L 24 13 54 151 67...
<ul><li>University of Auckland Science Faculty </li></ul>
<ul><li>Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research & Development </li></ul>
<ul><li>R&D as Percentage of GDP and Researchers as Percentage Total Employment, 2008 </li></ul>Source: Main Science and T...
WHO FUNDS THE RESEARCH? <ul><ul><li>Ministry for Science & Innovation :   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oversees RS&T investm...
The Royal Society of New Zealand A Place for Excellence and Knowledge Science  Technology  Humanities ROLE AS A GOVERNMENT...
<ul><li>RSNZ: Contracts managed for Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marsden Fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>James Cook Re...
<ul><li>Marsden Fund - Overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fund dedicated to the support of excellence in research </li></ul></...
<ul><li>Marsden Panels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biomedical Sciences   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cellular, Molecular and Phys...
<ul><li>Marsden Fund: Proportion of applying PIs who are women, by panel, 2006–2010 </li></ul>
<ul><li>Marsden Fund: Proportion of contracted PIs who are women, by panel, 2006–2010 </li></ul>
<ul><li>Marsden Fund: Proportion of applying PIs who are women, science panels only </li></ul>*Excluding Social Science
<ul><li>Marsden Fund: Proportion of contracted PIs who are women, science panels only </li></ul>*Excluding Social Science
<ul><li>Marsden Fund: Percentage of women on panels </li></ul>
<ul><li>INITIATIVES TO PROMOTE AND SUPPORT WOMEN IN THE SCIENCES </li></ul><ul><li>NZ Women in Leadership programme for wo...
<ul><li>“ What is clear is that if we do not find ways to improve the participation of women in research we are failing to...
Women helping themselves Be visible Network with a purpose Get onto the appointment boards Manage reputation NZ Women in L...
<ul><li>Marie Curie </li></ul>RSNZ Marie Curie Lecture Series 2011
<ul><li>Marie Curie Lectures </li></ul>Exploring Nature’s Medicine Chest:  Professor Margaret Brimble FRSNZ Harnessing Nat...
<ul><li>“ Marie Curie epitomised the ability to be beautifully creative.  Her pioneering spirit gave her the drive to beco...
At least as admirable was her choice to both marry and continue her work and study.  Finally, she combined the ultimate cr...
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ICWES15 - Improving Gender Equity and Diversity in the Science Profession: A New Zealand Perspective. Presented by Dr Di McCarthy, The Royal Society of New Zealand, New Zealand

  1. 1. GENDER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY WORKPLACE: A NEW ZEALAND PERSPECTIVE <ul><li>Dr Di McCarthy </li></ul><ul><li>Chief Executive </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Society of New Zealand </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ Science lies at the heart of the economic development strategy of this National led Government” </li></ul><ul><li>The Rt Hon John Key </li></ul><ul><li>Prime Minister </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>“ New Zealand faces a very clear challenge. We need to substantially improve our economic, social and environmental performance to provide a secure future for upcoming generations” </li></ul><ul><li>Hon Dr Wayne Mapp </li></ul><ul><li>Minister, Research, Science & Technology </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>“ Science and innovation are the main drivers of the modern economy. We need to nurture and retain our best and brightest. We must demonstrate that New Zealand can harness our deep culture of innovation to grow our own capabilities and attract fresh talent from across the world” </li></ul>
  5. 6. STATUS OF WOMEN IN NEW ZEALAND <ul><li>In recent years, some have occupied key leadership positions in NZ </li></ul><ul><li>Prime Minister </li></ul><ul><li>Governor General </li></ul><ul><li>Speaker of the House of Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Chief Justice </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>However, the profile of these individual women at the top does not reflect the status generally of women in professional life. </li></ul><ul><li>May mask the true picture of female participation in senior roles in other areas of New Zealand’s public life. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION: </li></ul><ul><li>NEW ZEALAND CENSUS OF WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION 2010 </li></ul>
  8. 9. GOOD NEWS <ul><li>Since the 2008 Report, flurry of initiatives to advance women in corporate governance </li></ul><ul><li>Several groups involved in promoting and mentoring female directors </li></ul>
  9. 10. The Good News % women on NZ state sector boards Source: Ministry of Women’s Affairs
  10. 11. AND SOME NOT SO GOOD SIGNS <ul><li>Women on boards are being closely monitored internationally as an indicator of women’s progress and gender equality </li></ul>
  11. 12. Source: Ministry of Women’s Affairs
  12. 13. Australia is moving fast 2010 Dec 2011
  13. 15. AGENDA FOR CHANGE 2010 <ul><li>“ A key finding of this report is that New Zealand has started to slide backwards in a number of areas of female participation in governance, professional and public life. </li></ul><ul><li>Gains made incrementally over the years are now being reversed”. </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>What is the situation with respect to women in Science? </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Proportion of Core S&T workforce by gender </li></ul>Re-drawn from An Advanced Skills Action Plan for Research, Science & Technology , MoRST, p. 13. Source: Census data.
  16. 18. HRC’s Census 2010: <ul><li>Women are making slow gains at the top but are yet to crack 10% of elite positions as Royal Society Fellows </li></ul><ul><li>Women are under-represented in higher-grade positions (22.5% of senior academic positions in NZ universities) and over-represented in lower grade positions </li></ul><ul><li>Women were less likely to be employed as scientists, especially senior scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Largest proportion of those leaving science are women </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>FRSNZ: Percent of Fellows who are women across Electoral Colleges </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>FRSNZ: For grouped Electoral Colleges, percent of Fellows who are women </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Crown Research Institutes (CRI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National science institutions owned by the Crown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 CRIs each with a specific defined core purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Together the revenues of the 8 are $690 million (2009-10) and employ some 4200 FTEs </li></ul></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>CRIs </li></ul>
  21. 23. <ul><li>CRIs: Proportion of women on Executive and Science Management Teams </li></ul>* * * * * 0%
  22. 24. STATUS OF WOMEN IN UNIVERSITIES
  23. 25. <ul><li>University of Otago Science Faculty </li></ul>Male Female %F P 40 11 28 AP 36 11 31 SL 51 32 63 L 24 13 54 151 67 44
  24. 26. <ul><li>University of Auckland Science Faculty </li></ul>
  25. 27. <ul><li>Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research & Development </li></ul>
  26. 28. <ul><li>R&D as Percentage of GDP and Researchers as Percentage Total Employment, 2008 </li></ul>Source: Main Science and Technology Indicators, Volume 2010 Issue 2.
  27. 29. WHO FUNDS THE RESEARCH? <ul><ul><li>Ministry for Science & Innovation : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oversees RS&T investment, supports infrastructure, fosters commercialisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directs knowledge and technology transfer for the RS&T sector to businesses and other research users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Research Council : biomedical, public health, health services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSNZ : basic, untargeted, capability building </li></ul></ul>
  28. 30. The Royal Society of New Zealand A Place for Excellence and Knowledge Science Technology Humanities ROLE AS A GOVERNMENT FUNDING AGENT
  29. 31. <ul><li>RSNZ: Contracts managed for Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marsden Fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>James Cook Research Fellowships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rutherford Discovery Fellowships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prime Minister’s Science Prizes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publishing New Zealand Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Zealand Science & Mathematics Teacher Fellowships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science Media Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International Research Fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership of International Associations </li></ul></ul>
  30. 32. <ul><li>Marsden Fund - Overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fund dedicated to the support of excellence in research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open to proposals from all researchers in any field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No pre-established priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choices made through peer review based on merit (excellence of the research and potential of the research team) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$60 million for 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly competitive (8 - 10% of proposals funded) </li></ul></ul>
  31. 33. <ul><li>Marsden Panels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biomedical Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cellular, Molecular and Physiological Biology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Earth Sciences and Astronomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economics and Human and Behavioural Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humanities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematical and Information Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Sciences </li></ul></ul>
  32. 34. <ul><li>Marsden Fund: Proportion of applying PIs who are women, by panel, 2006–2010 </li></ul>
  33. 35. <ul><li>Marsden Fund: Proportion of contracted PIs who are women, by panel, 2006–2010 </li></ul>
  34. 36. <ul><li>Marsden Fund: Proportion of applying PIs who are women, science panels only </li></ul>*Excluding Social Science
  35. 37. <ul><li>Marsden Fund: Proportion of contracted PIs who are women, science panels only </li></ul>*Excluding Social Science
  36. 38. <ul><li>Marsden Fund: Percentage of women on panels </li></ul>
  37. 39. <ul><li>INITIATIVES TO PROMOTE AND SUPPORT WOMEN IN THE SCIENCES </li></ul><ul><li>NZ Women in Leadership programme for women in the tertiary education sector. </li></ul><ul><li>Association for Women in Science: Network for women working in the sciences </li></ul><ul><li>AWIS: Developing Women – Advancing Science 28-29 July </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Role models </li></ul>
  38. 40. <ul><li>“ What is clear is that if we do not find ways to improve the participation of women in research we are failing to achieve ‘productive diversity’ – </li></ul><ul><li>Failing to capitalise on the intellectual capital and potential of significant numbers of successful female undergraduates, honours students and research higher degree students, and our institutions and our sector are, and will continue to be, the poorer for our failure” </li></ul><ul><li>(Bell and Bentley, 2005) </li></ul>
  39. 41. Women helping themselves Be visible Network with a purpose Get onto the appointment boards Manage reputation NZ Women in Leadership
  40. 42. <ul><li>Marie Curie </li></ul>RSNZ Marie Curie Lecture Series 2011
  41. 43. <ul><li>Marie Curie Lectures </li></ul>Exploring Nature’s Medicine Chest: Professor Margaret Brimble FRSNZ Harnessing Nature’s Colours: Professor Penny Brothers
  42. 44. <ul><li>“ Marie Curie epitomised the ability to be beautifully creative. Her pioneering spirit gave her the drive to become one of the first women to gain an education, and qualification, in the sciences. </li></ul>
  43. 45. At least as admirable was her choice to both marry and continue her work and study. Finally, she combined the ultimate creativity of motherhood, and mostly as a solo parent, with the work which gained her her second Nobel Prize, and other awards, and which continued for the rest of her life.” Odlin and Fleming 2011

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