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EU: Female research dropouts threaten targets

11 September 2011 University World News Global Edition Issue 188

A leading European official has warned that a failure to retain female researchers remains a major barrier to recruiting an extra one million researchers by 2020, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education. A leading European official has warned that a failure to retain female researchers remains a major barrier to recruiting an extra one million researchers by 2020, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.

Stefaan Hermans, head of the European Commission's research and innovation unit, said too many female postgraduate researchers were dropping out of a research career because entry-level jobs were "precarious" and unsuited to family life. Speaking this week at an international conference in Manchester organised by the research career development body Vitae, Hermans said the lack of women in the profession could frustrate the commission's efforts to recruit an extra one million researchers by 2020.
Full report on the Times Higher Education site


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