Launch Event of the "European Platform of Women Scientists" - 28 March, Brussels

March 28, 2006

Brussels, Mar 2006

Launch Event
"European Platform of Women Scientists"

16.00-18.00 hrs
28th March 2006

Fondation Universitaire
Auditorium Félicien Cattier
Rue du Champs de Mars 30
1000 Brussels
16.00-18.00 hrs

The European Platform of Women Scientists - EPWS is a newly established organisation that will empower women scientists to participate in the research policy debate and to enhance their professional and career advancement. Acting as a structural link between women scientists and policy makers, it will support the work of existing national, regional and international networks of women scientists in the natural and social sciences, in engineering and technology, the humanities, the arts and medical science. It will promote networking among women scientists, particularly in Central Eastern Europe and the private sector.

EPWS is supported by the 6th Framework Programme and started its work in Brussels in February 2006. The Platform will build an inclusive structure bringing together networks of women scientists as well as networks engaged in promoting women scientists of all disciplines. Particular attention will be given to the promotion of networking among women scientists in Central Eastern Europe and the private sector. Promoting the understanding and the inclusion of the gender issue in science and increasing the relevance of certain aspects of gender issues related aspects in general and research policy-making at national and EU levels are important goals of the Platform. The Platform will provide a structural link between women scientists and policy makers by coordinating EU value-added support activities for women scientists and enhancing awareness of the role women scientists can play in the policy debate.

The event will provide the opportunity to obtain initial information on the mandate and the work of the new platform. The EPWS board will be available for interviews.


  • Dr. Adelheid Ehmke, Vice-Rector of the University of Luxemburg and EPWS President
    Dr. Maren Jochimsen, EPWS Secretary General
    Dr. Johannes Klumpers, European Commission, DG Research, Head of Unit C4 – Women and science
    Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch, Former Director of the Centre of Excellence Women and Science CEWS
    Erna Hennicot-Schoepges MEP, Former Minister for Culture, Higher Education and Research, Luxembourg

Contacts for further information:
Tanya Leigh, Policy Officer
Women and Science, DG Research, European Commission
Tel: +32 2 296 4693 Fax: +32 2 299 37 46

Media contact:
Regine Prunzel, Press and Information Officer
Information and communication Unit, DG Research, European Commission
Tel.: +32.2.298 6383, Fax: +32.2.295 82 20

Further information on the EPWS:


PLEASE FAX TO +32.2.295 82 20

To apply for your attendance, please send e-mail or fax enclosed form to:

Fax: +32.2.295 82 20, E-Mail:

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