Gender Equality in Science

CSIC is a public research organisation in which the right to equality and gender non-discrimination is preserved, while promoting the conditions to real and effective equality of the individuals.

CSIC has traditionally maintained a specific commitment to policies for equal opportunities for men and women in their working conditions, complying with the equality legislation, integrating the spirit of such legislation in its operational culture and aligning its actions with the objectives of the European Research Area (ERA), thus guaranteeing the effective promotion of gender equality and the integration of the gender perspective in the content of research and innovation.

Within the Spanish General State Administration (AGE), the CSIC was ground-breaking for the development of equality policies and the foundation of the Commission of Women and Science in 2002. The Commission’s primary mission is to advise CSIC Presidency on gender considerations, to conduct studies and to monitor actions for the optimisation of the women’s scientific career of in the Agency.

Thereafter, in 2011, the CSIC Executive Committee on Equality was launched, on the occasion of the I Plan for Equality between Women and Men in the AGE and its public bodies. This Commission is responsible for the effective implementation of actions leading to the effective equality of CSIC employees.

In 2018, the CSIC Presidency instituted the "Gender Equality Accreditation Seal" with the objective of recognising the CSIC centres or institutes that promote both the gender perspective as a transversal category in all aspects of its day-to-day running, and the adoption of measures to remove the barriers found by women while exercising their profession. It is also worth highlighting the outreach campaign "Women are CSIC" and the commemorative events that are regularly held to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) and International Women's Day (8 March).