Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades - Gobierno de España

Research and Innovation

Women and Science Unit (UMYC)

The Women and Science Unit, at the State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation (SEIDi) within the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO), is responsible for promoting gender mainstreaming in the fields of science, technology and innovation on a national level.

The State Secretary for Research, Development and Innovation is therefore addressing the requirements of the Treaty of Amsterdam, the Spanish Organic Law 3/2007 of 22 March on effective equality for men and women; two legal texts that establish mainstreaming as the principle underpinning political action in the area of gender equality together with the Spanish Law on Science, Technology and Innovation (2011). In accordance with the principle of mainstreaming, public authorities should consider the differentiating gender impacts and consider measures to actively promote equality between men and women throughout the process of defining, applying and assessing public policies in every stage of their development: legislation, policies, programmes, budgets, plans and projects.

Mission

Based on the principle of mainstreaming, the Women and Science Unit is proposing and promoting the perspective of gender in science, technology and innovation policies that affect effective equality between women and men. It therefore:

a) Promotes a balanced presence of women in all the spheres and levels of science, technology and innovation, based on their merits and skills, by means of mechanisms aimed at eliminating bias, barriers and disincentives.

b) Promotes the cross-cutting integration of sex/ gender analysis into the content of scientific research programmes and projects, as well as specific research in the field of feminist, women´s and gender studies.

c) Promotes the cross-cutting integration of sex/ gender analysis into the content of technological developments and innovation.

Estructura

Directora:

Histórico de la UMYC

La UMyC se puso en marcha para dar cumplimiento a la ORDEN PRE/525/2005, de 7 de marzo, relativa a la adopción de 54 medidas para favorecer la igualdad entre mujeres y hombres. En concreto, la medida 4.1 disponía que “Se acuerda crear una unidad específica de «Mujer y Ciencia» para abordar la situación de las mujeres en las instituciones investigadoras y mejorar su presencia en ellas”.

  • Capitolina Díaz Martínez fue la primera Directora de la UMyC desde enero de 2006 hasta febrero de 2008
  • Inés Sánchez de Madariaga fue Directora de la UMyC desde septiembre de 2009 hasta octubre de 2014

Lines of action

In order to promote gender equality through all the public organisations involved in research, technology and innovation the Women and Science Unit works in collaboration with the following bodies, among others:

  • Cabinet and other units of the State Secretary for Research, Development and Innovation.
  • State Research Agency (AEI).
  • Public research organizations at national level (OPIs).
  • Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology
  • Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI)
  • National Statistics Bureau (INE).
  • European Commission – DG RTD Gender Sector.
  • Council of the European Unión. European Research Area Committee (ERAC). Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation (SWG GRI, former Helsinki Group on Gender in Research an Innovation)
  • Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (MSSSI). State Secretariat for Social Services and Equality (SESSI). Institute for Women and Equal Opportunities (IMIO).
  • Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECD).
  • Centres in the autonomous regions and local entities associated with science, technology and innovation.
  • Equality units/officers and research institutes/centres/associations on feminist, women´s and gender studies at universities.
  • Associations/committees on Women and Science/Technology/Academia.

Contacto

Ana Puy

Directora Unidad de Mujeres y Ciencia Secretaría de Estado de I+D+i Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad

Paseo de la Castellana, 162, 4ª Pares 28071 Madrid  Tel. 0034-916038253

umyc@mineco.es

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