Women in academia.
(photo credit: Israel Academy of Sciences)
Women constitute only 28 percent of the academic staff in colleges and
university, despite a high rate of those receiving a masters or doctoral work,
putting Israel near the bottom of the European Union member list for lecturers
A special conference for invitees on “Gender and Academic
Careers in Israel” will be held on Monday at the Israel Academy of Sciences and
Humanities and aims to increase the empowerment and gender equality in the
academic world. It will be put on by the Young Academy branch, made up of
academics under the age of 45 who want to contribute to creating a “new
dialogue” on this issue.
In recent years, women have topped 50% in the
rate of students pursuing all degrees yet there are fewer numbers of women in
higher academic ranks, the organizers said. Only 15% of full professors are
The women’s share is low in technical fields such as engineering,
computer sciences, physics and mathematics but they constitute a significant
majority over men in paramedical fields and education.
conference, participants will discuss the unique difficulties that face women in
academia. Young women scientists will present talks on their research and fields
and serve as role models for women just beginning their studies.
will discuss the “15:30” formula – in which young academic mothers can
participate in lectures and departmental seminars despite having less free
Additionally, exam periods can be extended for new mothers and
women will be encouraged to go abroad for post-doctoral work, even with family
The meeting will be opened by the academy’s president
Prof. Ruth Arnon, one of the country’s leading scientists who helped develop the
Copaxone drug for multiple sclerosis. Arnon is a strong advocate in bringing
more women into the highest positions of academia.
The Young Academy was
established in 2012 and has 26 high-ranking academics and functions
independently within the academy. It includes both men and women and were chosen
as members for a four-year term.