Gender equality

The future of science depends on a robust and diverse workforce drawn from all corners of society. Elsevier’s partnerships focus on fostering inclusive policy, advancing women scientists in developing countries.

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation awards for early-career women scientists in the developing world

Picture of winners of the Award from the Organization for Women in Science (OWSD) and the Elsevier Foundation

Women scientists in developing countries often suffer from isolation, lack of role models and visibility. For the past seven years, the Organization for Women in Science (OWSD) has collaborated with the Elsevier Foundation with a unique program of Women in Science Awards. Its premise is simple: the more diverse the pool of scientists, the better the science will be. Five awards are given annually, rotating between the Biological, Engineering and Physical Sciences areas. In addition to the cash prize, travel and accommodation are provided by the Elsevier Foundation, to enable winners to attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference, where they are awarded in front of a distinguished audience of international scientists.

Portia/Gender Summits

A speaker at the Gender Summits

The Gender Summit is not a conference, but a platform for dialogue and change. It seeks to improve the quality of research and the relevance of science to society, wherever biological and socio-cultural differences between females and males influence outcomes. Scientists, gender scholars, policy makers and other stakeholders are deeply involved in the process, examining new evidence and establishing consensus where improvements are needed. To support this critical process, the Elsevier Foundation partners with Portia to support the development of the Gender Summits. Since it was first established in 2011, 5 regional platforms are now active in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America.