Research institutions use the platform to fill leadership positions
English-language version strengthens European scientific network
Stuttgart, February 14, 2013 - The Internet platform AcademiaNet, launched in 2010, continues to grow: the profile of the 1,000th high-caliber female researcher is now online. The website is operated on the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s initiative in cooperation with the magazines "Spektrum der Wissenschaft" and "nature" as well as 25 renowned partner organizations from Germany and abroad. The goal is to promote the hiring of women to fill leadership positions at scientific institutions. A profile for an outstanding female scientist is only added to the website upon the recommendation of a renowned scientific partner organization, including the Max Planck Society, the European Research Council, and the Weizmann Institute of Science. This selection process ensures that the female scientists profiled on AcademiaNet are all outstanding members of their field.
The website has been used around 280,000 times since it was launched. Close to 800 institutions use the platform on a regular basis, including research institutions, media companies, and commercial enterprises. AcademiaNet has become a useful tool for these users. For example, the platform is helpful when organizing scientific conferences and makes it easier for journalists to find the right person to contact when working on a story.
After the first two years, the website’s track record clearly shows that AcademiaNet is helping the world of science become more female. Five excellent female scientists profiled on AcademiaNet have been elected to the German Council of Science and Humanities, one of the leading science policy advisory bodies in Germany. In addition, female scientists are increasingly being offered professorships and leadership positions through AcademiaNet.
AcademiaNet has also been available in English since 2012, which strengthens the European scientific network. Currently the platform provides access to profiles of female scientists from 24 countries and 35 different fields. Almost forty percent of the 1,000 researchers work outside of Germany.