/   Home   /   Newsroom   /   Research in China

Chinese Scientists Call for Bigger Role of Women in Basic Science: Paper

Aug 13, 2019     Email"> PrintText Size

Chinese scientists have called for encouraging women to play a bigger role in basic science, especially in mathematics, the China Daily reported Monday.

During a "Women and Mathematics" forum held in Beijing on Sunday, scientists said encouraging more women to engage in basic research will help improve science education and scientific research.

Women account for about 40 percent of China's scientific and technological human resources, on par with many other countries. However, those who actually engage in cutting-edge scientific research or decision-making make up a much smaller proportion, according to Xu Ping, secretary-general of the China Women's Association for Science and Technology.

"For example, in the 210 societies affiliated with the China Association for Science and Technology, women who serve as deputy directors or above only account for about 7 percent," Xu said, adding that women are a force that should not be overlooked if the country wants to become a science and technology powerhouse.

A survey of more than 6,000 women showed 32 percent had encountered a preference for men when seeking their first jobs, according to Li Xinxin, a researcher at the Academy of Mathematics and System Science.

"It means that the policy system still needs improvements to promote social equity," Li was quoted as saying. (Xinhua)

(Editor: LIU Jia)

Contact

Phone:
E-mail:

Related Articles

basic science;state policy;ZHOU Zhonghe

Political Advisor Encourages Reform to Promote Basic Science

Mar 14, 2018

China will strengthen basic research and application-oriented basic research, in an effort to create a country of innovators, Premier Li Keqiang said when delivering a government work report on March 5 at the annual session of the 13th National People'...

science push;basic science;technological powerhouse

Target Set for Science Push

Feb 13, 2018

China will build quality laboratories, nurture top talent, take part in more international projects and improve policies for basic science projects to become a global technological powerhouse by 2050, officials said on Sunday. The new efforts feature i...

basic science research;basic science

China's Basic Science Research Funding Doubles in 5 Years

Feb 12, 2018

China's financial input in R&D of basic sciences doubled in the past five years from 41.2 billion yuan (about 6.5 billion U.S. dollars) in 2011 to 82.3 billion yuan in 2016. The percentage of funding for basic science R&D in the central government's to...

Contact Us

Copyright © 2002 - Chinese Academy of Sciences