International Day of Women and Girls in Science: discover portraits of ANR project coordinators

Celebrated on 11 February, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science was created by the UN to promote fair and equal access and participation by women in science and achieve gender equality. To mark the occasion, discover videos about the remarkable careers of two researchers coordinating projects funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR).

Promoting scientific careers for women and encouraging future generations

Women are still under-represented in science (fewer than 30% of the world's researchers are women). They are also in the minority in several higher education disciplines, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics. To combat a representation of science that is too often male, and encourage young women to join all research areas, the ANR is committed to promoting women in science who have obtained ANR funding, and the role played by women on the Scientific Evaluation Panels.

To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the ANR wanted to highlight the exceptional careers of two researchers who received "Young Researchers" (JCJC) programme funding through the Generic Call for Proposals (AAPG) 2018. Their statements aim to encourage young women to embark on scientific careers and apply to calls for proposals.

Portrait of Dr Giovanna Varni, assistant professor, Télécom ParisTech, member of the information processing and communication laboratory (LTCI), coordinator of the JCJC "GRACE" project in the fields of interaction, robotics and artificial intelligence:

Portrait of Dr Yulia Worbe, senior lecturer and hospital doctor in neurophysiology at Sorbonne University, ICM and Hôpital Saint Antoine, coordinator of the JCJC "CADETS" project in integrative neuroscience:


The JCJC funding instrument, a springboard for young researchers

The goals of the "JCJC" funding instrument within the AAPG are to allow young researchers to explore their own theme area, to form or consolidate a team, to develop a project-based research culture and to unleash their innovative talents.

In the AAPG 2018, the proportion of applications submitted by women was equal to the proportion of funded projects coordinated by women, 37%.

Find out more about the AAPG 2018

The ANR's Gender action plan

Promoting the role of women in science is one of the ANR's commitments to promote equality between the sexes and to move scientific culture towards a systematic awareness of the sex and/or gender dimension in research and scientific evaluation. These commitments are defined in the Agency's Work Programme and Code of Ethics and Scientific Integrity.

The ANR is also developing other actions, including working alongside the CNRS and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation as part of the GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET and contributing to the working group on obstacles to women's careers in higher education and research to ensure practices change.  

Within the H2020 Gender-Smart project (2019-2021), the ANR also works with eight European partners to implement a gender action plan in research organisations and funding agencies partners and develop awareness-raising tools for research institutions. The Gender-Smart launch meeting will be held in Montpellier from 12 to 14 February 2019.

Find out more:

The Work Programme

The Code of Ethics and Scientific Integrit