Seminar Gender, Behavior and Decision-Making with Marie-Françoise Roy

New session of the online Seminar "Gender, Behavior and Decision-Making" by The Women & Science Chair of Université Paris Dauphine - PSL.

The next session of the seminar « Gender, Behavior and Decision-Making » will take place Tuesday the 6th of February from 5 pm to 6 pm online. The Teams link will be provided in due time.

We will have the pleasure to listen to Marie-Françoise Roy who will present an analysis of the gender gap among African scientists (joint work with Sophie Dabo-Niang, Maria J. Esteban and Colette Guillopé). 


Marie-Françoise Roy, Université de Rennes, France

Emerita professor of mathematics in Rennes, Marie-Françoise Roy is a specialist of algorithms in real algebraic geometry. She has been the chair of the International Mathematical Union Committee for Women in Mathematics from 2015-2022 and one of the coordinators of the project "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It? (Gender Gap in Science Project)".


This paper provides a detailed analysis of the answers from Africa to the Global Survey of Scientists, which was one of the tasks performed by the Gender Gap in Science Project. The questions we address are the following: are the answers from Africa and the answers from the World similar? In which cases is the situation in Africa different from the situation in the World? Better or worse?

One of our findings is that while African girls are discriminated against in primary education, African women scientists do not seem to be discriminated against in relation to men in several cases where the opposite occurs overall in the World.  Our results show that the gender gap among scientists is less harsh in Africa than in other parts of the World and that, in some cases, it is even non-existent in situations where it is clearly observed outside Africa. Having said that, we also observe that scientists in Africa, both women and men, enjoy more difficult study and work conditions than worldwide. These results are consistent with the limited funds available for research in Africa

About the Women & Science Chair     

The Women and Science Chair at Université Paris Dauphine-PSL, in partnership with the L’Oréal Foundation, Generali France, La Poste, Talan, Safran and Amundi seeks to engage and foster interdisciplinary approaches to analyzing the causes and consequences of the underrepresentation of women in careers in scientific research and academia. 

The Women and Science Chair is member of the UNESCO chairs network.     

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Date : mardi 6 février 2024
de 17h00 à 18h00
Lieu : En ligne