Gender parity and equality

Gender equality is a priority for the INS2I. The Institute works in compliance with the CNRS's national parity objectives to attract more young women to scientific careers and speed up the change towards parity and equality in the Institute's laboratories. Key statistics for the INS2I suggest that (rapid!) progress is possible if supported by a proactive policy and coordinated by the INS2I's parity/equality unit. The work of our researchers, academics and doctoral students is promoted along with different elements concerning the best practices to be applied in laboratories and scientific communities.

The INS2I's policy

The INS2I's gender equality policy is an integral part of the more general framework of CNRS policy on parity. In this context, the Institute aims to work in interaction with laboratories to remove obstacles to gender equality in research.

  • The first axis of the parity policy is to communicate with laboratories about the work of the CNRS Mission for Women's Integration along with the recommendations made by the CNRS Scientific Board and those formulated by the CNRS parity/equality committee.
  • The second line of action is the Institute's commitment to increasing long-term awareness through the implementation of detailed indicators and the definition of equality roadmaps in laboratories. This also involves providing support for the parity contact people in the Institute's laboratories. To achieve this, laboratories have been encouraged to exchange best practices through the creation of a mailing list and communication resources (best practices, hall of fame/"femme", etc.).
  • The third line of action focuses on female researchers' careers in four ways - improving the return to work from career breaks, helping them obtain authorisations to supervise research (HDR), enhancing and promoting the visibility of their research and finally increasing the number of women in posts of responsibility.

Finally in the medium term, our priority is actually to no longer require a parity policy by developing and promoting the concept of inclusiveness within INS2I laboratories.

Key figures

The scope of this work includes all units whose main supervisory authority is the INS2I (May 2020 figures).

23.3% of women
23% among CNRS scientific personnel
1.33 is the male advantage index

1.04 for CNRS personnel

The male advantage index can be defined as the ratio between the proportion of male senior researchers among male researchers/academics and the proportion of female senior researchers among female researchers/academics. A male advantage index greater than 1 means that the relative proportion of men promoted to senior researchers' posts is higher than the proportion of women.

The breakdown of women and men in each personnel category
Percentages of women among researchers and academics

Portraits of female researchers

Comic book portraits of women:

These are spotlight articles about women scientists in our communities written to help people discover the diversity of their research themes and profiles.

Laurence NigayClaire MathieuRaphaëlle CrubilléFrançoise Lamnabhi-LagarrigueLucile SassatelliPrix L'Oréal-Unesco 2019Ninon BurgosElisa FromontEleni Diamanti

Best practices developed within the community

The INS2I's parity/equality unit also regularly enriches a list of the numerous initiatives and best practices in the field of equality between women and men within the community. A network of parity/equal interlocutors has been set up in the laboratories, enabling the Institute to circulate this file freely to the scientific community

This document particularly concerns the laboratories' policies on the subject while aiming to dispel preconceptions about women scientists, support the careers of young women researchers, prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, make recommendations about the organisation of conferences and so forth.

The parity/equality unit

Head: Anne Siegel

Members: Pierre Chainais, Laurence Duchien, Estelle Hutschka, Mireille Moulin, Olivier Serre, Laure Thiébault


INS2I's parity/equality unit