China to Promote Innovative Policies for Female Sci-tech Experts
By Staff Reporters
Female scientists have been honored as the role models by the All-China Women's Federation for their scientific contributions at a ceremony. (PHOTO: XINHUA)
Female sci-tech experts are to get a boost, after the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said it would be intensifying its efforts to promote more innovation in this group.
The MOST and the All-China Women's Federation, as well as other 11 departments, have issued a joint document related to a series of measures to support female researchers in playing a greater role in sci-tech innovation.
The document says it aims to foster innovation of female sci-tech talents, and make the relevant policies more systematic, precise and feasible. The major breakthroughs presented in the document are reflected in the following three aspects.
First, relevant parties take measures to support female sci-tech talents to get access to research resources and promote their participation in sci-tech decision-making processes.
Second, the document also attaches great importance to improving the evaluation and incentive mechanism for female sci-tech talents.
Third, the document emphasizes supporting the scientific research work of female talents during pregnancy and nursing periods.
A better scientific research environment and a childbearing friendly working environment for female sci-tech talents should be created.
Among all the measures, some specific parts caught people's attention.
Under the guidance of the document, China will create more opportunities for an increasing number of female sci-tech talents to be involved in national sci-tech programs. For example, the country will explore more national-level key projects for female scientists and relax the age limitation for female applicants in youth scientists' programs.
In addition, time limits will be eased for women in the application process, while research projects will be extended for female researchers who have been on maternity leave. And female researchers will be given priority for talent recruitment and research funding grants, provided they have the same qualifications as their male counterparts.
Another area of concern highlighted is about the academician recruitment work in China.
When the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the country's two top science institutions, recruit new academicians, "more females should be nominated" and "approved first if they are as qualified as their male counterparts."
The MOST will work with relevant departments to implement these measures listed in the document so as to create a better environment for female sci-tech talents.