Women in Science working group (mWiSET)

m-WiSET (Mobile Women in Science, Engineering and Technology) is the working group funded in 2006 inside the Marie Curie Fellows Association aiming mainly at promoting and encouraging mobility amongst women scientists.

The Working Group helped raise awareness of the different career obstacles faced by women researchers when they consider to uptake mobility programmes. Basic questions arising from our m-WiSET group are whether mobility effectively enhances the scientific career and which difficulties are envisaged and/or actually encountered at all stages of their mobility programmes. Our activities are also in the field of women participation in SET, career development, excellence, decision-making.

Aims of m-WiSET:

1.      Promoting mobility among women scientists

2.      Empowering women scientists in europe and discouraging discrimination and marginalisation

3.      Fostering gender equality and scientific excellence in set

4.      Encouraging the promotion of equality policies at national and european level

The m-WiSET WiS working group worked on the issue of Role Models inside MCFA, taking into account the relationship with the glass ceiling, and published a booklet of MC women Fellows, starting from the biography of Marie Curie herself. The aim of this booklet is to mention and promote the knowledge of the large heritage of scientific culture that women have built up during these years since the foundation of the Marie Curie Fellows Association in 1996. Last but not least the aim is also to raise awareness especially in young researchers on the career paths that could be taken and see success stories encouragements for their current research.

In 2011 a first version of the Role models booklet was published, and presented at a booth during the Marie Curie conference in Warsaw. A session was dedicated to promote and discuss it at the ESOF in Dublin. The booklet has been updated and republished in 2015.

The activities of the m-WiSET are transferred to the Gender Equality for Mobile Researchers in Science GEMS Working Group of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA). We welcome MC female Fellows to participate at these working groups and to send one page of their achievements of the current CV to be included in an updated version of the booklet.

Contact details:

Gianna Avellis


Consulting and Technical Assistance

+ 39 080 4670374

+ 39 080 4670363


Maria Bostenaru Dan

Department of Urban Planning and Landscape Design

“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism


Central e-mail: mwiset@mcfa.eu

Collaborations: MCFA board member Maria Bostenaru Dan is a member of the COST initiative genderSTE.



MCFA booklet role models for mobility of women scientists1.39 MB
MCFA booklet role models for mobility of women scientists (formatted for reading on screen)1.52 MB