Gender perceptions In Science and Engineering (GISE)

INWES-KWSE WEBINAR 17 December 2021
As this project draws to a close, we will be rounding off the final stages with a webinar on 17 December, 11AM UTC/GMT. This webinar is open to anyone interested and will present preliminary results and outputs from this pilot project. For more details:

Background to the project

INWES member KWSE, the Association of Korean Woman Scientists & Engineers, ran several very successful surveys on gender in STEM, in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018, supported by other INWES members and academics. Initially, the surveys targeted certain demographics of scientists and engineers, men and women, in the Asia and Pacific Nations Network region. In 2018, the African Regional Network also took part in the work funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea and the Ministry of Science and ICT in Korea. These series of surveys have provided much valuable information on the perceptions of the issues for women in STEM, and reports can be found in the INWES Resources page as well as on KWSE’s own website.

A new collaboration in 2021 between INWES and KWSE brings this survey to other global regions and extends the analysis. A key goal is to identify gender metrics that can be compared across different countries and different areas of STEM, and so provide a tool to help drive gender equality in STEM.

We encourage both men and women in the focus areas to take part in the 2021 survey! Your responses will help create a better world for all.

About the Project and Survey

The project runs from March to November 2021. This year’s project is intended to be a pilot study and it is expected to run larger projects in the future. The key outputs from this pilot project include

  • a survey based on past KWSE questionnaires
  • a final detailed technical report on the results of the survey, including gender metrics
  • a public report that highlights key results and suggests next steps for the future

The purpose of the survey is

  • to gather statistical data on gender perceptions in the STEM fields
  • by country, gender and age,
  • as a foundation/pilot for developing international indicators on women in STEM and a continued longitudinal study,
  • and to play a key role in building a policy road map for the balanced development of future human resources worldwide.

The questionnaire for the survey asks respondents for their views on gender barriers in STEM education, research and in the work environment. For this pilot, the survey is targeted at ten countries: including South Korea and Asia, the European Union, countries in Africa and in the Americas. Both men and women working in three STEM specialisms only are being invited to take part. Future studies will cover many more countries and specialisms and all ages.

Who can take part

For this pilot project, we invite for respondents who are

  • of any gender (male or female or other);
  • currently residing/working in India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Korea, Tunisia, or in the European Union;
  • in the STEM specialisms of the biological sciences, or civil or mechanical engineering, or the computing/digital sciences (studied or currently);
  • and of working age (including currently studying for a postgraduate degree, or not currently working).
  • UPDATE: September 2021: from now on, we welcome responses from ALL areas of STEM and ALL countries. Our focus remains the 10 regions above and the 3 STEM areas, but other STEM areas and other countries/regions will be included in general analysis.

Please do NOT participate if you have yet to start a first university level degree, are an undergraduate student, or are retired.

More explanations of the STEM specialisms and other terms can be found in GISE Glossary including detailed explanations. NB. If you are not sure if your specialism is included, feel free to submit a response but please explain your specialism in detail at the relevant questions; although your response might not be used for this pilot, it may be used in a future study.

The small print

The survey is fully anonymous and is being carried out to meet Canadian regulations for data privacy and EU GDPR (general data protection regulations). For more details see Data Protection and Confidentiality.


Questionnaires are open for your responses! To take part in the survey, please CLICK on the following links.


Funding and Direction

This project is funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT in Korea, and directed by KWSE. We are also grateful for administration and secretariat support from Hyon Jung Jang and Yui Jung Min.

The Advisory Group

Meetings have been held with an Advisory Group that includes leads from KWSE (the Korean Association of Woman Scientists & Engineers), INWES, and from INWES Regional Networks. Prof Jung Sun Kim, INWES President and member of KWSE, acts as Chair of the GISE Advisory Group. Prof Jinah Park (KWSE Vice President, Chair of International Network Committee at KWSE, Professor at KAIST) and Dr Hyun-Ok Kim (KWSE Secretary General, Senior Researcher of Korea Aerospace Research Institute) are the leads from KWSE. Prof Battsengel Baatar, INWES Vice President of Education & Research also acts as the lead INWES representative for this project.

We are also delighted to include in the group: Professor Kong-Ju-Bock Lee, physics expert and lead expert in past KWSE surveys, of Ewha Womans University, South Korea; Dr Hye Young Park, a gender specialist from Dongseo University who has worked on past KWSE surveys; and Professor Clem Hermann, founder and Editor in Chief of the open access International Journal of Gender Science and Technology, of the Open University, UK. INWES Deputy President, Nadia Ghazzali, Professor of Statistics at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada, provides valuable guidance.

We are also very grateful for the kind support of everyone taking part in this group who also advised on the methodology for the survey. In particular the country leads who are supporting dissemination of the questionnaire:

  • Aguri Nakano, for Japan
  • Ariunbolor Purvee, for Mongolia
  • Belen Garcia de Pablos, for the European Union
  • Fatoumata Balde and Mrs Rufina Dabo Sarr, for Senegal, Kenya and Nigeria
  • Jung Sun Kim, for South Korea
  • Maria Jose Morales, for Mexico
  • Najla Triki, for Tunisia
  • Seema Singh, for India

Contacts and more information

Keep a lookout on the INWES website News&Events page for future news on this project and a chance to help shape the project. Short articles on the project are also included in the INWES Newsletter.

For more information, contact the INWES Project Manager, Dr Sarah Peers, or the INWES President Prof Jung Sun Kim,

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