Women's and men's interest in pursuing careers in all areas of science should be stimulated by creating more attractive and flexible working conditions. Any form of gender discrimination should be tackled by means of increased transparency in project funding and career development. Gender equality should also be promoted in research cooperation with non-EU countries.
The conclusions invite the member states to develop model initiatives to help reconcile family and professional life. Together with the Commission, they should establish an "integrated model of scientific careers" to ensure a family-friendly environment for researchers.
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Economic and Financial Affairs Council, 3 June 2008
Justice and Home Affairs Council, 5-6 June 2008
Environment Council, 5 June 2008
Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 6 June 2008