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AcademiaNet is an international database with profiles of excellent women scientists. It is intended to help increase the proportion of women in scientific management positions. AcademiaNet was initiated in 2010 by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and Spektrum der Wissenschaft Verlagsgesellschaft . In 2020, the Swiss National Science Foundation took over the sponsorship.

Goals and function

Since the proportion of female professors and female executives in research institutions in Europe is low and only increasing slowly, AcademiaNet aims to make it easier for decision-makers to find women scientists for appointment procedures, speakers for conferences, experts for scientific committees or reviewers. Using a search function, women scientists from all over Europe can be researched by subject in the database.

In contrast to other databases for women scientists such as FemConsult of the Competence Center Women in Science and Research and DAWN (Database Scientists in Lower Saxony), FEMtech or, women scientists themselves cannot create a profile on AcademiaNet, but have to be nominated by a scientific partner based on clearly defined selection criteria become.


The Robert Bosch Stiftung founded AcademiaNet in 2010 in cooperation with the Spektrum der Wissenschaft Verlagsgesellschaft. In her speech on the occasion of the activation of the platform in November 2010, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that a science would be below its potential if it was only male and only promoted half of its talents. AcademiaNet offers women scientists the opportunity to bring their skills to bear in the scientific community even better and more visibly than before.

Initially, the German-language platform primarily contained profiles of women scientists from Germany, who were nominated for the promotion of applied research by the Leibniz Association, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Fraunhofer Society. AcademiaNet was gradually internationalized from 2012 onwards. The portal is meanwhile operated in English.

In 2020, the Robert Bosch Stiftung handed over responsibility for AcademiaNet to the Swiss National Science Foundation based in Bern, which continues to operate the portal in cooperation with the Spektrum der Wissenschaft Verlagsgesellschaft.

Partner organizations

AcademiaNet is a non-profit project. It is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation and 21 European research organizations. These include the German Max Planck Society , the British Royal Society , the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas , the Swedish Vetenskapsrådet and the European Molecular Biology Organization .

More than 40 European scientific organizations nominate women scientists who meet the AcademiaNet selection criteria. These include the following organizations:

Web links

Individual evidence

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  4. BRINGING WOMEN SCIENTISTS TO THE FORE. In: Gearing Roles. May 13, 2020, accessed May 18, 2020 (UK English).
  5. No more excuses! Top women in science. In: AcademiaNet. Retrieved on May 20, 2020 (German).
  6. Federal Chancellor | News | Speech by Chancellor Angela Merkel at the ceremony for the activation of the AcademiaNet Internet platform. Retrieved May 20, 2020 .
  7. Federal Chancellor Merkel presents AcademiaNet - AcademiaNet. Retrieved May 20, 2020 .
  8. Stephanie Hanel: Women in Science: No more excuses! In: Lindau Nobel. March 5, 2015, accessed on May 20, 2020 (German).
  9. Platform for women researchers: SNSF takes over AcademiaNet - SNSF. Retrieved May 20, 2020 .
  10. ^ AcademiaNet - SNSF. Retrieved June 4, 2020 .
  11. ^ Partners - AcademiaNet. Retrieved June 4, 2020 .