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WILS database of women in science




The database aims to help scientists, universities, research institutions, political institutions, conference organizers and journal editors to identify appropriately qualified women scientists:

  • as candidates for professorships and other positions
  • to speak at conferences and in seminar programmes
  • to participate in advisory groups, on monitoring panels, committees and commissions
  • to review manuscripts, to write commissioned reviews and to serve on the editorial boards of journals.


Users can search for keywords, cities, institutions, etc., and filter records by research area, position, or country. Please note that "position" refers to the general career stage of the expert, in order to avoid confusion over employment titles across European nations.

The database was an initiative of the ELSO Career Development Committee and is supported by EMBO and FEBS. It is managed by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Group Leader Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany.




Expert Women in the Molecular Life Sciences are encouraged to submit their information to the database.


Eligibility criteria:

  • European national and/or working in Europe.
  • Publication as first or last author of a basic research article in an internationally recognized journal within the past three years.
  • PhD and if you are a postdoc, at least one paper from your postdoctoral work.