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Gender programme shows success

A Danish government assessment of the Ydun gender programme has concluded it helped increase the confidence of female researchers and raise applications to other programmes.

The purpose of the Ydun programme, which ran in 2014 but was discontinued due to funding shortages, was to empower female researchers in their transition from junior researchers into research leaders. It had a budget of 110 million Danish kroner (€15m) and was run under the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF).

The Danish government published a report on the Ydun programme on 9 December. It found that 75 per cent of applicants said they felt motivated that the programme was especially directed at women, whereas 8 per cent said it demotivated them. The report was compiled through a questionnaire answered by 400 applicants, as well as through 27 qualitative interviews.

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