IRIF has taken up gender equality issues in 2019, particularly in view of the relatively low proportion of women among the laboratory's members. The laboratory has decided to create a commission in the fall of 2019, and to launch several communication and support initiatives in order to sustain gender equality within the laboratory and its scientific community.

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Parity statistics at IRIF

Statistics within the laboratory as of January 2022:

  • MC: 7 women, 26 hommes (21% women, 79% men)
  • CR: 2 women, 14 hommes (12,5% women, 87,5% men)
  • PR: 4 women, 13 hommes (23,5% women, 76,5% men)
  • DR: 3 women, 13 hommes (18,5% women, 81,5% men)
  • Emeritus: 2 women, 7 hommes (20% women, 80% men)
  • ITA BAP J: 4 women, 2 hommes (66,7% women, 33,3% men)
  • ITA BAP E: 4 men (100% men)
  • Postdocts/TA: 3 women, 12 hommes (20% women, 80% men)
  • PhD students: 12 women, 48 hommes (20% women, 80% men)
  • Heads of poles: 0 women, 3 men (100% men)
  • Heads of groups: 4 women, 5 men (44% women, 56% men)

About the Commission


The aim of the IRIF's gender equality commission is to develop awareness, alert, communication and training actions.
Its work focuses on a number of areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Harassment issues
  • Organization of Girls Only meetings
  • Collection of gendered statistics
  • Promotion of computer science among girls in secondary education
  • Support for girls in computer science courses in higher education (in particular via Master's scholarships)
  • The fight against sexism and harassment
  • Action on Selection Committees


Giovanni Bernardi, Valérie Berthé (responsible), Sandrine Cadet, Amélie Gheerbrant, Delia Kesner, Inès Mahdaoui, Valia Mitsou, Alexis Saurin, Sylvain Schmitz, Olivier Serre, Brigitte Vallée, Ada Vienot. Committee members meet regularly to discuss current issues and consider actions.

Actions in progress

  • Mentoring action: Development of a mentoring action accompanied by the preparation of a mentoring training. Mentoring provides a mentor who helps in the acquisition of not only professional skills but also in individual development. The subjects covered can be very diverse: the work environment, human conflicts, reflection on one's professional project, communication on the results of one's work, work/life balance, demotivation at work, work organization, lack of confidence or recognition, health at work, career development, writing files, preparation for oral presentations, etc… If you have any questions about this program, please contact
  • Master's scholarships: The IRIF co-finances through the FSMP Master's scholarships in the direction of female students of the FSMP network.
  • Charter/Code of Conduct: IRIF Members Charter describes the founding principles and modes of application for a professional environment that is safe and open to diversity. It has an educational purpose and aims to make everyone aware of certain situations and to question their own behaviour.

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