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Manon Fauvelais – Collaborative couples in science

@ 10:30 - 12:00

Science is a very competitive environment, which requires a certain lifestyle defined by international mobility and extensive working hours. In this context, it has been observed that scientists tend to marry each other; therefore forming “collaborative couples”. Homogamous relationships are particularly found amongst the highest achieving figures, as exemplified by Marie and Pierre Curie. But while there are many stories about famous scientific couples, we currently lack quantitative data to explore this phenomenon on a larger scale. Did homogamous relationships between scientists increase in the last years? Is it more favorable to one sex versus the other? How is it influenced by competitiveness? Is there a difference of homogamy between women and men dominated fields of research (e.g: psychology vs mathematics)? To answer these fascinating questions, our project aims to investigate relationships and family life in the scientific community, with the idea that homogamous relationships will favor having a successful career (higher positions in the hierarchy) as well as having a family.


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