The Noise Gap – interactive art on the Gender Gap in science

Causes of the gender gap and manifestations of gender bias in science have been extensively researched and demonstrated. Yet this sound is often not heard. To draw attention to this issue, an interactive sound artwork is coming to the Science Park campus.

For example, at the Faculty of Science, Mathematics and Computer Science (UvA), only 31% of all academic staff are women. And the higher the position, the fewer women: only 16% of all professors are women (FNWI, 2020). Women are perceived as less talented (Leslie et al., 2015), female students and academics are less likely to receive research funding (Vanderlee & Ellemens, 2015), and equal curricula vitae for academic positions are valued more highly for men than for women ( Moss-Racusin et al., 2015).

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