Number of women holding research positions dismal, Science Minister says

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan says she's willing to crank up the heat on universities that aren't doing enough to appoint more female research chairs.

She says the latest numbers on men and women applicants for new Canada Research Chair positions are dismal, and there are two times more men nominated than women.

The research chairs program began 17 years ago to create two-thousand research positions at universities to push for excellence in engineering, natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.

But as of December, there were just over 16-hundred filled positions, among which only 30 per cent were women.