Diversity Fueling Excellence in Research & Innovation. Washington DC, 2013

The aim of the 3rd Gender Summit, focused on North America, was to interconnect all relevant stakeholders in a Call to Action to achieve positive change towards greater diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce and leadership, and foster greater inclusion of biological sex and gender considerations (or the “gender dimension”) in research content and process. The event was on the 13 - 15 November 2013 at the Washington Hilton in Washington DC under the leadership of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other major research funders in the region. The Summit brought together a diverse group of 650 national and international speakers and stakeholders to discuss the new perspectives emerging from studies of sex and gender differences and how they create opportunities to be specific about what it means for science to be “gender neutral,” that is, to show that the study design has taken into account the needs of both women and men as equally important. It also discussed evidence of the the benefits of gender equality and diversity for science excellence.

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