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GS4 Europe 2014 - From Ideas to Markets: Excellence in mainstreaming gender into research, innovation, and policy

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Day 1 Part 1: Strategic and Crosscutting Priorities

  • Introduction
    Curt Rice PhD, Professor, University of Tromsø, Norway, Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), Netherlands, Head, Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance in Research (KIF), Norway
  • The Role of Research Funders in Advancing Gender Aware Science Knowledge
    Arvid Hallén, Director General, The Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway
 Plenary Session 1 Best Practices for Gender Policy in Research Organisations

In this session the European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) will lead a discussion involving a panel of leaders, from research institutes that the DG JRC collaborates with, on the topic of promoting best practices for gender policy in research organisations. The JRC collaborates with around 1000 partner organisations in over 100 institutional networks.

Chair: Vladimir Sucha, Director General, Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC), European Commission

  • Riitta Tolvanen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland), Finland
  • Alexander KurzPhD, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Legal Affairs and IP-Management, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Munich, Germany
  • Karel LuybenPhD, President, Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) and Rector Magnificus, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Geneviève GuinotPhD, Head, Diversity Office, European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • Ines Anitua, CEO, Automotive Intelligence Centre (AIC), Spain
  • Ensuring Smart and Sustainable Access to Energy for Women and Men
    Marie Donnelly, Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, and Energy Efficiency, Directorate General Energy, European Commission
  • EU Strategies for Improving Gender Balance in Science: the Science is a Girl Thing campaign, and the Hopes for Horizon 2020
    Patricia Reilly
    , Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner responsible for Research, Innovation and Science, European Commission
Plenary Session 2 Enhancing Quality and Effectiveness of Research and Innovation Systems

This session will focus on how attention to gender issues can add value to research by offering new perspectives, posing new questions, and opening new STEM areas to research, and by engaging diverse stakeholders and actors in knowledge production, application and communication.  

Chair: Isabelle Vernos PhD, ICREA Research Professor, Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Spain, Member, European Research Council (ERC) Scientific Council

  • Creating a Roadmap for all Stakeholders and Actors
    Wanda E. Ward PhD, Director of Office of International and Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
  • Sex and Gender Analysis in Research
    Londa Schiebinger PhD, John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, Stanford University, USA, Director, Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment project, EU
  • Responsible Research and Innovation: What it Really Means?
    Martina Schraudner PhD, Head of the Department of Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Technical University Berlin, and Director of Responsible Research and Innovation Unit, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany
  • Monitoring of Gender Equality Gaps and Actions
    Jolanta Reingarde PhD, Senior Researcher/Analyst, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
15.45 – 17.45 Plenary Session 3 Maximising Capacity of Science Human Capital and Knowledge Communities

This session will focus on developing and utilising scientific human capital found in formal and informal systems, and in society at large.  This is motivated by the impact that societal changes and challenges have on participation in science, on the role of science institutions, and on the careers of women and men scientists.

Chair: Curt Rice PhD, Professor, University of Tromsø, Norway, Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), Netherlands, Head, Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance in Research (KIF), Norway

  • Reconceptualising Human Capital
    NancyCantor PhD, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark, USA
  • Institutional Accountability and Practices Surrounding Gender
    Dagmar Simon PhD, Head of  Research Group, Science Policy Studies, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Germany
  • Capturing Gendered Career Paths of ERC Grantees and Applicants
    Claartje J. Vinkenburg PhD,Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Amsterdam Center for Career Research Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Interdisciplinary and Team Science: Improving Collaborative Effectiveness of Research Teams
    Holly J. Falk-KrzesinskiPhD, Vice President, Global Academic & Research Relations, Elsevier, USA

Day 2 Expanding Understanding of Sex and Gender Dimensions 

  • Gender Dimension in Research and Innovation: the way to Excellence, Jobs and Growth
    Peter Dröll, Acting Director, Innovation Union and European Research Area, Directorate General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission
  • Mainstreaming ‘Gender and Other Diversity’ Dimensions in Science Europe Strategy and Activities
    Paul BoylePhD, Chief Executive, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK, President, Science Europe
  Plenary Session 4 Understanding Effects and Interactions between Sexual Dimorphism, Gender and Environment

This session will present latest understanding on how biological and environmental conditions define and influence sex and gender differences, and how these effects impact on research and its outcomes, and inform policies.

Chair: Daniela Corda PhD, Director, Institute of Protein Biochemistry (IBP), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Italy

  • Use and Validity of Biomarkers for Females and Males: Application in Asperger’s
    Jordan Ramsey, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Sex-related differences in cellular responses - implications for stem cell biology
    Lars Ährlund‐RichterPhD, Professor,  Karolinska Institutet - Stockholm, Sweden
  • Validating the Environment and Gender Index
    Michaela Saisana PhD, Eng., Senior Scientific Officer Composite Indicators (COIN), Project Leader, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
  • The X Chromosome and Autoimmune Disorders
    Karen Helene Ørstavik MD PhD, Clinical Geneticist, Professor Emerita Institute of Clinical Medicine, Rikshospitalet, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
 Plenary Session 5 Advancing Considerations of Gender in Research Methods

This session will focus on the main themes of Horizon 2020 and in particular on the crosscutting aspects of gender dimension in H2020 work programme where it has been identified in the descriptions of over 100 Calls, ranging from health, to food security, to transport, water, energy and environment. These presentations have been selected from the abstracts submitted to the Summit and selected by the GS4 Scientific Committee.

Chair: Chiara Tamburini, Secretariat of the FEMM Committee, European Parliament

  • Gender and Innovation
    Carolina Castagnetti PhD, Assistant Professor, Econometrics, University of Pavia, Italy
  • How to measure progress towards gender equality?
    Anne-Sophie Godfroy PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Université Paris Est Créteil, France
  • Male cancer survivors’ barriers towards participation in cancer rehabilitation
    Charlotte HandbergPhD Student, Marselisborg Centre, Research and Development, Public Health & Quality Improvement, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • A systematic approach to integrate gender dimensions and perspectives into a newly developed medical curriculum
    Sabine Ludwig, Research Associate, Dieter Scheffner Center for Medical Education and Educational Research, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Guide to indicators for measuring gender inequalities in health and its determinants in the Spanish context
    Maria del Mar García Calvente PhD, Professor, Andalusian School of Public Health, Granada, Spain
  • Reanalyzing sex/gender specific portion sizes of dish items for a dish-based, semi-quantitative FFQ for Korean adults
    Hwayoung Noh PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dietary Exposure Assessment Group, International Agency for Research on Cancer – World Health Organization (IARC–WHO), Lyon, France
  • The challenges and potentials of gendered innovation projects: an interdisciplinary perspective
    Sybille Reidl, Researcher, Centre for Economic and Innovation Research (Policies), Joanneum Research GmbH, Austria
Plenary Session 6 Building the Gender Summit Community

This session will discuss how the Gender Summit platform has developed since 2011, and where it is heading from now on.  From the start, the underlying mission has been to focus on actions driven by research evidence and consensus.  The three previous events brought together around 1500 participants from 700 institutions, located in more than 40 countries.  By the end of 2015, the size of the Gender Summit Community will double and the scope of the Gender Summit platform will develop further through the expansion to Africa and Asia-Pacific.  It is important that leaders, experts and practitioners in all regions can be connected and supported in the joint mission to make science and its impact on society better by addressing sex-gender issues in research and innovation process and ensuring that women are at the centre of science endeavours.

Chair: Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD, Director, Portia Ltd, UK

  • Creating a Community of Experts
    Wanda E. Ward PhD, Director of Office of International and Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA 
  • Transforming Research in Canada 
    Blair Dickerson
    , Vice-President, External Relations and Communications Directorate, The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada
  •  The National Status of Gender Issue and Networking in Korea
    Youngah Park PhD, President, Korean Institute for Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), South Korea
  • Introducing the Gender Summit to Asia Pacific
    Heisook Lee PhD, Director, Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET), South Korea
  • Next:Gender Summit 5 - Africa
    Olive Shisana
    PhD, CEO, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa (by video)

Day 2 Knowledge Exchange Forums

Best Practices and Lessons from FP7 and other projects

The forum will demonstrate emerging best practices in improving gender balance and career opportunities of women and men in STEM areas. The sessions will take place in parallel.

 FESTA : Challenges in Creating Gendered Organisation Change

Starting from the experiences of the EU FP7 project - Female Empowerment in Science and Technology in Academia (FESTA), this interactive and participative workshop will share the types and degrees of resistance encountered since FESTA started to create gendered organisation change in seven institutions in 2012.   The goal of the workshop is to plot the types of resistance encountered in FESTA, to develop a set of resistance strategies which draws on already tried and tested methods, and explores some new approaches.

  • Clare O’Hagan PhD, University of LimerickFESTA Project Partner, Ireland
  • Mario Conci, Researcher, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, FESTA Project Partner, Italy

Focus on Early Career Stage

The purpose of this interactive session is to focus on how effective and proven approaches to support women scientists at early career stage can be rolled out for wider adoption by universities and research organisations.  Included in the session is a new career development support tool developed jointly by Fraunhofer, Tel Aviv University and Portia, which expands benefits of mentoring by using a scenario-based method to cover a range of typical career issues faced by women at early career stage.  The method has been tested at three institutions in three different countries and is ready for a rollout.  Feedback from this session will help define the rollout process. This project is funded by the Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholar Programme who will contribute to the session by reflecting on the success factors in their other New Scholar projects.  Also contributing to the session is the Wellcome Trust with their Basic Science Career Tracker used to track individual career paths of their former award holders including PhD students and to identify emerging trends and themes around career choices.  Wider adoption of such monitoring methods and sharing of data would help inform future needs for career development support.

Chair: Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD, Director, Portia Ltd, UK

Gender Analysis in Research: Preparing Researchers for Horizon 2020

This session will focus on the concrete requirements in Horizon 2020, the EU's latest €80bn funding scheme, with regards to gendered innovations. The audience will learn about what subfields now specifically require a gendered perspective in their research proposals and what that means for their proposals. The sessions will leave ample time for questions from the audience, with the convenors of the session bringing not only their extensive academic experience but specifically of the methods developed by Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment and project, and recommendations from the genSET: gender in science project.

GenPORT : Find out About the New Gateway to Gender and Science Resources and Help us Design it Better

This session will focus on the GenPORT project and and the Internet portal the project is developing. We will discuss the background to the project, the distinctive place of the portal within the field of gender and science activities, and its potential role in the delivery of gender equality under Horizon 2020. Audience members who are interested in forming the GenPORT online community of practice will hear about the design of the portal to date, and will be invited to help us identify key elements of the ongoing design to best serve their needs over the longer term

  • Juliet Webster PhD, Director, Gender and ICT Programme, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Open University of Catalonia, Spain (GenPORT project co-ordinator) 
  • Jörg Müller PhD, Senior Researcher, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3 – UOC), Barcelona, Spain
  • Inés Sánchez de Madariaga PhD, Director, Women and Science Unit at Spanish Secretary of State for RTD, and Professor of Urban Planning, Madrid Technical University, Spain