GS6 Speakers

Prof Londa Schiebinger, Gender Summit 6 Asia-Pacific speaker
John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, Stanford University, USA; Director, EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment project, EU/USA.

Gendered Innovations: Methods and Applications
Workshop: Gendered Innovations in Engineering Technology & Industry, Session 1

Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, Engineering, and Environment: Case Studies and Policies (download presentation here pdf icon)
Plenary Panel 1: Pursuing Excellence in Research through Gendered Innovations
Gendered Innovations in Research: Principles and Methods (download presentation here pdf icon)
Parallel Session 2: Workshop on Gendered Innovations in Research

Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University and Director of the Gendered Innovations Project. From 2004-2010, Schiebinger served as the Director of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Over the past thirty years, Schiebinger’s work has been devoted to teasing apart three analytically distinct but interlocking pieces of the gender and science puzzle: the history of women's participation in science; gender in the structure of scientific institutions; and the gendering of human knowledge. 

She is a leading international authority on gender and science. Schiebinger has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Schiebinger is a Distinguished Affiliated Professor at the Technische Universität, Münichen, and member of their Institute for Advanced Studies. She has also served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Londa Schiebinger was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2013.

Summary of talk for Gender Summit 6 Asia Pacific:

Plenary Panel 1: Pursuing Excellence in Research through Gendered Innovations

How can we harness the power of gender analysis for discovery and innovation? Schiebinger identifies three major approaches to gender in science research, policy, and practice:

1) "Fix the Numbers of Women" focuses on increasing women's participation;
2) "Fix the Institutions" promotes gender equality in careers through structural change in research organizations; and
3) "Fix the Knowledge" or "gendered innovations" stimulates excellence in science and technology by integrating sex and gender analysis into research.

This talk focuses on the third approach: Gendered Innovations

1) develops state-of-the-art methods of sex and gender analysis for scientists and engineers; and
2) provides 26 case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to excellence in research.

Several case studies will be discussed, including stem cells, natural language processing and machine translation, and osteoporosis in men. All case studies can be found at: To match the global reach of science and technology, this project was developed through a collaboration of over seventy experts from across the United States, Europe, and Canada (and has now extended to Asia). Gendered Innovations was funded by the National Science Foundation, the European Commission, and Stanford University.


Parallel Session 2: Workshop on Gendered Innovations in Research

Schiebinger will continue her discussion of Gendered Innovations (from Plenary 1). She will present and discuss some of state-of-the-art methods of sex and gender analysis developed by in Gendered Innovations project (all Methods can be found here: She will also apply these methods in specific case studies, including the genetics of sex determination, public transportation, and climate change, as time allows (all Case Studies are available here: