GS21 Programme

Gender Equality, Diversity, Inclusion post-Corona: Quo vadis?

VIRTUAL live event with some pre-recorded sessions

14 – 16 April 2021


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14 April 2021

Parallel sessions in four break-out rooms
N.B. Recordings are not available for Workshop 1 and Workshop 2.  Recording for Workshop 6 will be made available week starting 4th May.

14:00 – 16:00 (External - Zoom): Workshop 1: Diversity & Inclusion: A real facilitator for excellence in science? Led by Max Planck Society
 (External - Zoom): Workshop 2: Career Talk "How to become a Data Scientist? Career paths of women in Data Science", led by Helmholtz Association
ROOM 3: Workshop 3: Developing European Quality Benchmark for Academic and Research Working Condition (Part 1), led by Centre for Responsible Research and Innovation (CERRI)
ROOM 4: Workshop 4: Gender and standardisation, led by TU-Berlin
16:00 – 18:00 • ROOM 1: Workshop 5: Advancing the collection methods and quality of gender data for SDGs, led by Portia, Elsevier, and UN Women
(External - Zoom) Workshop 6: Gender dimension in research, led by Gendered Innovations, Stanford University in cooperation with German Research Council (DFG) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
ROOM 3: Workshop 7: Intersectionality in Research Funding: Thinking on Strategies for Implementation, led by Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
ROOM 4: Workshop 8: Developing European Quality Benchmark for Academic and Research Working Condition (Part 2), led by Centre for Responsible Research and Innovation (CERRI)

15 April 2021

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Available on Gender Summit website throughout the event will be short pre-recorded video statements from science leaders talking about:

o The special or unusual steps their science institutions had to take to enable researchers and academic employees continue working during the pandemic.
o The lessons drawn from the Covid-19 pandemic so far and the impact on gender and diversity in the future.

09:00 – 09:50 Opening of the Gender Summit
Welcome addresses. Pre-recorded
  • Jan Wörner, President of German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary, The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Katja Becker, President of German Research Foundation (DFG)
Hans-Christian-Pape, President of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH)
• Matthias Kleiner, President, Leibniz Association
Alexander Kurz, Senior Vice President for Human Resources, Legal Affairs and IP Management at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
09:50 – 11:20 PLENARY SESSION 1: Round table (live in virtual format)
The Presidents’ Jury
Advancing collective action to incorporate gender and intersectionality dimensions in research and innovation, and in science policy
  This session asks how principal actors in knowledge systems - producers and users - can co-operate to advance shared bias-free criteria for assessment of merit of researchers and when valuing importance of their work.

Jury Members:
o Katja Becker – President, German Research Foundation (DFG)
o Jan Wörner – President,German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
o Hans-Christian-Pape – President, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Gerald Haug - President, German National Academy for Natural Sciences Leopoldina
o Ulman Lindenberger, Vice President of Max-Planck Society
o Dorothea Wagner – President, German Science and Humanities Council
o Peter-André Alt, President of the German Rectors´ Conference (HRK)

Moderator: Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature
11:15 – 11:30 BREAK
11:30 – 11:45 Keynote: Equality-oriented structures and diversity in research
Christina Hadulla-Kuhlmann, Division for Equal Opportunities in Education and Research at the BMBF, Germany
MC: Sonja Ochsenfeld-Repp, Head of Division Equal Opportunities, Research Integrity and Cross-Programme Development, DFG
11:45 – 13:15 PLENARY SESSION 2 (live in virtual format)
Science in the time of crisis: institutional perspectives on the lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic for gender, diversity, and inclusion issues in science knowledge and practice
  This session reports on the measures implemented by R&I organisations during the pandemic to minimise disruptions to operations and maintain continuity in functioning as part of science systems. The session also explores the structural and operational gender and inequality effects revealed by the pandemic, and how should science institutions prepare for future major disruptions

1. Harassment policies at the NSF: progress and barriers since 2018, and potential next steps/strategies
Rhonda J. Davis, Head, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, National Science Foundation, USA
2. The precarious situation of female scholars during the Covid pandemic. The need to review career planning measures and selection procedures affecting women
Jadranka Gvozdanovic, Chair of the LERU Policy Group on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
3. The means to promote more equity in scientific research developed by the European Research Council
Genevieve Almouzni, ERC Scientific Council member and a member of the Gender Issues Working Group
4. The impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on women academics: study and findings based on Elsevier journal data.
Bahar Mehmani, Reviewer Experience Lead in the Global STM journals, Elsevier

Moderator: Martina Schraudner, Professor, Board Member of acatech
13:15 – 14:00 BREAK
14:00 – 14:15 Keynote: Outlook for STI. The unavoidable need for systemic change in Universities
Michaela Bello, Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
MC: Clemens Striebing, Researcher at the Center for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI) of Fraunhofer IAO
14:15 – 15:45 PLEANARY SESSION 3: (live in virtual format)
Innovative methodological approaches to integration of gender dimensions, with intersectionality perspectives, into research process.
  This session will report and explore research advancing understanding, representation and integration of gender equality, diversity and inclusion dimensions in different fields of science. The speakers explain methods of sex/gender analysis in their own area of research; how such analyses can be taught as part of researcher training, and in reporting of research.

o Effect of patients' sex on the efficacy of immunotherapy
Fabio Conforti,MD and Scientist, Instituto Europeo di Oncologia, Italy
o The need for diversity and bias free Machine Learning and AI
Ferenc Huszar, Professor, U Cambridge, UK
o Tracking progress through novel indicators
Alice McGushin, Programme Manager, The Lancet Countdown Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, Global
o Novel mixed methods and approaches to isolate structural components of community dynamics
Daniel Armanios, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Moderator: Ineke Klinge, Chair of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Gender, at the European Commission 92014-2018). Co-chair of the Expert Group on Gendered Innovations 2 Project
15:45 – 16:00 BREAK
16:00 – 17:30 PARALLEL SESSIONS in Breakout Rooms 1-5 (live in virtual format)

ROOM 1: Science careers in interorganizational and international collaborations

o Faculty Governance Matters: Understanding Collaborative Decision-Making and Equity within University Departments
Laurel Smith-Doerr, Professor, Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
o Advancing academic careers through international collaborations
Kathrin Zippel, Professor, College for Social Science and Humanities, Northeastern U, USA
o Understanding career pathways and professional preparations of PhD holders
Mangala Srinivas, Cenya Imaging BV and Chair (Outgoing) of Young Academy Europe,
o GENERA Network for gender equality in physics
Thomas Berghöfer, Senior Scientist, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and Coordinator of GENERA Network, Germany

Moderator: Elisabeth Pain, Science Careers Contributing Correspondent, Europe

ROOM 2: Science and engineering in digital space

o Defining, measuring, and efficiently mitigating the (un)fairness of a decision-making process regarding people from different sensitive groups
Isabel Valera, Professor, Department of Computer Science of Saarland University, Saarbrücken and Group Leader at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen
o Impact of COVID-19 on women in engineering and technology: Results of a Survey
Roberta Rincon, Associate Director of Research for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), USA
o Gender inclusivity in engineering education
Sally Male, Director of the Teaching and Learning Laboratory in the Faculty of Engineering and IT, and Professor of Engineering and Technology Education at The University of Melbourne
o Disruptive engineering education
Şirin Tekinay, Professor and Dean of Engineering, American University of Sharjah

Moderator: Claudia Canali, Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Enzo Ferrari, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia

ROOM 3: Risks of re-emergence of gender stereotypes

o Gender Differences in Tertiary Education: What explains STEM Participation?
Sandra McNally, Professor, U Surrey and Director of the Centre for Vocational Education Research, LSE
o The conceptual framework for the Female Achievement Index and Female Disadvantage Index
Eleni Papadimitriou, Senior Policy Analyst, European Commission, DG JRC
o A Digital helping hand? The Sociotechnical imaginaries of campus sexual assault and data in reporting technologies
Kate J. Sim, DPhil Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute, U Oxford
o Confronting stereotypes by strategically investigating intersectionality
Isabelle Caron, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie U, Canada

Moderator: Daphna Joel, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, at the School of Psychological Sciences and the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel-Aviv University

ROOM 4: Questions for research: what we need to know about violence against women and femicide

o The Collaborative on preventing sexual harassment in Higher Education
Frazier Benya, National Academies of Science, USA
o What do we (need to) know about different types of sexual perpetrators?
Gunda Wössner, Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law
o Countering gender backlash. Monitoring the implementation of Council of Europe Convention
Marceline Naudi, President of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)
o Combating gender-based violence: Cyber violence
Evelyn Regner, Chair of the Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Committee (FEMM), European Parliament

Moderator: Niall Boyce, founding Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry

ROOM 5: Effect of the corona crisis on societal relevance of STEM

o Vaccine hesitancy and gender during the COVID-19 pandemic
Daniel Allington, Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence, Kings College London,
o The COVID experience and impact on science in Brazil
Maria Zaira Turchi, Director, Director for Institutional Cooperation – Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development - CNPq
Lessons for science institutions and research careers
Janice Bailey, Professor and Scientific Director Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT), Canada
o COVID-related gender and digital inequality issues in South Africa’s universities
Jonathan Jansen, Professor and President of Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) and Cyrill Walters, Postdoctoral Fellow in Higher Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Moderator: Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director of Portia and founder of Gender Summit

16 April 2021

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09:00 – 10:15 PLENARY SESSION 4: Round Table (live in virtual)
Board Members Jury
Advancing collective action to integrate gender equality and intersectionality criteria into organisational excellence standards
  This session asks how science institutions and knowledge systems can contribute and co-operate to advance shared bias-free criteria and equity in organizational processes and practices – especially regarding the assessment of excellence.

Members of the Jury
o Matthias Beller, Vice President, Leibniz Association
o Heike Grassmann, Administrative Directorate, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
o Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the Executive Board at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR)
o Martina Schraudner, Member of Board of Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech)

Moderator: Dagmar Simon, Member of the board of trustees of the University of Applied Sciences (HTW), Berlin, and of the Board of Trustees of the Technology Foundation Berlin, and Managing director of EVACONSULT
10:15 – 10:30 Keynote: The transforming power of I&D: how Elsevier is taking up the challenge
Kumsal Bayazit, CEO, Elsevier

MC: Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director of Portia and Founder of Gender Summit
10:30 – 10:45 BREAK
10:45 – 12:45 PLENARY SESSION 5 (live in virtual format)
Recognising the movers and shakers of institutional change in Science. What has changed after former Gender Summit events?
  This session will focus and compare national policy contexts and conditions underpinning the drive to improve gender equality and diversity in scientific endeavours and enable to sustainable change.

The new Dutch National Action Plan for Diversity and Inclusion in Science
Marcelis Boereboom, Director General, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands
Advancing U.S. Policies for Health Research in Women, Men, and Children
Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, Director, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health
Amending Framework Act on Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea to include integrating sex and gender into research​
Heisook Lee, Director, Gendered Innovation in Science and Technology Research, Republic of Korea
The process, progress and prospects of advancing gender equality in science in Japan
Miyoko O. Watanabe, Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST); Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusiveness, JST, Japan; Chair, Gender Summit 10 Asia-Pacific, Japan Science Technology Agency
o Taking the importance of sex, gender and diversity into account in the preparation and implementation of research projects as good research practice
Sonja Ochsenfeld-Repp, Head of Division Equal Opportunities, Research Integrity and Cross-Programme Development, German Research Foundation (DFG)
Union of Equality: the quest to make equality, diversity, and inclusion a European reality
Chiara Tamburini, Head of the Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Unit in the DG PERS/HR of the European Parliament

Moderator: Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia
12:45 – 13:30 BREAK
13:30 – 15:00 PLENARY SESSION 6: Round Table
Academic freedom and the dimension of gender, diversity, inclusion

This session will ask how fundamental is the autonomy of science and scholarship for the quality of research – and is there a gender dimension? What does it take to ensure and guarantee scientific freedom – with a gender dimension? Could the discourses on academic freedom and gender be linked to further both causes?

o Towards non-biased exploration of human values and freedom
Nil Mutluer, Einstein Foundation Scholar, Diversity and Social Conflict Department, Humboldt University
o Media, extremism, and free expression
Katrin Kinzelbach, Professor of Human Rights and Initiator of Academic Freedom Index, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
o Assessment of academic freedom worldwide
Robert Quinn, Director, Scholars at Risk Network.
o Threats to academic freedom and autonomy of higher education institutions in Europe: Action at the Council of Europe
Terence Karran, Professor, Lincoln University, UK

Moderator: Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President, Founding Director, Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania

15:00 – 15:15 BREAK
15:15 – 16:45 PLENARY SESSION 7 (live in virtual format)
Reaching out from science to society: creating evidence driven policy ecosystems for equality, diversity and inclusion
  This session asks the question how can gender, diversity, inclusion in science and scholarship contribute to a more effective policies for tackling societal challenges. How can science help different institutions, publicly funded agencies and Civil Society organisations harmonise their response to societal inequalities, disruptions, and emergencies. How to measure gender equality policy effectiveness at institutional level.

o Indicators and policy contexts of She Figures 2021
Mina Stareva, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG RTD, Europe
o Impact of COVID-19 on gender inequality
Jutta Allmendinger, President, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
o Citizen Science: challenges and opportunities for the science-society interface
Uta Wehn, Professor and acting Chair of the Knowledge & Capacity Development Group at IHE Delft, Netherlands
o Integrating gender and social equity considerations into energy transitions research
Oliver Johnson, Head of Climate, Energy and Environment at the UK Government Office for Science

Moderator: Roland A. Fischer, Professor, Vice President German Research Foundation (DFG)
16:45 – 17:30 PLENARY 8 (live in virtual format)
Working conditions for researchers: research institutions as good employers - a German and EU perspective
  Katharina Scharrer, Referent for gender equality and diversity, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Survey on equal opportunities at Fraunhofer – potentials for research institutions as attractive employers
Verena Mauch, Department of Human Resources Development & Opportunities
Working culture at Max Planck: Deriving personnel development & diversity measures from internal survey findings

Award ceremony „Schnieder-Preis JUNGE MACHERIN“
Dieter Spath, Past President of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
Award ceremony „Schnieder-Preis JUNGE MACHERIN": acatech honors the final theses of particularly talented young female scientists. Donated by the Schnieder family, the award aims to specifically promote and motivate female talent to pursue a career in technology and the natural sciences

Moderator: Martina Schraudner, Head of Center for Responsible Research and Innovation of the Fraunhofer IAO and member of board of acatech- Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V.
Elizabeth Pollitzer and Martina Schraudner