GS22 Programme

Gendered interactions between diversity and quality in research.
Science knowledge for equitable and just future
28 & 31st October and 1st November 2022

Live event in VIRTUAL conference format with some pre-recorded sessions delivered on the Meetyoo platform


  • 28th October:  Coordinating development of equity, diversity, and inclusion indicators in science system – an afternoon session led by Elsevier, hosted on Zoom as a virtual event
  • 31st October: Integrating gender and diversity dimensions in research and innovation – virtual event hosted on the Meetyoo platform, with plenary and parallel sessions and an Exhibition
  • 1st November: Advancing participatory and collaborative science knowledge-making - virtual event hosted on the Meetyoo platform, with plenary and parallel sessions and an Exhibition


28th October 15:15 – 17:00
Coordinating development of equity, diversity, and inclusion indicators in science system

(Zoom virtual session, led by Elsevier)

Data on diversity can ensure that certain groups become statistically visible and, also help expose potential discrimination and inequalities. The common challenges in collecting data on diversity include: the legal treatment of ‘sensitive’ data and concerns around privacy; the use of different data sources for different policy purposes; and issues of comparability over time since identities are dynamic and multiple constructs. This session highlights new attempts by key actors in research and innovation ecosystem to conceptualise diversity and inclusion in the context of science system processes and practices. The aim is to help harmonise definitions, collections, and interpretations of data.



  • Joint commitment on inclusion and diversity in publishing, Tom Welton Professor of Sustainable Chemistry, Imperial College, UK
  • Developing gender, ethnicity and race questions for self-reporting of diversity data, Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Co-chair, Gender Equity Taskforce and Vice President, Research Intelligence, Elsevier
  • A policy framework for sex, gender, and diversity analysis in research for national funding agencies, Lilian Hunt, EDIS Lead, Wellcome
  • Advancing gender dimensions of innovation at the European Innovation Council, Elena Martines, Senior Policy Adviser, European Innovation Council

Moderator: Ylann Schemm, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Elsevier and Director of Elsevier Foundation

31st October, 9:00 – 17:15
Integrating gender dimensions in R&I

09:00–09:15 Keynote 1 Gender budgeting In the EU as a mechanism to advance gender equality in R&I
This session will introduce the latest policy developments in mainstreaming gender into EU budget with particular focus on the challenges, opportunities, and progress in using gender budgeting as a mechanism for achieving the EU gender equality ambitions and make advancements in science through Horizon Europe.
Bernhard Windisch, Head of Unit, Budget Performance & Policy Mainstreaming, European Commission
09:20–10:50 PLENARY 1: New directions in integrating dimensions of equity, diversity, and inclusion in research content
Historically, researchers assumed that what they learned about (White) male could be safely applied to anybody, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or other variables. But people of different races and ethnicities often grow up in different environments and cultures that may create inequities in health and socio-economic status. To reduce these disparities, we need to understand the mechanisms underlying them and ensure that scientific research must include those groups that have historically been excluded or underrepresented.
  • Interrelationships between inequalitiesFrancisco H.G. Ferreira, Professor of Inequality Studies,London School of Economics, UK
  • Integrating the gender perspective in chemicals management, Anna Holthaus,Projects Coordinator, Multi-stakeholder Partnerships Institute (MSP), MSP Institute, DE
  • The DFG method to promote integration of gender and intersectionality dimensions in research design, Sonja Ochsenfeld-Repp, Head of Division Equal Opportunities, Research Integrity and Cross-Programme Development, German Research Foundation (DFG), DE
  • The role of funders in ensuring sex, gender and diversity analysis is integrated in research, Lilian Hunt, EDIS Lead, Wellcome
Moderator: Shirin Heidari, President,GENDRO,and Senior Research Fellow, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
10:50–11:10 BREAK & Exhibition
11:10–12:40 PLENARY 2: Benefits of integrating sex-gender analysis into research in emerging fields
Much progress has been made in recent years to demonstrate the importance of sex-gender differences in life sciences and health research. The aim of this session is to consider the relevance of sex/gender dimensions in a wider range of research contexts where basic biological processes might be underpinning the quality of research or its applications.
  • Integrating sex and gender dimensions into bio-nano compatibility research, Neill Liptrott,Reader in Pharmacology and Principal Investigator, Liverpool U, UK
  • Gender and societal values in reproduction and fertility research, Simone Immler,Professor of Genetics and Reproduction, U East Anglia, UK
  • Outbreak analytics, Simone Carter, Lead, Integrated Outbreak Analytics,UNICEF
  • Sex and gender in 3D bioprinting, Manon van Daal,Researcher, UMC Utrecht, NL
  • Sustainability through a gender lens: UN Sustainable Development Goals’ consideration of sex and gender, Kristy James, Senior Data Scientist, Elsevier
Moderator: Simona Fiorani,Editor, iScience, Cell Press Elsevier, NL
12:40–12:55 KEYNOTE 2 Laura Hassink,Managing Director for STM Journals, Elsevier, USA
Introduced by Ylann Schemm,Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Elsevier and Elsevier Foundation, NL
This session will reveal the important influence of science publishers in advancing women scientists as authors, reviewers, editors, and leaders and will demonstrate the wide range of activities that Elsevier is pursuing to advance women scientists and promote gender-sensitive research
12:55–13:30 BREAK & Exhibition
13:30–15:00 PLENARY 3 Bias and discriminations in digital automated decision systems
This session is a response to the EU call for the creation of an ‘ecosystem of trust’ to ensure that ‘European AI is grounded in the EU values and fundamental rights’ among which the right to equality and non-discrimination is central. Different algorithmic technologies pose different types of challenges for gender equality and non-discrimination law, it is important to differentiate between the various types and the specific issues they pose.
  • The accuracy, utility, and limitations of face recognition technologies, Patrick Grother, Scientist, Biometric algorithm evaluation and biometric performance testing standardisation, National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST),NIST, USA
  • Equity aspects in smart home technologies and digitalisation, Dylan Furszyfer Del Rio, Research Fellow in Energy Systems,Sussex U. UK
  • Understanding Public (Dis)Trust of AI, Bran Knowles, Senior Lecturer, Data Science Institute, Lancaster University
  • Fairness aware machine learning, Eirini Ntoutsi, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Research Institute CODE, Bundeswehr University Munich, DE
  • Sex and gender bias in AI for biomedicine and healthcare, Silvina Catuara Solarz, Neuroscientist, The Women's Brain Project,& Senior Manager Science and Business Development, icometrix CH, and Emre Guney, Head of Discovery and Data Science, STALICLA, ES
Moderator:Harry Muncey, Director of Responsible AI & Data Science, Elsevier
15:00–16:45 Parallel Sessions & Exhibition

PARALLEL 1: The Horizon Europe INSPIRE project
European Centre of Excellence on Inclusive Gender Equality in Research and Innovation. Creating Knowledge & Engaging in Collaborative Action
This ambitious project will establish the European Centre of Excellence with four knowledge support hubs addressing different topics: Sustainability and deepening change, Widening participation, Intersectionality and Innovation. INSPIRE will conduct new research, collect new data to produce new knowledge as well as training materials.

  • Sustaining Change Knowledge and Support Hub, Yvonne Benschop, Radbaud U, NL
  • Widening Participation Knowledge and Support Hub, Marta Warat & Ewa Krzaklewska, Jegielonian U, PL and Gloria Bonder, FLACSO, Argentina
  • Intersectionality Knowledge and Support Hub, Maria Caprille, NOTUS, ES; Patrizia Zanoni & Joanna Beeckmans, Hasselt U, BE
  • Private Sector and Innovation Knowledge and Support Hub, Susanne Bührer, IAO, Fraunhofer, DE
  • General Debate, Claartje Vinkenburg, Independent Expert, Portia

Lead: Rachel Palmén & Jörg Müller, Senior Researchers, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Barcelona, ES



PARALLEL 2: Pathways to gender equity in research capacity building: case study of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa
Women’s and men´s roles in society are often prescribed determining how each may take advantage of opportunities. Being aware of these systematic differences and taking them into account in program design can promote gender equality. CARTA has done this by introducing mechanisms that deal with women´s practical needs to ensure that both men and women fellows are able to maximize fully and equally the opportunities provided by, and through the program. The program is committed to gender equity in access to its training programs and governance structure.

  • Macelina Ijadunola, CARTA graduate
  • Folusho Mubowale Balogun, CARTA graduate
  • Julienne Murererehe, CARTA graduate
  • Alexander Kagaha, CARTA graduate

Moderator: Florah Karimi, CARTA Program Manager


PARALLEL 3: Falling Walls Female Talent Scheme. Advancing Early Career Stage women researchers

  • Eva Reichwein, Director Equal Opportunities, Research Integrity and Cross-Programme Development German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Karin Rehak-Nitsche, Senior Vice President Science, Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Geneviève Almouzni, Chair Gender and Diversity Issues Working Group European Research Council (ERC)
  • Isabel Torres, CEO and Co-founder, Mothers in Science

Moderator Ruth Morgan, Professor, Vice Dean Faculty of Engineering, UCL, Director Centre for Forensic Sciences, UCL


PARALLEL 4: New understanding of diversity and discrimination in research institutions

This session we will introduce the newly published book „Diversity and Discrimination in Research Organizations“ and provide insights into two case studies of it: work-life reconciliation in Vietnam and sexism in German academia. In the following discussion , we want to explore with the participants how current European research policy seeks to create a better work climate and, most importantly, what consequences systemic discrimination has on academic capacity to produce excellent research.

Part 1

  • Promoting an Inclusive Research Culture – Current Policy Efforts in Europe
    Lidia Borrell-Damián, Secretary General, Science Europe, Belgium
  • Diversity and Discrimination in Research Organizations: New Studies and their Implications
    Clemens Striebing, Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer IAO, Germany
  • Social Roles and Scientific Impact of Male and Female Researchers in Vietnamese Social Sciences
    Minh Nguyen, Professor of Sociology and High Senior Researcher, Institute for Family and Gender Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnam
  • The Hidden Problem: Sexual Harassment and Violence in German Higher Education
    Heike Pantelmann, Managing Director, Margherita von Brentano Center of Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    Tanja Wälty, Research Associate, Margherita von Brentano Center of Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Part 2
Discussion: From Awareness to Action: Embedding Social Justice values in the Quest for Scientific Excellence

  • Minh Nguyen, Professor of Sociology and High Senior Researcher, Institute for Family and Gender Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnam
  • Heike Pantelmann, Managing Director, Margherita von Brentano Center of Freie Universität Berlin, DE
  • Tanja Wälty, Research Associate, Margherita von Brentano Center of Freie Universität Berlin, DE
  • Clemens Striebing, Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer IAO, DE
  • Ninon Junca, RESET - Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together project manager, University of Bordeaux, FR
  • Chris Woolston, Freelance writer for Nature, USA

Moderator: Lidia Borrell-Damián, Secretary General, Science Europe, Belgium

1st November 9:00 – 16:30
Co-designing and Co-creating the Future

09:00–09:15  KEYNOTE 3 Women as strategic actors in innovative and transfer-oriented research for everyday life
Martina Schraudner
, Professor and Chair for Gender and Diversity in Technology and Product Development at the Technical University of Berlin (TUB), and Scientific director of the Center for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), DE
09:15–10:45 PLENARY 4. Shaping the future by asking the right research questions
There are many global problems that science can help understand and solve which require further research and understanding. Scientists are increasingly crossing the boundaries of the professional system by involving the general public directly in their research. However, this crowd involvement has tended to be confined to empirical work. This session examines how the public can be also involved in conceptual stages such as formulating the questions that research is trying to address.
  • And when society is involved: - the big picture, Martina Schraudner, Professor TU Berlin and Head of CeRRI, IAO Fraunhofer, DE
  • The German Research Ministry has started the Ideenlauf Anne Overbeck, Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Together: "Science Year 2022 – Participate!” New Ideas and Perspectives for Science and Science Policy, Michael Wingens, Project Leader Science Year Projects and Future of SciComm Conference, Wissenschaft im Dialog, DE
  • Next steps when ideas of citizens are collected, Jeanet Bruil, Head Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) at the NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek)
  • How citizens' questions can be integrated into research , Christiane Grill, Senior Program Manager, Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft Open Innovation in Science Center, AT
  • An international view on the participative processes, Caroline Paunov, Senior Economist, Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP)OECD
Moderator: Martina Schraudner, Professor, TU Berlin and Head of CeRRI, IAO Fraunhofer, DE
10:45–11:00  BREAK & Exhibition
11:00–12:30  PLENARY 5 Structural transformations for gender equality among key actors in research ecosystem
Research quality and researcher excellence are at the heart of the mission of several key actors in the science systems, who both shape and define what is best science, and in particular: RPOs, RFOs, science policy makers, science publishers, and academies representing society as potential user of science knowledge. Their shared concern over quality of research creates an opportunity to leverage how EDI is integrated into practice at institutional and system levels.
  • Measures to promote and monitor diversity among editors of Elsevier journalsMirit Eldor, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Elsevier, UK
  • Changing the narrative of the science CV to include qualitative measures of achievements- Michaela Strinzel, Scientific Officer, Strategy Division Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), CH
  • Challenging assumed gender-neutral practices with gender budgeting, Finnborg S. Steinþórsdóttir, Post-Doc,U Iceland , IS
  • A Pathway towards Multidimensional Academic Careers, Bert Overlaet,Emeritus Professor and Chair of the LERU Careers of Researchers & HR Policy Group, KU Leuven, BE
Moderator: Pavel Ovseiko, Senior Research Fellow and Principal Investigator,U Oxford, UK
12:30–12:45  KEYNOTE 4 “Science for whom? Public funding for global climate change and energy research.”
Benjamin K. Sovacool
, Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), U Sussex, Director of the Sussex Energy Group, UK, and Distinguished Professor of Business & Social Sciences, Aarhus U, DK.
12:45–13:15  BREAK and Exhibition
13:15–14:45  PLENARY 6 Challenging the frameworks of normality in science knowledge systems
Knowledge systems include the practices, routines, structures, mindsets, values, and cultures affecting what and how knowledge is produced and used, and by whom. Formalised knowledge systems are closely intertwined with society, economies and cultures and are integral to shaping the way societies develop, function, and mobilise resources. This session will ask what is needed to ensure that formalised knowledge does not reinforce current patterns of thinking and action, limiting ability of societies to develop capacities for more creative responses to challenges like climate change and energy transitions.
  • Decolonising scientific knowledge, Thomas Thayer, Executive Publisher, Scientific African, Elsevier, NL
  • Fairness in accreditation of research team membersJulia I. Lane, Professor and NYU Provostial Fellow for Innovation Analytics,NYU, USA
  • Improving the language of sex and gender reporting in science. An editorial assessment, Isabel Goldman,Editor, Cell, Elsevier, USA
  • Gender, the glass ceiling and values in contemporary art, Helen Gorrill,Lecturer and CEO and founder of Boom Publications, U. Dundee, UK
  • Editorial policy to include sex-gender in research reporting in Nature journals, Sowmya Swaminathan, Head of Collaborations for Springer Nature and Chair of Springer Nature’s Research & Solutions DEI Programme
Moderator: Claartje Vinkenburg,Independent Expert, Portia, DE
14:45–15:00 Keynote 5 Gertraud Stadler,Professor, Gender-sensitive Prevention Research, Director, Institute for Gender Medicine, Charité, DE
This session will celebrate the progress made in advancing gender research in medicine to improve health, quality of life and well-being and raise awareness how research with a gender and diversity sensitive approach has been promoted through innovative teaching.
   PARALLEL 5 Transition pathways to equitable, just and sustainable energy systems: Reflections from the Advisory Board to the new Horizon Europe gEneSys project

This session will consider the approach needed to respond to the Group of the Chief Scientific Advisers to the European Union recommendation that “the transition to carbon-neutrality must be just and fair”. The Regulation (EU) 2021/1056 on Just Transition Mechanism states that “in order to be successful and socially acceptable for all, the transition has to be fair and inclusive” and all possible mechanisms should be deployed to mitigate adverse consequences. The European Green Deal’s just transition principle has mostly taken a narrow focus, e.g., by seeking to open-up pathways into a clean energy future for – mostly male – workers in the old fossil fuel sectors. This session introduces the gEneSys project, which will start in the spring of 2023 with the aim to address these issues, through the perspectives of the project's Advisory Board members.

  • Arn Sauer, Director, Federal Foundation for Gender Equality, DE
  • Lidia Borell-Damian, Secretary General of Science Europe, EU
  • Gill Allwood, Director Doctoral Programmes, Nottingham Trent U., UK
  • Isabella Schmidt, Statistics Specialist, UN Women Nairobi
  • Thorgerdur Einarsdóttir, Professor of Gender Studies Faculty of Political Science University of Iceland
  • Raphael Heffron, Professor in Energy Justice & the Social Contract, Universite de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, E2S UPPA, CNRS, TREE, Pau, France
Moderator: Lucio Pisacane, gEneSys Coordinator - National Research Council, Italy
   PARALLEL 6 Global Femicide: Round Table Discussion
In the light of the UN SDG Agenda 2030, can societal wellbeing and women’s safety exist if femicide continues to be ignored?
Lead and moderator Shalva Weil, Senior Researcher, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Director of the Israel Observatory on Femicide
  • Ecaterina Balica, Senior Researcher, Institute of Sociology of the Romanian Academy; Coordinator of Romanian Observatory on Homicide Studies and Prevention
  • Athena Peglidou, Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology, School of History and Archeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; member of the advisory board of the European Observatory on Femicide.
  • Katerina Standish, Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, at the University of Otago, in New Zealand and Peace and Conflict Resolution Instructor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in Canada.
  • Teresita Escotto Quesada, initiator of Center for Prevention of Violence Against Women in Mexico City; Former UNESCO Program Specialist.

   PARALLEL 7 Gender and sustainable mobility
There is no doubt that the transport sector is far from gender neutral, a failing which brings real costs in terms of missed opportunities to draw upon talent & to reflect properly the mobility needs of 50% of the world’s population. As the SUM4ALL Global Roadmap of Action (GRA) identified very clearly, the position of women as passengers, decision-makers and workers in the transport sector is very far from ideal. With women as greater users of shared mobility solutions, this can mean that the impact of the policy measures and frameworks which are being put in place for sustainable mobility solutions is diminished. That is why SUM4All’s gender working group is working on practical policy ideas and initiatives to ensure a proper gender balance in all aspects of mobility. From improving data collection to considering how to make the sector a more attractive employment option for women, many in the group are working hard to find solutions and this session will see some of those ideas shared for discussion.
  • Magali Anderson, Holcim Group: Magali initiated the Women on Wheels programme, an interesting experiment on how to create opportunities for women in the transport sector while responding to pressing needs like safety and drivers’ shortage. Magali will describe the project and explain what research and evidence contributed to its development.
  • Kalpana Viswanath, CEO, Safetipin: Safetipin uses technology to research the real-time issues of poor lighting and infrastructure which directly impact on the mobility patterns of women. Kalpana will talk about this work as well as other data collection projects on safety and last mile connectivity.
  • Isobel Duxfield, Membership & Communications Manager, POLIS: POLIS are currently working with independent consultant Heather Allen to gather evidence on best practice and practical changes in regulations, laws and other structures to support women to play a greater role in the transport sector. Isobel will talk about their use of questionnaires, literature reviews and other research techniques in developing this project.

Moderator Sheila Watson, Deputy Director, FIA Foundation

  PARALLEL 8 The power of GEPs: Learning from Physics how to implement GEPs
This session will share the experience and the lessons learned in implementing GEPs in Physics research performing and funding institutions as part of the H2020 GENERA project, and then developing best practice through the GENERA-Network, which facilitates collaboration among physics research institutions to achieve gender equality in the field.
  • Thomas Berghöfer, Senior researcher, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), DE
  • Tomas Brage, Professor of Physics, Lund U, SE
  • Meytal Eran Jona, Head of Diversity and Inclusion Office, Weizmann Institute of Science. Chair, GENERA Network
  • Iaia Masullo, Maria Rosaria Masullo, Senior Scientists, National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), IT
  • Lisa Kamlade, Project Offices, Genera-Network, DESY. DE

Moderator: Thomas Berghöfer, Senior researcher, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) and Coordinator of the GENERA Network

16:30–16:40  Closing of GS22