GS16 Programme

Diversity and Gender in Science: Enhancing the Value of Research and Innovation

Day 1, 28 August 2019
8:00 – 8:30
ARRIVALS, Coffee/tea
8:30–8:40 Plenary;Welcome address
Science and society: meeting the needs and ambitions of Asian countries
8:40–9:00 Keynote 1
Meeting societal challenges by creating diverse research and innovation environment
Speaker: Chan Lai Fung, Chair Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR), and Permanent Secretary (National Research and Development()
9:00–9:20 Keynote 2
Digitalisation of societies and economies for a fairer and more sustainable future
President, NTU
9:20–10:40 Plenary Panel 1
Strategies to maximise impact of gender equality policy programmes in science, and beyond
This session will discuss recent and emerging policy efforts to improve gender balance in science participation and decision making, as well as promote gender sensitive research for greater societal relevance. The context are: international cooperation on STI for global societal challenges, open and inclusive innovation, developing and connecting scientific talent, and multi-stakeholder and multilateral collaborations.

Chair: Zee Upton, Executive Director, Institute of Medical Biology, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR); Research leader in Skin Integrity, Repair & Regeneration Theme, Skin Research Institute of Singapore (SRIS)
  • EU gender policy priorities in STI and in cooperation dialogues with Asian countries. Barbara PLINKERT, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Singapore
  • Recognising opportunity for innovation and societal transformation through diversity and gender equality. Yong Ying-I, TBC, Chair SGInnovate and Permanent Secretary (Public Service Division), former Chair of National Research Foundation
  • Connecting science to Humanity. Thierry ZOMAHOUN, President and CEO of AIMS and Chair of the NEF, Rwanda
  • Strengthening India’s bio-tech enterprise through public-industry cooperation and advancement of women. Renu Swarup, TBC Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India
10:40–11:00 Break – refreshments, posters, networking
11–11:20 Plenary; Keynote 3
The ‘disruptive’ innovation power of new science institutions: transforming the status quo

Curt Rice
, Rector, Oslo Metropolitan University
11:20–12:50 Plenary Panel 2
STI interinstitutional and international cooperation relationships as mechanisms for implementing shared gender equality policy objectives
This session will discuss successful, and still needed, national and international policy intervention measures, and best practices, to improve the conditions enabling women to more fully and more effectively participate in, and benefit from, science research and innovation. Topics include: role of research funders; applying gender budgeting to science resources; making impact through multilateral actions; internationalisation of scientific workforce; digitalisation of science and society.

Chair: Rita BISSOONAUTH, Head of the African Union International Centre for Girls and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA), Burkina Faso
  • Integration of Gender Equality Policy in Research Funding. Sonja OCHSENFELD-REPP Head of Division Equal Opportunities, Research Integrity and Cross-Programme Development, DFG, Germany
  • What can gender budgeting tell us about distribution of research resources. Lekha CHAKRABORTY Associate Professor NIPFP, India
  • A global perspective on women and girls in STEM in a digital future, as creators and beneficiaries of digitalisation of societies and economies. Alicia HAMMOND, Lead on Innovation and Technology for the Gender Group, World Bank
  • Actions needed in Asia to systematically monitor and address gender issues in STEM. Shamima K. CHOUDHURY, Director, Bose Centre for Advanced Study and Research in Natural Science, Bangladesh
  • The UNESCO SAGA methodology.Ernesto Polcuch/Alessandro Bello TBC UNESCO, France.
12:50–13:45 LUNCH, networking, poster exhibition
13:45–14:15 Plenary; Keynote 4
Gender perspective on vaccine design and delivery: how understanding basic biology of sex differences can improve public health response to infectious diseases
Sabra L. KLEIN Professor John Hopkins University, the Vaccine Initiative, USA
14:15–15:45 Plenary Panel 3
Sex, gender, and diversity as dimensions of quality in health research and outcomes
This session will present new scientific understanding of when, why and how biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) factors influence health research results and quality of outcomes. Topics will include: integrating sex/gender as research variables; biological diversity in human diseases; nutritional genomics and food security; gender sensitive medical diagnostics

Chair: Kanwaljit SOIN, Consultant orthopaedic and hand surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore
  • Why sex and gender matter in implementation science and practice. Cara TANNENBAUM, Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research,Ottawa, Canada
  • Enforcing the relevance of gender dimension in biological research.Fabiano SANTOS, Senior Programme Offices, IDRC, Canada
  • Applying the sex/gender perspective to nutritional genomics. Mikyung SUNG, Vice President of Sookmyung Women's University, Republic of Korea
  • DNA forensics and human rights.Maria CORAZON ABOGADO de UNGRIA, University Researcher, University of the Philippines
 15:45–16:00 Break
 16:00–17:20 Plenary Panel 4
Equitable Technological Future: Women scientists in Asia-Pacific at the forefront of technological transformation for sustainable future

This session introduces women scientists from across the Asia Pacific region who are driving future-changing research and innovation to produce essential building blocks for sustainable technological solutions to global challenges.

Chair: Nina ALAG SURI
, Founder and CEO X0PA AI
  • Biosensors for water quality monitoring. Wan Waradatul AMANI WAN SALIM Assistant Professor, International Islamic University, Malaysia
  • Edible Food packaging from sea weed. Noryawati MULYONO, Head of Food Technology Department of Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
  • Biosensors in agriculture and food applications. Nitsara KAROONUTHAISIRI, Principal Researcher, Ex Director, Biosensing Technology Research Unit, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand
  • The disappearing insects: Why we must care. Damayanti BUCHORI, Professor of Entomology and Biological Control, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
 17:20–19:30  RECEPTION and poster presentations
Day 2, 29 August 2019
8:00 – 9:00
ARRIVALS, Coffee/tea and poster presentations
9:00–9:20 Plenary; Keynote 5
Science for sustainable society and well-being for all
, President, Japan Science and Technology Agency
9:20–10:15 Plenary Panel 5
Women in STEM leadership, and as career role models 
This session is a conversation between excellent women scientists and research leaders who are creating new relationships between society and scientific and technological advances for a better and more sustainable future.
  • Carolyn Lam, Senior Consultant Cardiologist at the National Heart Centre Singapore and a professor at the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders Programme at Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School.
  • Jackie HUNTER, Chief Executive Officer of Benevolent Bio and Director of BenevolentAI, UK
  • Toni Moate, Director National Collections and Marine Infrastructure, Australia
  • Miyoko O. Watanabe, Deputy Executive Director, Director-General of Center for Science Communication, and also Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Japan Science and Technology Agency.
  • Kumsal Bayazit, CEO Elsevier
 10:15–15:30  Break, refreshments, networking, posters
10:30–12:00 Plenary Panel 6
New practical approaches and mechanisms to advance systematic progress towards gender quality in STI
This session will focus on the opportunities, approaches and mechanisms to implement gender equality policies in STI. The context will be the resources and practices already developed, those that are on the way or are emerging as a result of fresh policy aspirations, commitments, and agendas. The context are: scientific publishing; evidence based guidelines; national and global policy challenges; consensus for systemic change.

Chair: Tazeen JAFAR, Professor, Health Services & Systems Research Programme, Dukes NUS Singapore and Agha Khan University
  • Creating common excellence criteria and expertise in scientific publishing.Benji GYAMPOH Editor in Chief, Scientific African, Ghana
  • Advancing the culture of gendered innovation research.Heisook LEE, Director, and Hee Young Paik, Senior Scientist, Gendered Innovation in Science and Technology Research (GISTeR), Republic of Korea
  • Gender perspective on social, political, and legal consequences of climate change impacts. Tayanah O’DONNELL, Director, Future Earth, Australia
  • Tools for editors and authors for integrating gender dimension in research content. Shirin HEIDARI, SAGER, European Association of Science Editors, Europe
  • Analytics and gender in the global research collaboration landscape. Sarah HUGGETT, Head of Analytical Services, Elsevier.
 12:00–13:00 Lunch
13:00–14:30 Plenary Session 7
Creating inclusive and supportive academic cultures through impactful gender equality interventions
This session examines gender and diversity issues in the working conditions of researchers. Topics include role of science academies, how to close gaps between scientists and decision makers, barriers to the advancement of women in STEM leadership in developing countries, advancing best practice for research funders in a global landscape.

Chair: Sonja Ochsenfeld-Repp, Head of Division Equal Opportunities, Research Integrity and Cross-Programme Development, DFG, Germany
  • Science academies as a nexus for gendered research and innovation policy agendas: A case from the Academy of Science of South Africa. Stanley MAPHOSA, Head of International Affairs, Academy of Sciences of South Africa
  • Our lived gender realities: improving policy and institutional response in Malaysia.Noraida EDNUT, Director Centre for Research on Women and Gender, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Overcoming obstacles for women to succeed.Kerry Elliot – Head of CSIRO SAGE (Science & Gender Equality) pROGRAM, Australia
  • Implementing policies of fairness and responsibility in research programmes. Rhonda J. DAVIS TBC Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NSF, USA
  • Navigating scientific careers in a mobility-expecting (research) cultures.Debalina DUTTA, Massey Business School, New Zealand
 14:30–15:00  Break, refreshments, networking, posters
15:00–16:15 Parrallel  Session 1
Needs and opportunities to advance research capacity in developing countries through gender equality interventions
  • Policy models to advance structural change for gender equality in STEM: the case of USA, Europe and selected countries in South East Asia. Elizabeth POLLITZER, Portia, UK
  • Pathways to success.Roseanne DIAB, Director, GenderInSITE, South Africa
  • The fragile progress towards gender equality in Myanmar. Aye Lei TUN, Gender Program Manager. Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF), Myanmar
  • Global action by research funders to progress women in science. Sarah TOWNSEND, Global Research Council, New Zealand & Thilinakumari KANDANAMULLA, NSF Sri Lanka, GRC Gender Working Group
15:00–16:15 Parallel Session 2
Selected from abstracts
15:00–16:15 Parallel Session 3
Selected from abstracts
16:15–16:30 Break and transfer to the plenary room
16:30–17:00 Pleanary Panel 8
Creating BRIDGE to Equitable and Sustainable Future in Asia Pacific. The role of the Gender Summit platform
  • Elizabeth POLLITZER, Director, Portia, UK
  • Miyoko O.WATANABE, Deputy Executive Director, Director-General of Center for Science Communication and also Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Heisook LEE, Director Gendered Innovation in Science and Technology Research (GISTeR), Republic of Korea
  • Vandana RAMACHANDRAN, Director, Research Affairs & Administration, SERI & Lakshmi RAMACHANDRAN, Programme Manager, Cancer ImmunoTherapy Imaging, Duke-NUS Medical School
17:15–17:30 Closing statements
Zee Upton,
Executive Director, Institute of Medical Biology, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR);Research leader in Skin Integrity, Repair & Regeneration Theme, Skin Research Institute of Singapore (SRIS)