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
8:30–8:50 Welcome address
Science and society: meeting the needs and ambitions of Asian countries
8:50–9:10 Keynote 1
Driving cultural and societal change for gender equity in science endeavours
9:10–9:30 Keynote 2
Digitalisation of societies and economies for a fairer and more sustainable future
9:30–11:00 Plenary Panel 1
Influential Leaders Forum: Leadership for a better future-changing science
This session will discuss policy efforts to achieve socio-economic aspirations through science and technology by advancing women scientists and engineers into leadership roles and better understanding of gender and diversity as determinants of quality of impact of science endeavours. The context are: internationalisation of science; collaborations between science and industry; UN SDG agenda; and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
11–11:20 Keynote 3
The ‘disruptive’ innovation power of new science institutions: transforming the status quo
11:20–12:45 Plenary Panel 3
Gender in the STI national and international policy frameworks and cooperation instruments
This session will discuss successful, and still needed, intervention measures and best practices to improve conditions enabling women to more fully and more effectively participate in and benefit from science and innovation. Topics will include: achieving consensus on the implementation process; international cooperation initiatives that integrate gender actions; building capacity for gender and diversity aware research in developing countries; and gender budgeting for science.
13:30–14:00 Keynote 4
Sex and gender as drivers for better design and efficacy of vaccines
14:00–15:30 Plenary Panel 4
Sex, gender, and diversity as dimensions of quality in research and innovation content and process
This session will present new scientific understanding of when, why and how biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) factors influence research results and quality of outcomes. Topics will include: biological diversity in cancers; nutritional genomics and food security; implementation research; 3D printing of biomaterials; and City Biodiversity Index.
16:00–17:00 Plenary Panel 5
Equitable Technological Future: Women scientists at the forefront of new technologies for sustainable future
This session introduces women scientists from across Asia Pacific region who are driving future-changing research and innovation that will transform and improve how very complex real-life problems are solved, how safety if medical imaging equipment is improved, how safety of water is tested, how we see the future.
Day 2, 29 August 2019
8:00 – 8:30
ARRIVALS, Coffee/tea
8:30–8:50 Keynote 5
Creating an effective and responsible research and innovation ecosystem, from scratch
8:50–10:00 Plenary Panel 6
New opportunities to advance reliability relevance and social benefits of science and technology
This session will focus on the needs, ambitions and mechanisms to improve how science and technology can benefit society, and in particular in the Asian region, and in Africa, and how universities and stakeholders in science endeavours can advance knowledge needed to tackle socio-economic and environmental challenges
10:00–11:10 Plenary Panel 7
Improving and harmonising statistical evidence on gender and diversity in STEM for more effective science, technology and innovation policies
This session will focus on improving data collection, definition of indicators, and sharing analytical methods to improve monitoring of gender equity and diversity in STEM. The topics will include: learning from bibliometric techniques, approaches to connect data and policy initiatives, best monitoring practices for developing countries, collaborations between different stakeholders to establish and share best practice.
11:00–12:00 Plenary Session 8
Women in STEM leadership and as career role models
This session brings together excellent women scientists in Asia and beyond whose research is shaping future scientific advances and technological progress. The focus is on complex problems and knowledge needed to tackle global social, economic and environmental challenges, and opportunities created by digitalisation of science and society.
12:00–13:00 Plenary Session 9
Creating supportive academic cultures and improving working conditions for researchers
This session examines gender and diversity issues in the context of internationalisation of science education and research. 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.
14:00–15:00 Parallel Session 1
Creating Communities of Practice for sharing evidence, experience, and tools for more effective design and implementation of gender and diversity measures and activities in national and international research and innovation settings.
14:00–15:00 Parallel Session 2
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14:00–15:00 Parallel Session 3
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15:30–16:30 Parallel Session 4
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15:30–16:30 Parallel Session 5
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15:30–16:30 Parallel Session 6
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16:30–17:00 Pleanary Session 6
Creating BRIDGE to Equitable and Sustainable Future in Asia Pacific. The role of the Gender Summit platform
17:00–17:15 Closing statements