GS17 Programme

17th Gender Summit – Europe, 3-4 October 2019, Amsterdamin
in partnership with OCW, KNAW, NWO, TNO, VSNU, VH, LNVH, VHTO, Elsevier Foundation​
Driving academic innovation through diversity and inclusion:
Towards a more diverse and inclusive scientific environment to enhance equity and excellence.​
Day 0 - 2nd October 2019
The Gender Summit warmly welcomes all participants, speakers and guests of the Summit to the special opening night at the Griffioen Theatre of the VU University Amsterdam. Please join us to get to know other participants, network and get the discussions started. Please note that this session is also open to academics (students, academic and supportstaf) not attending the Gender Summit.
19:30–19:35 Word of Welcome
19:35–20:15 Play #MeToo in Academia: THE LEARNING CURVE by the international science theatergroup ‘Het Acteursgenootschap’ (more information here).
20:15–20:45 Setting the tone for the main programme: interactive debat with audience on cultural change in academia
20:45–20:50 Closing statement
20:45–21:30 Drinks, discussions and networking
Day 1 –  3rd October 2019 (Venue: Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam)
Theme 1.National frameworks to advance gender balance, diversity and inclusion in science and research
8:15–9:00 Arrivals - refreshments
9:00–9:10 Welcome address – Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven
9:10–9:35 Keynote
Belle Derks, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology at Utrecht University and chair of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
9:35–10:50 Setting quality standards for diversity and inclusion in science
As our societies change and become more diverse, universities are asked to be more open and inclusive to enable participation of people from various backgrounds, including those that traditionally were less represented in higher education and in research. The aim of this session is to discuss ways of supporting universities and research organisations in developing strategies towards equity, diversity, and inclusion in response to the increasing internationalisation and globalisation of research. All to achieve the highest possible quality in research and decision making.

Chair: Rianne Letschert , Rector, Maastricht University, Netherlands
• Strategies towards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Universities –Paul Boyle, Vice President, European Universities Association (EUA), Belgium
• Implementing EU policy of Open and Inclusive Societies – Wolfgang Burtscher, Director, European Commission, Directorate for Research and Innovation, Belgium
Making STEM sector representative of the population - British Science Association All-party Parliamentary Group, Louis Stupple-Harris, Research and Campaign Manager, British Science Association. UK
• Implicit bias as a mechanism behind the gender gap, and a potential threat to aca-demic meritocracy, Simone Buitendijk, Vice-rector (Education), Imperial College, UK
10:50–11:10 Refreshments
11:10–12:45 Sensitivity to contexts in statistics and indicators of science excellence
Many statistical measures and indicators have been developed in Europe to calculate and monitor how women and men participate, advance and contribute to science. Missing from these quantitative mappings are insights into the contextual factors (cultural, political, historical) that influence how decisions on scientific excellence are made in different countries, institutions and disciplines. This session will discuss how we can improve the capacity of statistical and data analysis tools to identify hidden inequalities.

Chair: Claartje Vinkenburg, Independent Gender Expert, Netherlands
• The UNESCO SAGA Methodology – Ernesto Polcuch, Chief of Section for Science Policy and Partnerships in the Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO, France
• What can science analytics tell us about biases and trends in the publication and use of academic studies, Maria de Kleijn, SVP Analytical Services, Elsevier, Netherlands
Measuring and monitoring integration of gender dimension in research: contribution from the EU Gendered Innovation 2.0 project, Ineke Klinge, TBC, Co-Chair, EU Gen-dered Innovation 2.0 project, Netherlands
Improving the ERC evaluation process, Isabelle Vernos, TBC, Chair of the European Research Council (ERC) Working Group on Gender Balance, Spain
12:45–13:40 Lunch, Poster Exhibition, Networking
Theme 2.Fostering diversity in open science and AI to ensure an optimal connection of science to society
13:40–15:15 Promoting scientific and societal benefits of AI through diversity in participation and bias free conceptual frameworks
This session will discuss how socially responsible applications can be developed. The focus is on the recognition and avoidance of biases in design (including algorithms and training data) and applications of the rapidly advancing AI technologies. The strategic approaches from the Gendered Innovations project can be applied to the field of AI as well – we cannot afford to get the research wrong.

Chair: Curt Rice, Rector, OsloMet University, Norway
• Digital Equity Laboratory, Greta Byrum, Co-founder and Director, New School, USA
Gender Equality and Artificial Intelligence at the Council of Europe, Cecile Greboval,TBC, Council of Europe, Directorate of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, France
• Preventing bias in AI in business - Ghislaine Prins, Global Digital Marketing Director, Randstad, Netherlands
15:15–15:30 Refreshments, Poster Exhibition, Networking
15:30–17:00 This is an interactive session involving all participants to discuss political, economic, social and technological (PEST) drivers for Equitable and Inclusive Scientific Environment in Digital Future and establish consensus on recommendations for policy, research, innovation and outreach. To be organised with several European expert groups on the topic, such as the EU High Level Expert Group on AI.
17:00–19:00 Reception
Speakers Dinner – By Invitation Only

Day 2 –  4th October 2019 (Venue: Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam)
Theme 3.Actions towards a team–driven, innovative academic culture where everyone feels included
8:00–8:30 Arrivals - refreshments
8:30–9:00 Scheduled Poster Presentations 1
9:00–10:30 Diversity and inclusion in teams, disciplines and in research organisations as workplaces
Efforts to realize diversity and inclusion in science organisations typically fall into two broad classes: some are motivated by a concern for equity and social justice, and others are motivated by a concern for increasing the pool of talented scientists. This session will discuss barriers and opportunities for different disciplines and research organisations to attract and include a diversity of researchers, with specific attention to diversity in teams.

Chair: Hanneke Takkenberg, Chair of the Dutch Network of Women Professors and professor of Clinical Decision Making in Cardio-Thoracic Interventions at the Erasmus MC
• Fitting in and opting out: How to reap the benefits of diversity - Naomi Ellemers, Distinguished Professor, Utrecht University, Netherlands
• Creating a strong foundation of inclusion and diversity in industrial R&D culture – Marcel Wubbolts, Chief Technology Officer, Corbion, Nethertlands
• Rew-focusing how scientific community assesses research, Stephen Curry, Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Chair of Steering Committee on Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), Imperial College, UK
• Transforming pipelines in academia and leadership, Peter Møllgaard. Dean of School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, Netherlands
10:30–10:45 Refreshments, poster presentations
10:45-11:15 Scheduled Poster Presentations 2
11:15–11:45 Report on the Digital Future consensus forum

Effective responses to reported incidents of, and mechanisms to prevent, harassment and violence in academic environment
It is increasingly important to pay attention to, and enact policies that cover gender/sexual misbehaviours and violence, as a way to address the most extreme forms of inequality. The cumulative effect of sexual harassment is a significant damage to the research enterprise. The legal system alone is not an adequate mechanism for reducing or preventing sexual harassment, and institutions need to move beyond legal compliance to address culture and climate. This session will examine how Institutions can prevent and effectively address all forms of sexual harassment/violence by making systemic change to the culture and climate.

Chair: TBC
• Scene from ‘The learning curve’ – Susanne Spliethoff, Managing Director, Het Acteursgenootschap, Netherlands
• Understanding gender perspectives on sexuality and sexual harassment in academia, Marijke Naezer, Independent Expert, Netherlands
Gaps in research on sexual harassment in academia, Frederik Bondestam, Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
• The NSF policy leadership in connecting sanctions to grants – Rhonda J. Davis, TBC, Head, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA

13:15–14:00 Lunch, Poster Exhibition, Networking
14:00–15:30 International mobility as driver of plurality in scientific perspectives on research for societal challenges
International mobility has become a key requirement in science and technology professional career progression of women and men. One benefit is more friendly and collaborative working environments that recognise the value of diversity in scientific talent. But international mobility is not only an opportunity to engage in new scientific endeavours. It is also an opportunity to benefit from different cultures and the way they influence science practice. This session will discuss the potential benefits of international mobility of researchers as a way of introducing new research perspectives and ways of understanding into research process.

Chair: Wim van Saarloos, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Netherlands
• Gender diversity leads to better science - Mathias Wullum Nielsen, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
• Migration as a trigger for acceptance of those perceived as ‘others’ – Magdalena Nowicka, deZIM Institute, Germany
• Academic engagement patterns of native and foreign-born academics, Cornelia Lawson,TBC, Centre for Research in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Bath University UK
• Back up: Gender and Citizenship in Academic Career Progression – Kyoko Shinozaki, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
15:30–15:45 Refreshments
15:45–17:00 Interactive and dynamic parallel session
Parallel 1 Parallel 2 Parallel 3 Parallel 4
Evidence and critical reflections on existing national- and regional-level actions to advance gender equality in science and innovation, including participation, decision-making, funding, outcomes. What works? Instruments, measures and practices to effectively tackle common biases and inequalities, including negative effects of stereotypes on careers and work cultures that tolerate microaggression, scientific harassment and prejudice. Open science: transforming science knowledge making and workforce for collaborative and collective response to global societal challenges. Integrating gender dimension (biological sex and/or sociocultural factors) into research process, methods and content as a measure of scientific excellence, for bias free science knowledge and equitable research outcomes.
17:00–17:20 Closing Statements