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 1 –  3rd October 2019
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
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.
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.
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.
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
VIP Dinner – By Invitation Only

Day 2 –  4th October 2019
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.
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
11:45–13:15 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.
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.
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