GS21 Programme

Gender Equality, Diversity, Inclusion post-Corona: Quo vadis?


VIRTUAL live event with some pre-recorded sessions

14 – 16 April 2021


14 April 2021

Parallel sessions in four break-out rooms
Separate registrations are required for each Workshop
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14:00 – 16:00 ROOM 1: Workshop 1: Diversity & Inclusion: A real facilitator for excellence in science? Led by Max Planck Society
ROOM 2: Workshop 2: Career pathways in Data Science, led by Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
ROOM 3: Workshop 3: Developing European Quality Benchmark for Academic and Research Working Condition (Part 1), led by Centre for Responsible Research and Innovation (CERRI)
ROOM 4: Workshop 4: Gender and standardisation, led by TU-Berlin
16:00 – 18:00 ROOM 1: Workshop 5: Advancing the collection methods and quality of gender data for SDGs, led by Portia, Elsevier, and UN Women
ROOM 2: Workshop 6: Gender dimension in research, led by German Research Council (DFG) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
ROOM 3: Workshop 7: Intersectionality in Research Funding: Thinking on Strategies for Implementation, led by The Dutch Research Council (NWO)
ROOM 4: Workshop 8: Developing European Quality Benchmark for Academic and Research Working Condition (Part 2), led by Centre for Responsible Research and Innovation (CERRI)

15 April 2021

Available on Gender Summit website throughout the event will be short pre-recorded video statements from science leaders talking about:
o The special or unusual steps their science institutions had to take to enable researchers and academic employees continue working during the pandemic.
o The lessons drawn from the Covid-19 pandemic so far and the impact on gender and diversity in the future.
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09:00 – 10:15 Opening of the Gender Summit
Welcome addresses. Pre-recorded
  Anja Karliczek, German Minister for Education and Research, TBC
Dieter Spath, President of acatech
Katja Becker, DFG president
Hans-Christian-Pape, AvH President (member of core organizing group)
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner DG RTD
10:15 – 11:15 PLENARY SESSION 1: Round table (live in virtual format)
The Presidents’ Jury
Advancing collective action to incorporate gender and intersectionality dimensions in research and innovation, and in science policy
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  This session asks how principal actors in knowledge systems - producers and users - can co-operate to advance shared bias-free criteria for assessment of merit of researchers and when valuing importance of their work.

Jury Members:
o Katja Becker – President, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
o Dieter Spath – President, Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech)
o Hans-Christian-Pape – President, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
o Dorothea Wagner – President, German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat)
o Peter-André Alt, President of the German Rectors´ Conference (HRK)

Moderator: Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature
11:15 – 11:30 BREAK
11:30 – 11:45 Keynote: Equality-oriented structures and diversity in research
Christina Hadulla-Kuhlmann, Division for Equal Opportunities in Education and Research at the BMBF, Germany
11:45 – 13:15 PLENARY SESSION 2 (live in virtual format)
Science in the time of crisis: institutional perspectives on the lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic for gender, diversity, and inclusion issues in science knowledge and practice
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  This session reports on the measures implemented by the organisations in R&I systems during the pandemic to minimise disruptions to operations and maintain continuity in functioning as part of science systems. The session also explores the structural and operational gender and inequality effects revealed by the pandemic, and how should science institutions prepare for future major disruptions

1. Rhonda J. Davis, Head Office of Diversity and Inclusion, National Science Foundation, USA
2. Jadranka Gvozdanovic, Professor, Head of Department, U. Heidelberg; Member of Equality Diversity and Inclusion Policy Group, League of European Research Universities (LERU), Europe
3. Genevieve Almouzni, Director of research exceptional class at the CNRS, Honorary Director Institut Curie, Science
4. Bahar Mehmani, Reviewer Experience Lead in the Global STM journals- Elsevier

Moderator: Martina Schraudner, Professor, Board Member of acatech
13:15 – 14:00 BREAK
14:00 – 14:15 Keynote: Outlook for STI. The unavoidable need for systemic change in Universities
Carthage Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD
14:15 – 15:45 PLEANARY SESSION 3: (live in virtual format)
Innovative methodological approaches to integration of gender dimensions, with intersectionality perspectives, into research process.
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  This session will report and explore research advancing understanding, representation and integration of gender equality, diversity and inclusion dimensions in different fields of science. The speakers explain methods of sex/gender analysis in their own area of research; how such analyses can be taught as part of researcher training, and in reporting of research.

o Effect of patients' sex on the efficacy of immunotherapy
Fabio Conforti,MD and Scientist, Instituto Europeo di Oncologia, Italy
o The need for diversity and bias free Machine Learning and AI
Ferenc Huszar, Professor, U Cambridge, UK
o Tracking progress through novel indicators
Alice McGushin, Programme Manager, The Lancet Countdown Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, Global
o Novel mixed methods and approaches to isolate structural components of community dynamics
Daniel Armanios, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Moderator: N.N.
15:45 – 16:00 BREAK
16:00 – 17:30 PARALLEL SESSIONS in Breakout Rooms 1-5 (live in virtual format)
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ROOM 1: Science careers in interorganizational and international collaborations

o Gender and organizations in contemporary knowledge communities
Laurel Smith-Doerr, Professor, Institute of Social Science Research, U Massachusetts Amherst, USA
o Advancing academic careers through international collaborations
Kathrin Zippel, Professor, College for Social Science and Humanities, Northeastern U, USA
o Understanding career pathways and professional preparations of PhD holders
Mangala Srinivas, Assistant Professor Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen and Chair of Young Academy Europe,
o GENERA Network for gender equality in physics
Thomas Berghöfer, Senior Scientist, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and Coordinator of GENERA Network, Germany

Moderator: N.N 

ROOM 2: Science and engineering in digital space

o Defining, measuring, and efficiently mitigating the (un)fairness of a decision-making process regarding people from different sensitive groups
Isabel Valera, Professor the Department of Computer Science of Saarland University, Saarbrücken Group Leader at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen
o Impact of COVID-19 on women in engineering and technology: Results of a Survey
Roberta Rincon, Senior Manager, Research, Society of Women Engineers
o Gender inclusivity in engineering education
Sally Male, Professor and Chair in Engineering Education, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, U Western Australia
o Disruptive engineering education
Şirin Tekinay, Professor and Dean of Engineering, American University of Sharjah

Moderator: N.N.

ROOM 3: Risks of re-emergence of gender stereotypes

o Gender Differences in Tertiary Education: What explains STEM Participation?
Sandra McNally, Professor, U Surrey, UK
o The conceptual framework for the Female Achievement Index and Female Disadvantage Index
Eleni Papadimitriou, Senior Policy Analyst, European Commission, DG JRC
o A Digital helping hand? The Sociotechnical imaginaries of campus sexual assault and data in reporting technologies
Kate J. Sim, DPhil Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute, U Oxford
o Confronting stereotypes by strategically investigating intersectionality
Isabelle Caron, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie U, Canada

Moderator: N.N

ROOM 4: Questions for research: what we need to know about violence against women and femicide

o The Collaborative on preventing sexual harassment in Higher Education
Frazier Benya, National Academies of Science, USA
o What do we (need to) know about different types of sexual perpetrators?
Gunda Wössner, Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law
o Countering gender backlash. Monitoring the implementation of Council of Europe Convention
Marceline Naudi, President of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)
o Combating gender-based violence: Cyber violence
Evelyn Regner, Chair of the Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Committee (FEMM), European Parliament

Moderator: N.N.

ROOM 5: Effect of the corona crisis on societal relevance of STEM

o Health-protective behaviour, social media usage and conspiracy belief during the COVID-19
Daniel Allington, Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence, Kings College London,
o The COVID experience and impact on science in Brazil
Maria Zaira Turchi, Director, Departamento de Infraestrutura de Pesquisa e Políticas de Formação e Educação em Ciência, Brazil
o Innovative new biosocial research as a resource for developing methods and theories for the study of sex/gender
Sarah Richardson, Professor and Director of Gendersci.lab, Harvard U
o COVID-related gender and digital inequality issues in South Africa’s universities
Jonathan Jansen, Professor and President of Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) and Cyrill Walters, Postdoctoral Fellow in Higher Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Moderator: N.N 

16 April 2021

09:00 – 10:15 PLENARY SESSION 4: Round Table (live in virtual)
Board Members Jury
Advancing collective action to integrate gender equality and intersectionality criteria into organisational excellence standards
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  This session asks how senior leaders and executives in science institutions and knowledge systems can co-operate to advance shared bias-free criteria for assessment of organisational excellence in processes and practices.

Members of the Jury
o Alexander Kurz, Vice President, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
o Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
o Ulman Lindenberger, Vice President of Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
o Leibniz Association
o Helmholtz Association

10:15 – 10:30 Keynote: The transforming power of science publishers. How Elsevier has taken up the ‘quo vadis’ challenge
Kumsal Byazit, CEO, Elsevier
10:30 – 11:00 BREAK
11:00 – 12:30 PLENARY SESSION 5 (live in virtual format)
Recognising the movers and shakers of institutional change in Science. What has changed after former Gender Summit events?
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  This session will focus and compare national policy contexts and conditions underpinning the drive to improve gender equality and diversity in scientific endeavours and enable to sustainable change.

o Marcelis Boereboom, Director General, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands
o Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, Director, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health
o Heisook Lee, Director, Gendered Innovation in Science and Technology Research, Republic of Korea
o Miyoko O. Watanabe, Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST); Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusiveness, JST, Japan; Chair, Gender Summit 10 Asia-Pacific, Japan Science Technology Agency

Moderator: N.N.
12:30 – 13:30 BREAK
13:30 – 15:00 PLENARY SESSION 6: Round Table
Academic freedom and the dimension of gender, diversity, inclusion
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This session will ask how fundamental is the autonomy of science and scholarship for the quality of research – and is there a gender dimension? What does it take to ensure and guarantee scientific freedom – with a gender dimension? Could the discourses on academic freedom and gender be linked to further both causes?

o Towards non-biased exploration of human values and freedom
Nil Mutluer, Einstein Foundation Scholar Berlin, Philipp Schwartz Scholar, Diversity and Gender Studies
o Media, extremism, and free expression
Katrin Kinzelbach, Professor of Human Rights and Initiator of Academic Freedom Index, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
o Assessment of academic freedom worldwide
Robert Quinn, Director, Scholars at Risk Network.
o Threats to academic freedom and autonomy of higher education institutions in Europe: Action at the Council of Europe
Terence Karran, Professor, Lincoln University, UK


15:00 – 15:15 BREAK
15:15 – 16:45 PLENARY SESSION 7 (live in virtual format)
Reaching out from science to society: creating evidence driven policy ecosystems for equality, diversity and inclusion
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  This session asks the question how can gender, diversity, inclusion in science and scholarship contribute to a more effective policies for tackling societal challenges. How can science help different institutions, publicly funded agencies and Civil Society organisations harmonise their response to societal inequalities, disruptions, and emergencies. How to measure gender equality policy effectiveness at institutional level.

o Indicators and policy contexts of She Figures 2021
Mina Stareva, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG RTD, Europe
o Impact of COVID-19 on gender inequality
Jutta Allmendinger, President, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
o Citizen Science: challenges and opportunities for the science-society interface
Uta Wehn, Professor and acting Chair of the Knowledge & Capacity Development Group at IHE Delft, Netherlands
o Integrating gender and social equity considerations into energy transitions research
Oliver Johnson, Head of Climate, Energy and Society Unit Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden

Moderator: N.N. 
16:45 – 17:30 PLENARY 8 (live in virtual format)
Working conditions for researchers: research institutions as good employers - a German and EU perspective
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  Fraunhofer: Working conditions for researchers: research institutions as good employers - a German and EU perspective
Max Planck: Survey on work culture and work atmosphere
Acatech: Prize for Early Stage Women Researcher: recognizing research excellence potential
Elizabeth Pollitzer and Martina Schraudner