Gendered interactions between diversity and quality in research.
Science knowledge for equitable and just future
28 & 31st October and 1st November 2022
Live event in VIRTUAL conference format with some pre-recorded sessions delivered on the Meetyoo platform
ALL SESSION TIMINGS ARE IN CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME (CET)
- 28th October: Coordinating development of equity, diversity, and inclusion indicators in science system – an afternoon session led by Elsevier, hosted on Zoom as a virtual event
- 31st October: Integrating gender and diversity dimensions in research and innovation – virtual event hosted on the Meetyoo platform, with plenary and parallel sessions and an Exhibition
- 1st November: Advancing participatory and collaborative science knowledge-making - virtual event hosted on the Meetyoo platform, with plenary and parallel sessions and an Exhibition
28th October 15:15 – 17:00
Coordinating development of equity, diversity, and inclusion indicators in science system
(Zoom virtual session, led by Elsevier)
Data on diversity can ensure that certain groups become statistically visible and, also help expose potential discrimination and inequalities. The common challenges in collecting data on diversity include: the legal treatment of ‘sensitive’ data and concerns around privacy; the use of different data sources for different policy purposes; and issues of comparability over time since identities are dynamic and multiple constructs. This session highlights new attempts by key actors in research and innovation ecosystem to conceptualise diversity and inclusion in the context of science system processes and practices. The aim is to help harmonise definitions, collections, and interpretations of data.
- Joint commitment on inclusion and diversity in publishing, Tom Welton Professor of Sustainable Chemistry, Imperial College, UK
- Developing gender, ethnicity and race questions for self-reporting of diversity data, Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Co-chair, Gender Equity Taskforce and Vice President, Research Intelligence, Elsevier
- A policy framework for sex, gender, and diversity analysis in research for national funding agencies, Lilian Hunt, EDIS Lead, Wellcome
- Advancing gender dimensions of innovation at the European Innovation Council, Elena Martines, Senior Policy Adviser, European Innovation Council
Moderator: Ylann Schemm, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Elsevier and Director of Elsevier Foundation
31st October, 9:00 – 17:15
Integrating gender dimensions in R&I
|09:00–09:15||Keynote 1 Gender budgeting In the EU as a mechanism to advance gender equality in R&I
This session will introduce the latest policy developments in mainstreaming gender into EU budget with particular focus on the challenges, opportunities, and progress in using gender budgeting as a mechanism for achieving the EU gender equality ambitions and make advancements in science through Horizon Europe.
Bernhard Windisch, Head of Unit, Budget Performance & Policy Mainstreaming, European Commission
|09:20–10:50||PLENARY 1: New directions in integrating dimensions of equity, diversity, and inclusion in research content
Historically, researchers assumed that what they learned about (White) male could be safely applied to anybody, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or other variables. But people of different races and ethnicities often grow up in different environments and cultures that may create inequities in health and socio-economic status. To reduce these disparities, we need to understand the mechanisms underlying them and ensure that scientific research must include those groups that have historically been excluded or underrepresented.
|10:50–11:10||BREAK & Exhibition|
|11:10–12:40||PLENARY 2: Benefits of integrating sex-gender analysis into research in emerging fields
Much progress has been made in recent years to demonstrate the importance of sex-gender differences in life sciences and health research. The aim of this session is to consider the relevance of sex/gender dimensions in a wider range of research contexts where basic biological processes might be underpinning the quality of research or its applications.
|12:40–12:55||KEYNOTE 2 Laura Hassink,Managing Director for STM Journals, Elsevier, USA
Introduced by Ylann Schemm,Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Elsevier and Elsevier Foundation, NL
This session will reveal the important influence of science publishers in advancing women scientists as authors, reviewers, editors, and leaders and will demonstrate the wide range of activities that Elsevier is pursuing to advance women scientists and promote gender-sensitive research
|12:55–13:30||BREAK & Exhibition|
|13:30–15:00||PLENARY 3 Bias and discriminations in digital automated decision systems
This session is a response to the EU call for the creation of an ‘ecosystem of trust’ to ensure that ‘European AI is grounded in the EU values and fundamental rights’ among which the right to equality and non-discrimination is central. Different algorithmic technologies pose different types of challenges for gender equality and non-discrimination law, it is important to differentiate between the various types and the specific issues they pose.
|15:00–16:45||Parallel Sessions & Exhibition|
PARALLEL 1: The Horizon Europe INSPIRE project
Lead: Rachel Palmén & Jörg Müller, Senior Researchers, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Barcelona, ES
PARALLEL 2: Pathways to gender equity in research capacity building: case study of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa
Moderator: Florah Karimi, CARTA Program Manager
PARALLEL 3: Falling Walls Female Talent Scheme. Advancing Early Career Stage women researchers
Moderator Ruth Morgan, Professor, Vice Dean Faculty of Engineering, UCL, Director Centre for Forensic Sciences, UCL
PARALLEL 4: New understanding of diversity and discrimination in research institutions
This session we will introduce the newly published book „Diversity and Discrimination in Research Organizations“ and provide insights into two case studies of it: work-life reconciliation in Vietnam and sexism in German academia. In the following discussion , we want to explore with the participants how current European research policy seeks to create a better work climate and, most importantly, what consequences systemic discrimination has on academic capacity to produce excellent research.
Moderator: Lidia Borrell-Damián, Secretary General, Science Europe, Belgium
1st November 9:00 – 16:30
Co-designing and Co-creating the Future
|09:00–09:15|| KEYNOTE 3 Women as strategic actors in innovative and transfer-oriented research for everyday life
Martina Schraudner, Professor and Chair for Gender and Diversity in Technology and Product Development at the Technical University of Berlin (TUB), and Scientific director of the Center for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), DE
|09:15–10:45||PLENARY 4. Shaping the future by asking the right research questions
There are many global problems that science can help understand and solve which require further research and understanding. Scientists are increasingly crossing the boundaries of the professional system by involving the general public directly in their research. However, this crowd involvement has tended to be confined to empirical work. This session examines how the public can be also involved in conceptual stages such as formulating the questions that research is trying to address.
|10:45–11:00||BREAK & Exhibition|
|11:00–12:30|| PLENARY 5 Structural transformations for gender equality among key actors in research ecosystem
Research quality and researcher excellence are at the heart of the mission of several key actors in the science systems, who both shape and define what is best science, and in particular: RPOs, RFOs, science policy makers, science publishers, and academies representing society as potential user of science knowledge. Their shared concern over quality of research creates an opportunity to leverage how EDI is integrated into practice at institutional and system levels.
|12:30–12:45|| KEYNOTE 4 “Science for whom? Public funding for global climate change and energy research.”
Benjamin K. Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), U Sussex, Director of the Sussex Energy Group, UK, and Distinguished Professor of Business & Social Sciences, Aarhus U, DK.
|12:45–13:15||BREAK and Exhibition|
|13:15–14:45|| PLENARY 6 Challenging the frameworks of normality in science knowledge systems
Knowledge systems include the practices, routines, structures, mindsets, values, and cultures affecting what and how knowledge is produced and used, and by whom. Formalised knowledge systems are closely intertwined with society, economies and cultures and are integral to shaping the way societies develop, function, and mobilise resources. This session will ask what is needed to ensure that formalised knowledge does not reinforce current patterns of thinking and action, limiting ability of societies to develop capacities for more creative responses to challenges like climate change and energy transitions.
|14:45–15:00||Keynote 5 Gertraud Stadler,Professor, Gender-sensitive Prevention Research, Director, Institute for Gender Medicine, Charité, DE
This session will celebrate the progress made in advancing gender research in medicine to improve health, quality of life and well-being and raise awareness how research with a gender and diversity sensitive approach has been promoted through innovative teaching.
| PARALLEL 5 Transition pathways to equitable, just and sustainable energy systems: Reflections from the Advisory Board to the new Horizon Europe gEneSys project
This session will consider the approach needed to respond to the Group of the Chief Scientific Advisers to the European Union recommendation that “the transition to carbon-neutrality must be just and fair”. The Regulation (EU) 2021/1056 on Just Transition Mechanism states that “in order to be successful and socially acceptable for all, the transition has to be fair and inclusive” and all possible mechanisms should be deployed to mitigate adverse consequences. The European Green Deal’s just transition principle has mostly taken a narrow focus, e.g., by seeking to open-up pathways into a clean energy future for – mostly male – workers in the old fossil fuel sectors. This session introduces the gEneSys project, which will start in the spring of 2023 with the aim to address these issues, through the perspectives of the project's Advisory Board members.
| PARALLEL 6 Global Femicide: Round Table Discussion
In the light of the UN SDG Agenda 2030, can societal wellbeing and women’s safety exist if femicide continues to be ignored?
Lead and moderator Shalva Weil, Senior Researcher, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Director of the Israel Observatory on Femicide
| PARALLEL 7 Gender and sustainable mobility
There is no doubt that the transport sector is far from gender neutral, a failing which brings real costs in terms of missed opportunities to draw upon talent & to reflect properly the mobility needs of 50% of the world’s population. As the SUM4ALL Global Roadmap of Action (GRA) identified very clearly, the position of women as passengers, decision-makers and workers in the transport sector is very far from ideal. With women as greater users of shared mobility solutions, this can mean that the impact of the policy measures and frameworks which are being put in place for sustainable mobility solutions is diminished. That is why SUM4All’s gender working group is working on practical policy ideas and initiatives to ensure a proper gender balance in all aspects of mobility. From improving data collection to considering how to make the sector a more attractive employment option for women, many in the group are working hard to find solutions and this session will see some of those ideas shared for discussion.
Moderator Sheila Watson, Deputy Director, FIA Foundation
|PARALLEL 8 The power of GEPs: Learning from Physics how to implement GEPs
This session will share the experience and the lessons learned in implementing GEPs in Physics research performing and funding institutions as part of the H2020 GENERA project, and then developing best practice through the GENERA-Network, which facilitates collaboration among physics research institutions to achieve gender equality in the field.
Moderator: Thomas Berghöfer, Senior researcher, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) and Coordinator of the GENERA Network
|16:30–16:40||Closing of GS22|