Director, Portia Ltd, UK, Europe

Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD is founder and Director of Portia, an organization devoted to improving gender equality in STEM and advancing the understanding of the gender dimension in STEM.  She has 20 years’ experience teaching and researching in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, University of London. Her original training was in Biophysics. She now applies this scientific background to promoting effective strategies for gender equality in STEM.  She is expert adviser on gender issues to the European Commission.

Dr. Pollitzer chaired the session on Career-life balance at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA), an area she has extensive knowledge and experience of through the many different schemes that she helped design and implement, in particular to enable women trained in STEM to return to STEM after a family oriented career break.


Professor, University of Tromsø, Norway, and Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), Netherlands.

Curt Rice is a professor at the University of Tromsø and is currently a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), where he is writing a book on gender bias. He has just completed a term as Pro Rector for Research. Prior to 2009, he was the Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics: A Norwegian Centre of Excellence (CASTL). He represents the academic staff on the University of Tromsø Board, he is Chair of the Board of Current Research Information Systems in Norway, and he is a member of the Research Council of Norway's Program Board for increasing gender balance in research leadership positions. 

Professor Rice spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on leadership in universities and what is required of science leaders in the collective work environments whose success depends on the supply and nurturing of talent. Why science needs women leaders and how universities can get more women professors?  How should scientists be prepared for leadership positions?



Director General, Directorate General Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Europe

Dominique Ristori has been working in the European Commission since 1978 where he has held several positions. Prior to his current position, he was Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Energy, in charge of nuclear energy policy, in particular the development of the EU legal framework and international relations (2006 – 2010).  Whilst Director in charge of General Affairs and Resources at Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, he was responsible for inter-institutional relations; enlargement and international relations; coordination of energy and transport research; internal market, state aids, infringements and public service obligations; passengers' and users' rights; central management of human and budgetary resources (2000 - 2006). Between 1996 and 1999, he was Director in charge of European Energy Policy at Directorate-General for Energy.  In the period of 1990 – 1996 D. Ristori was in charge of transnational cooperation between SMEs at the Directorate-General for Enterprise policy. D. Ristori graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (1975).

In a video presentation at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA), the Director General of Joint Research Centre of the European Commission presented the directions taken by the European Union in the implementation of legal and policy initiatives and incentives related to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers, addressing gender imbalances in decision making processes, and integrating the gender dimension in research programmes.


schiebingerJohn L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, Stanford University and Director, Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment project, USA.

Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University and Director of the Gendered Innovations project. From 2004-2010, Schiebinger served as the Director of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Over the past thirty years, her scholarship has analyzed the history of women's participation in science, the structure of scientific institutions, and the gendering of human knowledge.

Professor Schiebinger discussed Gendered Innovations: Tools of Sex and Gender Analysis for Research, a large collaborative project involving the US, Europe, and Canada, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). This project provides scientists and engineers with practical methods for sex and gender analysis, and develops case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to new knowledge and innovation. Integrating gender analysis into basic and applied research ensures excellence in science and engineering research, policy, and practice. Gendered Innovations harnesses the creative power of gender analysis to discover new things.

Velezquez Gutierrez

Director of the Regional Center for Multidisciplinary Research (CRIM) of National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico  

Margarita Velazquez attended the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Xochimilco and studied social psychology. She has a PhD in Social Sciences from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of London.  The topic of her thesis was Social Sustainability‬: ‪Gender and Household Relations in Two Forestry Communities in Quintana Roo, Mexico‬. She is a full time researcher at the National University in Mexico working on issues related with gender, development and sustainability. She is a consultant on gender and social development issues for various governmental and non-governmental agencies.  ‪ ‬‬ 

Professor Velazquez spoke about gender issues and climate change from the perspective of communities and women in Mexico, as well as new directions in understanding gender issues when considering changes needed when seeking sustainability solutions, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).