GS9 Programme

Gender-based research, innovation and development for sustainable economies and societal wellbeing. Brussels, 8-9 Nov 2016

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8 Nov 2016, European Parliament

Paul-Henri Spaak Building, Room: Hemicycle

07:30 - 08:30
Paul-Henri Spaak Building

Arrivals and registration 

08:30 - 10:15

This session will start at 9:00, please take your seats by 8:30 for security reasons.

Plenary: Role of policy in achieving societal well-being through science and technology

Research and innovation are perceived by many policy makers around the world today as holding the key to improving socio-economic and environmental conditions for all. Although policies to achieve gender equality in society have been promoted for some time now, they have not been integrated into the STEM policy frameworks. In this session, leading policy experts discuss the synergies and benefits of aligning these two areas more closely.

Chair: Iratxe Garćia Pérez, Chair, European Parliament Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)

B. Mario Pinto, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada

10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:45

Plenary: Tackling gender inequalities in Health

The importance of improving the health of a population, and health standards, is universally recognized as essential to socioeconomic well-being of individuals and societies. In this session leading experts will compare the health status of women and men across the globe; show evidence of gender differences in disease trends, including mental health and illness, and explain why health policies must target gender disparities in healthcare.

Chair: Beatriz Becerra, Rapporteur, European Parliament Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)

Dr Beverley A. Damonse, Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations, National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF)

11:45 - 12:30

Plenary: Gender Summit - global policy impact

Since it was created in Europe in 2011, the Gender Summit has evolved into a global platform were scientific evidence is examined and good practice is shared to reach consensus on when and how gender issues impact on quality of science knowledge, practice and institutions, and where improvements are needed. The purpose of this session is for the GS partners who are leading the work done in different regions to report on the progress made so far, and in the impacts hoped for in the future.

Chair: Elissavet Vozmerg-Vrionidi, Member, European Parliament Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia Ltd, UK; Gender Summit co-founder

8 Nov 2016, BEL Brussels
12:30 - 13:30 Transfer to BEL Brussels
13:00 - 14:15
Arrivals, registration, lunch 
14:15 - 15:50

Plenary: Improving quality of STEM gender equality indicators

Gender indicators provide a way of measuring change and there are many that have been developed already. But we need to agree what kind of inators are best; what should be measured; what principles to adopt when making these decisions; how to adapt the collection and analysis of data to specific national, field or science system contexts; and how to calibrate data collection and analysis methods to enable systematic comparisons to be made between gender equality situations in research, innovation and socio-economic development.

Chair: Prof Jacques Mairesse, Professor, Maastricht University, Netherlands

15:50 - 16:10
16:10 - 17:35

Plenary: Social impact and responsibility of science and science policy

This session goes beyond a scientist's professional responsibility to protect science and society from misconduct in scientific research. Knowledge has to be reliable according to agreed scientific criteria but it also should be relevant and robust according to societal impact criteria one of which is to ensure equality of outcomes for women and men. The focus here is on societal context of science knowledge making, and how science policy can promote mission-driven applications of science knowledge and demonstrate societal benefits of science endeavours.

Chair: Prof Mieke Verloo, Professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues, Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

17:35 - 18:20
Plenary: NordForsk Centres of Excellence

Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE) is NordForsk’s most important funding instrument to increase and facilitate cooperation between excellent researchers, researcher groups or institutions in the Nordic countries. This session will showcase some of the NCoE’s work on gender and science.

Chair: Dr Lotta Strandberg, Senior Adviser, NordForsk

18:20 - 20:00
Reception, Poster presentations (18:30 - 19:00, Posters 1-11)
9 Nov 2016, BEL Brussels
08:30 - 09:00

Arrivals and coffee

Please make sure you bring your badge with you on both days.

09:00 - 10:50

Plenary: Strategic priorities for regional STEM gender equality policy

The European Commission has adopted gender mainstreaming as the strategy to achieve gender equality, often interpreted as ensuring equal opportunities for women and men. In relation to science - and post ETAN report - the main focus has been on the position of women in science. But, Horizon 2020 has expanded the role of gender mainstreaming to include also science knowledge, science practice, and institutional structures. Speakers in this session will reflect on the strategies and interventions adopted in their countries and the role that historical, cultural and operational differences in the way science systems are structured and function have influenced policy priorities and actions.

Chair: Prof Martina Schraudner, Head of Department, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Technical University Berlin, and Director of Centre for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI), Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany

10:50 - 11:10
11:10 - 12:40

Plenary: Developing and implementing gender equality measures for fair advancement in STEM careers

During the last few years, many research performing and funding organisations have responded to the evidence of gender bias in institutional practices and processes, and to the calls for action to promote equal opportunities and terms for women and men to enter STEM fields and succeed in their science career aspirations. Speakers in this session will reflect on the accumulating experience of delivering institutional change; discuss common gaps and problems in implementing gender equality plans, as well as any contextual issues that influence outcomes.

Chair: Prof Mari Teigen, Research professor, Head of CORE – Centre for research on gender equality, The Institute for Social Research, Norway

12:40 - 13:40

Lunch, Posters (13:00 - 13:30 Posters 12-22)
13:40 - 15:00
See session for room

Parallel sessions 1


Parallel 1A: Integrating sex and gender in research and researcher training (selected abstracts)

This session examines the role of sex, gender and environment as independent and co-joint determinants of research and innovation outcomes. The discussion will reflect on how sex-gender analysis should be integrated into research process, and into researcher training.

Chair: Prof Lars Warngord, Director Planning and Process Development, Forte, Sweden


Parallel 1B: Transforming organizational structures, practices, and working conditions in a systematic way (selected abstracts)

This session examines and compares strengths and weaknesses of system-level methods and approaches to removing barriers to gender equality, and identifies key conditions for creating supportive working environments.

Chair: Dr Rachel Palmén, Researcher, notus applied social research/FGB, Spain


Parallel 1C: Communicating gender to inform policy and change societal attitudes (selected abstracts)

This session focuses on how to communicate research evidence to inform and enlighten policy makers and the wider public about gender issues in STEM and demonstrate the benefits of gender equality actions for science, innovation and development.

Chair: Prof Maryse Lassonde, President, Royal Society of Canada; Director, Quebec Natural Sciences and Technology Granting Agency, Canada

15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
See session for room
Parallel sessions 2

Parallel 2A: Developing and testing gender equality plans and interventions for structural change in research performing organisations

This session focuses on the achievements of EU-funded projects in advancing gender equality in STEM institutions by promoting measures leading to structural change, and in particular the use of Gender Equality Plans

Chair: Dr Claartje Vinkenburg, Associate Professor, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands


Parallel 2B: Interventions to improve participation, retention, and leadership

This session reports on the current status and experience of the actions taken by different institutions to improve women's participation in STEM fields, at each level, and tackle sources of inequalities that prevent women from succeeding in STEM careers on the same terms as men.

Chair: Dr Jörg Müller, Senior researcher, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3); Coordinator, GenPORT, Spain.


Parallel 2C: Framework for international collaboration to improve institutions and accelerate change

This session will discuss the power of sharing narratives around successes and failures of practices aimed at improving gender equity in STEM and public life. It will also examine initiatives that address inclusivity of indigenous peoples, and other underrepresented groups, to speed up adoption of equality programming in all parts of the world.


Parallel 2D: Connecting gender science and sustainable development

The next decades will be marked by many important policy initiatives, such as the SDGs, the Horizon 2020 and others. This session will show the importance of connecting science, gender and development issues in global and/or international policy agendas. The speakers will report on their experience of working with science policy at different levels and regions and bringing a gender perspective into their work.

Chair: Prof Alice AbreuDirector, GenderInSITE; Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil

GS9Eu selected Posters
  1. pdf Closing Leadership Gender Gap in Research, Industry and Business
    Dr Giovanna Avellis, Marie Curie Alumni Association
  2. pdf RoboCamp - K12 Computer Science Program for Girls
    Simona Baciu, Transylvania College, Romania
  3. pdf Developing a Platform for Gender Equity in a Faculty of Science
    Dr Virginia Braun, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  4. pdf Gender Aspects of the H2020 Project CABRISS
    Prof Werner Brenner, Technische Universitaet Wien, Austria
  5. A sex approach on lipid and cholesterol oxidation research in lamb meat
    Dr Vladimiro Cardenia, Alma Mater Studiorum - Universitá di Bologna, Italy
  6. Women's synergistic collaboration in interdisciplinary STEM
    Yun Cho, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  7. pdf Research careers in times of crisis and new managerialism
    Ester Conesa, IN3, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  8. pdf Millennia2025 She4Innovation
    Marie-Anne Delahaut, Millennia2025 Women and Innovation Foundation, PUF, Belgium
  9. Women in Academia: Between Fulfillment and Compromise
    Prof Rachel Erhard, Tel-Aviv University, USA
  10. pdf In what way can the Government work to promote gender balance and diversity in research?
    Heidi Holt Zachariassen, Committee for gender balance and diversity in research, Kif
  11. Gender-aligned sustainable urban mobility: A mixed methods approach
    Ines Kawgan-Kagan, Technical University Berlin, Institute of Land and Sea Transport, Germany
  12. Facilitated modeling to increase gender knowledge of academic leadership
    Monic Lansu, Radboud University, Netherlands
  13. pdf Women in Public Life
    Amy Kordiak, European Lead, Chwarae Teg/Fair Play, Wales, UK
  14. pdf How to Implement Gender in Research: Approaches at an Engineering Faculties in Austria
    Dr Bente Knoll, B-NK GmbH Consultancy for Sustainable Competence, Austria
  15. pdf Scaling Research Results and Leaving No One Behind: The Case of including Gender along the Pathway to Scale
    Andréanne Martel, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
  16. pdf The impact of Women Writing Weeks in Research Performance
    Dr Maria Teresa Nuńo Angos, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain
  17. pdf Gender and Science Policy Briefs: "From Where to Start" to "How to Innovate"
    Dr Rachel Palmén, Researcher, notus applied social research/FGB, Spain
  18. Residential Area and Category of Women Leaders in Education in India and Job Satisfaction
    H.B. Patel, Grow More College of Education, Himatnagar, Gujarat, India
  19. Gender Equality and career Progression of Indian Women in IT sector: women's Views and perspectives
    Aishwarya Patil, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  20. pdf Gender Differences in Mendeley Readership Altmetrics
    Aida Pooladian, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  21. Gender lens analysis: Peace building roles in Naga Armed Movement
    Theimipei Raleng, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  22. Questioning the male-mover / female-follower model of academic mobility patterns
    Marie Sautier, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  23. Women in the Carbon Chain: Village monitors in rural Rajasthan facilitating environment mitigation
    Reetika Revathy Subramanian, University of Cambridge, UK
  24. Gender, Medical Regulation and Policy
    Dr Abigail Tazzyman, University of Manchester, UK
  25. pdf Improving gender-role attitudes of Japanese physicians in academic hospitals 
    Dr Miyoko Watanabe, Deputy Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST); Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, JST, Japan
  26. Beyond dimorphism: Intersex persons and a non-binary conceptualization of sex-gender
    Prof Renata Zieminska, University of Szczecin, Poland

Programme subject to change