Message from the hosts:
From November 6 to 8, 2017, more than 675 advocates of gender equality from science, innovation and development participated in the Gender Summit 11 North America, held in Montréal, Canada. It was a great honour for Canada to welcome the Summit and all of its participants for the first time. Those present had the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions under the overarching theme of “Embracing pluralism and thriving through diversity – shaping science and innovation” and also had the unique opportunity of participating in Canada’s 150th and the city of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.
The Gender Summit 11 North America 2017 was co-hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Fonds de recherche du Québec, in collaboration with Portia Ltd from the UK.
Toward a New Normal
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as Integral to Research and Innovation Excellence: Models for Success
The goal of NSERC, the Fonds de recherche du Québec, Portia Ltd. and other co-organizers of Gender Summit 11
North America (GS11NA) in publicizing the Gender Summit 11 Declaration and the report is to encourage commitment to progress and engagement in implementing equity, diversity, and inclusion actions. As concrete outputs of GS11NA, these documents are designed as tools to promote the objectives of building better science knowledge and better research and innovation practice, and to influence research-related policy design and implementation.
Call for Concerted Action
Making commitments is one thing. However, these commitments must be integrated into practices, and used to define, identify and measure success. Here are some recommendations:
1. Make the Gender Summit 11 Declaration list of actions your own and prominently publish your commitment to these actions, including timelines for their adoption.
2. Integrate the actions into your vision, mission, objectives, strategies, communications, leadership, training and mentoring activities.
3. Publish on a regular basis an update or an assessment of progress achieved.
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