Diversity and Gender in Science: Enhancing the Value of Research and Innovation
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|Day 1, 28 August 2019|
|8:00 – 8:30
|8:30 – 8:35||Bringing the Gender Summit-Asia Pacific platform to Singapore
Vandana RAMACHANDRAN, Director, Research Affairs & Administration, Singapore Eye Research Institute
Lakshmi RAMACHANDRAN, Programme Manager, Cancer ImmunoTherapy Imaging, Duke-NUS Medical School
|8:35 – 8:40||Why are we here: Transforming gender issues into opportunities
Elizabeth POLLITZER, Director, Portia
|8:45 – 9:05||Keynote 1
Meeting societal challenges by creating a diverse research and innovation environment
Speaker: CHAN Lai Fung, Chairman Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR), and Permanent Secretary National Research and Development
|9:05 – 9:25||Keynote 2
Digitalisation of societies and economies for a fairer and more sustainable future
Subra SURESH President, Nanyang Technological University
|9:25–10:45||Plenary Panel 1
Strategies to maximise impact of gender equality policy programmes in science, and beyond
This session will discuss recent and emerging policy efforts to improve gender balance in science participation and decision making, as well as promote gender sensitive research for greater societal relevance. The context are: international cooperation on STI for global societal challenges, open and inclusive innovation, developing and connecting scientific talent, and multi-stakeholder and multilateral collaborations.
Chair: Zee UPTON, Executive Director, Institute of Medical Biology, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR); Research leader in Skin Integrity, Repair & Regeneration Theme, Skin Research Institute of Singapore (SRIS)
|10:45 – 11:00||Break – refreshments, posters, networking|
|11:00 –11:20||Plenary; Keynote 3
The ‘disruptive’ innovation power of new science institutions: transforming the status quo
Curt RICE, President, Oslo Metropolitan University and Head of Norway's Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research
|11:20–12:50||Plenary Panel 2
STI interinstitutional and international cooperation relationships as mechanisms for implementing shared gender equality policy objectives
This session will discuss successful, and still needed, national and international policy intervention measures, and best practices, to improve the conditions enabling women to more fully and more effectively participate in, and benefit from, science research and innovation. Topics include: role of research funders; applying gender budgeting to science resources; making impact through multilateral actions; internationalisation of scientific workforce; digitalisation of science and society.
Chair: Rita BISSOONAUTH, Head of the African Union International Centre for Girls and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA), Burkina Faso
|12:50–13:45||LUNCH, networking, poster exhibition|
|13:45–14:15||Plenary; Keynote 4
Gender perspective on vaccine design and delivery: how understanding basic biology of sex differences can improve public health response to infectious diseases
Sabra L. KLEIN Professor John Hopkins University, the Vaccine Initiative, USA
|14:15–15:45||Plenary Panel 3
Sex, gender, and diversity as dimensions of quality in health research and outcomes
This session will present new scientific understanding of when, why and how biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) factors influence health research results and quality of outcomes. Topics will include: integrating sex/gender as research variables; biological diversity in human diseases; nutritional genomics and food security; gender sensitive medical diagnostics
Chair: Kanwaljit SOIN, Consultant orthopaedic and hand surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore
|16:00–17:20||Plenary Panel 4
Equitable Technological Future: Women scientists in Asia-Pacific at the forefront of technological transformation for sustainable future
This session introduces women scientists from across the Asia Pacific region who are driving future-changing research and innovation to produce essential building blocks for sustainable technological solutions to global challenges.
Chair: Reshmi Rajendran, Director, Precision Nutrition D-lab, Danone, Singapore
|17:20|| END OF DAY ONE
|Day 2, 29 August 2019|
|8:00 – 9:00
||ARRIVALS, Coffee/tea and poster presentations
|9:00–9:20||Plenary; Keynote 5
Science for sustainable society and well-being for all
Michinari HAMAGUCHI, President, Japan Science and Technology Agency
|9:20–10:15||Plenary Panel 5
Women in STEM leadership, and as career role models
This session is a conversation between excellent women scientists and research leaders who are creating new relationships between society and scientific and technological advances for a better and more sustainable future.
Chair: Curt RICE. President, Oslo Metropolitan Univeristy, Norway.
|10:15–15:30||Break, refreshments, networking, posters|
|10:30–12:00||Plenary Panel 6
New practical approaches and mechanisms to advance systematic progress towards gender quality in STI
This session will focus on the opportunities, approaches and mechanisms to implement gender equality policies in STI. The context will be the resources and practices already developed, those that are on the way or are emerging as a result of fresh policy aspirations, commitments, and agendas. The context are: scientific publishing; evidence based guidelines; national and global policy challenges; consensus for systemic change.
Chair: Tazeen JAFAR, Professor, Health Services & Systems Research Programme, Dukes NUS Singapore and Agha Khan University
|13:00–14:30||Plenary Session 7
Creating inclusive and supportive academic cultures through impactful gender equality interventions
This session examines gender and diversity issues in the working conditions of researchers. Topics include role of science academies, how to close gaps between scientists and decision makers, barriers to the advancement of women in STEM leadership in developing countries, advancing best practice for research funders in a global landscape.
Chair: Sonja OCHSENFELD-REPP, Head of Division Equal Opportunities, Research Integrity and Cross-Programme Development, DFG, Germany
|14:30–15:00||Break, refreshments, networking, posters|
|15:00–16:15||Parrallel Session 1
Needs and opportunities to advance research capacity in developing countries through gender equality interventions
|15:00–16:15||Parallel Session 2
Gender and AI: developing and deploying talent - fairly and effectively
This session will focus on the potential of AI to improve the processes and practices used by universities and industry to develop and deploy talent, for instance by helping to create and deliver more flexible and dynamic curriculum and training methods that can respond to changing techno-socio-economic conditions, transforming working methods and workplaces, future-proofing career pathways, enabling women and men to continue developing professionally but also have time to enjoy life.
Chair: Anders KARLSSON, Elsevier
Stefan WINKLER, Senior Deputy Director, AI Singapore and Associate Professor, National University Singapore
Min CHEN, VP and CTO, LexisNexis
Ylann SCHEMM, Director, Elsevier Foundation
Siddarth SOMASUNDARAN, Director X0PA, Singapore
|15:00–16:15||Parallel Session 3
Perceptions and indicators of gender equality in academic careers and institutions
This session reports on recent studies of factors influencing career decisions and progress in university scientific environments
Chair: Misha BAUDISCH-MCCABE, Manager, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Rwanda
|16:15–16:30||Break and transfer to the plenary room|
|16:30–17:00||Pleanary Panel 8
Creating BRIDGE to Equitable and Sustainable Future in Asia Pacific.
Chair: Elizabeth POLLITZER, Director, Portia, UK
|17:15–17:30||Presentation of Gender Summit Trophy and the Launch of the Coalitions of Women in Science groups
Closing Remarks: Zee UPTON, Executive Director, Institute of Medical Biology, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR);Research leader in Skin Integrity, Repair & Regeneration Theme, Skin Research Institute of Singapore (SRIS)