2nd European Gender Summit: Aligning Agendas for Excellence 2012
Research Media Ltd is happy to announce its media partnership with the European Gender Summit, a two-day conference to examine gender imbalances within the science domains, supporting Europe’s research and innovation infrastructure through the inclusion of gender
The 2nd European Gender Summit, taking place on the 29-30 November 2012, has attracted the talents of 400 specialists in the fields of research and innovation throughout Europe and from across the Atlantic; all with a common goal to advance knowledge-based practice through equality. Leaders in research, prominent scientists, industry experts and policy makers will descend on the European Parliament, Brussels, for a two-day conference that promises to deliver a European gender equality standard in science.
Research Media is partnering this event for the second consecutive year. “We are proud to support an event which tackles one of the major concerns of today’s society. Gender inequality is certainly one issue which impedes Europe’s ability to further its research and innovation endeavours. Continuing our relationships with important events such as the Gender Summit allows us to distribute the International Innovation publications to the most influential figures in the field and to help researchers to disseminate their key research findings throughout Europe,” comments Nick Brake, Director at RML.
The consultation emphasises the need for more effective mainstreaming of gender dimensions in research, innovation and scientific systems in order to align agendas for excellence. With changes to the way the EU funds research and innovation taking effect after the budget review in 2013, the proposal has the potential to influence this pivotal moment in the future of scientific endeavour within the EU.
The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, will precede the Seventh Framework Programme as the financial institution for organisations and businesses in EU member states and eligible countries. Although its focus lies on new growth and job creation, it does consider gender as a dimension of research and seeks to address gender imbalances in science participation. How to achieve such a task, however, remains very much open for discussion, so this year’s Gender Summit provides the perfect platform to shape the discourse and formulate evidence-based strategies for integrative equality in research and innovation.
What to expect
The summit will present sessions on a variety of thematic areas including:
- Aligning Policy Agendas
This session will highlight the policy and politics surrounding research and innovation and discuss how they can build a better society and sustainable economy. MEP Britta Thomsen and European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan Quinn will both be involved with the session.
- Integrating the Gender Dimension in Research and Innovation Landscape
A concerted effort towards gender equality promotion within major institutions is happening across Europe. The ESF, League of European Research Universities and European Research Council discuss progress.
- Advancing Science and Innovation through Inclusion: The Gender Factor
Representatives from the National Science Foundation, Society of Women Engineers, Syracuse University and University of California, Berkeley explain the US’ contributions to responsive science and innovation, diversity and social responsibility.
- The Role of Research Evidence in Shaping Science Making and Science Policies
The European Commission reveals the initiatives and perspectives advancing the quality and impact of investment in research and innovation in Europe.
- Cafés Scientifiques
Consultative discussion through Cafés Scientifiques allow delegates to voice expertise on age and gender-related discrimination, the feasibility of a gender equality standard and the diversity of ideas shaping the creative process from research to innovation.
In search of a better prognosis
Far beyond the black and white definition of gender, inequality exists throughout every aspect of research and innovation. In healthcare alone, gender specific medicine is an area that needs far more investment – take transplantation where more women donate organs but fewer receive or survive a transplant. The appreciation of gender specific needs will only come from a better understanding of the biological and physiological differences affecting diagnosis and treatment.
In industrial research, women’s participation is less than half that of the higher education sector. That said, fewer than 14 per cent of heads of universities in Europe are women, and even less for lead research funding bodies. However, studies find that diverse learning environments benefit from female input and their perspectives can shed light on issues that others may fail to consider. There are countless gender-related issues in both science and industry and the realisation is that the situation is commonplace globally. This year’s Gender Summit will therefore confront these challenges head on at national, EU and international levels to close the gap once and for all. The Gender Summit represents a means to facilitate a common future to encourage inclusiveness and diversity.