Towards a sustainable research career with progression based on merit



29 30 Nov 2012, Brussels,

LIMTED NUMBER OF SPACES STILL AVAILABLE Registration closes on the 4th of November

To keep its position as a global leader in research and innovation, we need to be smarter, sharper and more focused when it comes to promoting scientific and innovation talent, creativity and leadership to effectively compete on the global stage. The European Gender Summit brings together scientists, industry representatives and policy makers to discuss the role of gender as a big ticket item crucial for achieving real impact on the economy and society (Research & Innovation Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn). As Europe undergoes massive changes in the way research is organised and funded, with the upcoming Horizon 2020 80bn budget details being finalised at the moment, we must align the policy and scientific agendas promoting equality and excellence. We are delighted to have secured the European Parliament as the main venue, sending a clear signal that the gender equality in science deserves the highest policy attention.

– present the latest gender research evidence
– showcase initiatives for structural change and better quality of research and innovation
– explore how the gender equality agendas of European and national players can be aligned to enhance research & development and innovation

Aligning Policy Agendas
During this session you will hear from key European policy makers about most recent EU-level efforts to advance the quality and impact of investment in research and innovation, through evidence based policies and initiatives.

Integrating the Gender Dimension in Research and Innovation Landscape
In this session senior representatives from major European research institutions will showcase gender equality initiatives that their organisations have implemented to improve organisational and scientific performance, excellence and impact.

Advancing Science and Innovation through Inclusion: The Gender Factor
Leading figures in the USA science and diversity landscape will share important examples of policy interventions for improving the inclusion of women, and of underrepresented groups in general, in science education and the workforce.

Networking Event
Join the European Gender Summit networking reception to celebrate the first day of the Gender Summit with a glass of wine at the sleek Science 14 Atrium venue.

The role of research evidence in shaping science making and science policies
This session will present the latest policy strategies developed by the European Commission to ensure that future investment in research, development and innovation delivers real benefits in terms of quality of knowledge, opportunities for new markets, and continued acceptance of the relevance and importance of science for society.

Integrating the Gender Dimension in Research and Innovation Content
In this session, top-level researchers will explain how gender, as a dimension of research quality, impacts on science knowledge making by highlighting key areas of bias and demonstrating recent discoveries that open up new and exciting directions for research and innovation.

Mainstreaming and Consolidating Gender Research Scholarship
This session will present and discuss how the latest gender research scholarship and expertise can be mainstreamed into science knowledge, researcher training and research methods, and into innovation processes to make sure that, where gender bias has been identified, it is acknowledged and not propagated.

Parallel Cafés Scientifiques
These participatory sessions will start important consultative discussions on new topics in the discourse on gender equality and quality of research and innovation, gathering delegates input on how to open up new approaches for advocating change and overcoming resistance to change.

Prof Dr Tine Baelmans, Vice rector of Student Affairs, Full professor Faculty of Engineering Science, Head of the Diversity Policy Office and Head of the Equal Opportunities Office, Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium
Dr Hans M. Borchgrevink MD., Chair of the Working Group Monitoring the ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (EU-SGHRM)
Prof Simone Buitendijk , Vice Rector of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and member of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) Steering Group for the advice paper on Gender in Academia Prof Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University, USA
Marion Dewer, Member of the Cabinet of Maire Geoghegan-Quinn (Research, Innovation and Science), DG Research, European Commission
Dr Veerle Draulans, Assistant Professor, ethics & gender and diversity, Tilburg University and Associate Professor of gender studies, University of Leuven, Belgium
Dr Thomas Eichenberger, Swiss Federal institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland
Dr Ulrike Eickhoff, Head of the Quality Assurance and Programme Development Division at the DFG (German Research Foundation), Germany
Dr Peter Fisch, Head of Unit for Ex-post evaluation and reporting, Directorate General Research and Innovation, European Commission
Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Since February 2010: Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science, DG Research, Innovation & Science, European Commission
Prof Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission
Dr Shirin Heidari, Executive Editor of Journal of the International AIDS Society and Chair of the European Association of Science Editors’ Gender Policy Committee
Prof Martin Hynes BE, MBA, C.Eng., F.I.E.I., Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation
Prof Dr Thomas Illig, Head of Research Unit of Molecular Epidemiology, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen (German Research Centre for Environmental Health), Germany
Dr Inger Jonsson, Assistant Professor, Uppsala University, Economic History Department, and Research Secretary, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Science (FAS), Sweden
Prof Teresa Lago, Member of the ERC Scientific Council, Chair of the ERC Gender balance working group
Prof Kelly Mack, Professor of Biology, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USA Prof Marja Makarow, Vice-President, Academy of Finland, Finland
Prof Mary Ann Mason, Professor and Co-Director, Earl Warren Institution for Law and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, USA
Prof Par Omling, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University, President of the European Science Foundation (ESF) and vice-President of Science Europe
Dr Anneli Pauli, Deputy Director-General on Innovation and ERA (European Research Area) of DG Research, European Commission Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia Ltd – genSET, UK
Dr Brigitte Ratzer, Head of Center for the Promotion of Women and Gender Studies, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Prof Curt Rice, Pro Rector for Research & Development, University of Tromsø, Norway
Dr Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña President of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Committee of Senior Officials and Special Advisor, Technical Cabinet of the Secretary General of Innovation at the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation
Prof. Dr. Ines Sanchez De Madariaga, Head of the Women and Science Unit, Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, Spain
Prof Dr Martina Schraudner, Professor for Gender and Diversity in Organisations, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Technical University Berlin, Germany
Dr Betty Shanahan CAE, F.SWE, Executive Director & CEO, Society of Women Engineers, USA
MEP Britta Thomsen, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats and Member of ITRE (Committee on Industry, Research and Energy)
Prof Marie Vahter, Professor, Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM), Karolinska Institutet, the medical university in Stockholm, Sweden
Dr Wanda Ward, Director, Office of Integrative Activities, NSF (The United States National Science Foundation), USA

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