Gender Summit GS17 - Driving academic innovation through diversity and inclusion: Towards a more diverse and inclusive scientific environment to enhance equity and excellence.
The Gender Summit is creating regional and global multi-stakeholder communities committed to enhancing scientific excellence by: removing gender bias from science knowledge making; advancing gender equality in science structures and practices; and applying understanding of gender issues to advance more sustainable and effective research and innovation.
The specific objectives are:
- Develop national, regional and global communities as agents of change
- Develop evidence-based consensus on the actions needed and the ways of implementing them in specific national or regional contexts
- Demonstrate positive effects of gender balance and gender diversity in research and innovation process
- Demonstrate how integrating gender dimension in research and innovation content improves quality of results and outcomes
- Promote gender aware solutions to societal problems, e.g. urban quality; human adaptation and climate change; food security; transport and mobility.
GS17 EU will be held in the Netherlands 3–4 October 2019.
Driving academic innovation through diversity and inclusion:
Towards a more diverse and inclusive scientific environment to enhance equity and excellence.
Science seeks answers to current and fundamental questions, but also ensures the growth of knowledge, so that we remain prepared for future challenges. Sometimes, the old questions no longer suffice and new questions need to be asked, because it turns out that the world looks different from the way we thought it did. It then becomes clear that new perspectives are needed in order to approach the problem from a different angle. In order to increase this diversity of viewpoints and our ways of solving problems, we must mitigate gender- and cultural bias in the system. The first step is to identify such bias, and then eliminate it. Too much talent remains untapped and wasted due to implicit assumptions and traditions that stand in the way of realizing the potential of diversity of thought in enhancing the quality and impact of science endeavours.
On 28 January, the Dutch minister of education, culture and science Ingrid van Engelshoven presented her ambitions for science policy. The themes for the gender summit are based on these three ambitions as described below.
Gender Summit themes
These three ambitions have been translated into the following themes for the European Gender Summit 2019:
- National frameworks to advance gender balance, diversity and inclusion in science and research
- Fostering diversity in open science and AI to ensure an optimal connection of science to society
- Actions towards a team-driven, innovative academic culture where everyone feels included
Further information will be added to the Gender Summit website: