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Final Dissemination and Policy Conference of GENDER-NET, Paris, September 2016

by Jeanne Collin - published on

Final Dissemination and Policy Conference of GENDER-NET, Paris, September 2016

The Final Dissemination and Policy Conference of the GENDER-NET project took place in Paris on September 12th, 2016 and gathered close to 300 participants from Europe and beyond to discuss the project’s achievements, results and policy recommendations.

The first session on the Promotion of Gender Equality in Research Institutions through Structural Change, led by the Research Council of Norway, summarized the work carried out in WP2 and related Tasks of WP4, with insights from invited expert, and member of the GENDER-NET Expert Advisory Board, Anke Lipinsky (GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany).

According to Dr. Lipinsky, the GENDER-NET ERA-NET has achieved a major success by providing a conceptualized and transformative approach of structural change, in light of the variety of national and local contexts, concepts and challenges that are to be found in Europe. As a result, the GENDER-NET project has succeeded in producing tailored and responsive implementing instruments for structural change.

The second session on the Integration of Gender Analysis into Research (IGAR), led by the Spanish Ministry of Competitiveness-State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation, summarized the work carried out in WP3, and related Tasks of WP4, and revealed the project’s new online tool for the implementation of IGAR.

Invited expert, and member of the GENDER-NET Expert Advisory Board, Londa Schiebinger (Director of the EU-US Gendered Innovations project, and Professor of History of Science at Stanford University, USA) praised the work carried out within the project, underlined the importance of training and awareness raising and prompted a closer cooperation with what is currently being done in the US (see the Gender Innovations project).

A final roundtable on Experiences and Visions on Gender Equality and IGAR from Leading Research Performing and Research Funding Organisations then followed, with eminent invited speakers to exchange on similar issues or initiatives that have been implemented in their respective institutions:

-  Moderator: Marcela Linková (Czech Academy of Sciences, Co-chair of the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation)
-  Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council, European Commission
-  Sara Moreno, Vice Rector of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
-  Londa Schiebinger, Director of the EU-US Gendered Innovations project, Stanford University, USA
-  Viviane Willis-Mazzichi, Head of Gender Sector, Unit B7, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

The key contributions and recommendations made by the GENDER-NET project were also referred to several times during the 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education’s final policy roundtable, by invited speaker Laura Lee Downs (Professor of Gender History, European University Institute) and by both Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, French Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research.

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