Plenary Sessions

The Gender Summit was structured in six plenary session under the two main headings: ‘Strategic and Crosscutting Priorities’ (Day 1) and ‘Expanding Our Understanding of Sex and Gender Dimensions’ (Day 2).

1) Best Practices for Gender Policy in Research Organisations

In this session the European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) has lead a discussion involving a panel of leaders, from research institutes that the DG JRC collaborates with, on the topic of promoting best practices for gender policy in research organisations. The JRC collaborates with around 1000 partner organisations in over 100 institutional networks.

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2) Enhancing Quality and Effectiveness of Research and Innovation Systems

This session focused on how attention to gender issues can add value to research by offering new perspectives, posing new questions, and opening new STEM areas to research, and by engaging diverse stakeholders and actors in knowledge production, application and communication.

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3) Maximising Capacity of Science Human Capital and Knowledge Communities

This session focused on developing and utilising scientific human capital found in formal and informal systems, and in society at large. This is motivated by the impact that societal changes and challenges have on participation in science, on the role of science institutions, and on the careers of women and men scientists.

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4) Understanding Effects and Interactions between Sexual Dimorphism, Gender and Environment

This session presented latest understanding on how biological and environmental conditions define and influence sex and gender differences, and how these effects impact on research and its outcomes, and inform policies.

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5) Advancing Considerations of Gender in Research Methods

This session focused on the main themes of Horizon 2020 and in particular on the crosscutting aspects of gender dimension in H2020 work programme where it has been identified in the descriptions of over 100 Calls, ranging from health, to food security, to transport, water, energy and environment. These presentations have been selected from the abstracts submitted to the Summit and selected by the GS4 Scientific Committee.

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6) Building the Gender Summit Community

This session discussed how the Gender Summit platform has developed since 2011, and where it is heading from now on. In a time of global reach, it is important that leaders, experts and practitioners in all regions can be connected and supported in the joint mission to make science and its impact on society better by addressing sex-gender issues in research and innovation process and ensuring that women are at the centre of science endeavours.

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