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The Gender Summit is a platform for dialogue where scientists, policy makers, gender scholars and stakeholders in science systems examine new research evidence showing when, why, and how biological differences (sex) and socio-cultural differences (gender) between females and males impact on outcomes. The aim is to reach consensus where improvements to science knowledge and science practice are needed and who should take action. 

Our aim is to make gender equality in research and innovation the norm, and to embed gender as a primary dimension of quality. The Gender Summit started in Europe in 2011 and has helped to influence how gender is addressed in Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020), where it is now recognized through three criteria: (A) greater gender equality by increasing the number of women in scientific roles; (B) improved integration of sex-gender analysis in research process; and (C) achieving cross cutting benefits of gender-sensitive and responsive research and innovation. 

We have held 7 Summits since 2011; bringing together over 2000 participants and 500 contributors from over 50 countries, representing expertise and leadership in policy, gender scholarship, science decision making and industry. From our beginnings in Europe, the Gender Summit mission has been taken on in new global regions: North America, Africa and Asia-Pacific. 2016 sees the further expansion to Latin America with the GS8 North & Latin America 2016 in April. This year we will also be holding another European edition of the event, GS9 Europe in Brussels in November.

The Gender Summit is not a ‘conference’, each event produces a concrete output designed to promote the mission of building better science knowledge and better research and innovation practice, and to influence science related policy design and implementation.  For example, the GS3 North America produced a Roadmap for Action for North America, which identified a range of evidence-based actions needed and the stakeholder groups who can bring about the required changes. The GS6 Asia-Pacific produced a Declaration and Call for Action to Advance Gendered Research, Innovation and Socio-economic Development.  Also out of GS6 came out the report on Gender-Based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  25 international experts (invited from among past Gender Summit speakers) collaborated on this report to show how different gender issues relate to each of the 17 SDGs, and that gender equality and women’s empowerment, which are restricted to SDG5, are not enough to achieve the full impact that gender can have on the success of implementation measures. Read more results.

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Download new report “The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Toward 2030: Better Science and Technology for All”

WISET Gender-Forum Report The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals What are our next Steps in Korea?

GS7 Europe partners and sponsors

Elsevier     Robert Bosch Stiftung   NordForsk logo   KIF logoSwedish Secretariat for Gender Research

GS6 Asia-Pacific Organisers and Partners

Wiset (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology)   National Research Foundation of Korea   KISTEP (Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning)  Portia Ltd Uk, Gender Summit partner   JST (The Japan Science and Technology Agency)   NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China)   JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)   Korea Federation of Women's Science & Technology Associations    ASSA (The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia)  Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea Ministry of Trade, Korea   National Research Council of Science & Technology The Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST)  AMORE      Elsevier Korean Women's Development Institute  IBS (Institute for Basic Science, Korea)   Macrogen SSEGOS      S and D ENG Co. Ltd    In association with European Commission

Media Partners

International Innovation, Gender Summit media partner     Pan European Networks, Gender Summit 7 Europe partner