DAY 2: Cafés Scientifiques, Friday 30 Nov 2012, 13:30 - 16:30
Locaiton: The Thon EU Brussels
Address: Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, B-1040, Brussels. Tel: +32 (0)2 204 3911
Note: 13:30 - 14:00 Arrivals at The Thon EU Brussels
About the Cafés: Aligning Agendas – Advancing Policy
What are the Gender Summit Cafés Scientifiques? The aim of the Cafés Scientifiques is to facilitate open discussion on selected gender equality topics of current and future importance, namely those that impact on current policy initiatives and help promote quality of research and innovation at institutional, national and European levels. The user-driven advocacy format of these meetings is designed to improve strategies for using science to benefit European economies and societies by bringing together experts and practitioners from different policy areas and different scientific disciplines to discuss latest evidence and emerging good practices in implementing gender equality policy initiatives.
Why user-driven policy discussions? The outcomes of the Cafés Scientifiques will contribute to greater integration between advancements made in promoting gender equality in science and ensuring best impact of investment in R&D through different policy agendas, such as HORIZON 2020, ERA and Innovation Union.
Conclusions and recommendations will be published and used to support researchers, policy makers, and institutions in implementing gender-sensitive approaches in research, innovation and enterprise.
Why participate? Many individuals and organisations have already demonstrated commitment to advancing gender equality in science by developing successful initiatives and gaining great deal of knowledge and experience in the process, which others can learn from. We therefore invite all Gender Summit participants
- to join the discussion in one of the four thematic Cafés Scientifiques
- to share their ideas, projects and findings before, during and after the Summit through the Gender Summit Community Portal
- to contribute recommendations for evidence-based policy initiatives
- to communicate and share best practice through bilateral collaboration between organisations and countries
How the Cafés Scientifiques will work
- the online consultation will be open through the Community Portal starting ca. 4 weeks prior to the Summit
- the aim of the online forum is to collect latest case studies and best practice examples, as well as questions and suggestions for topics to be discussed during the Cafes
- during the meetings, which will run in parallel and last 2 hours each, a panel of three high-level experts will moderated the discussion and help shape it towards practical policy proposals
- a small number of key case studies will highlighted during the meetings as a way of focusing the discussion on major policy issues
- following the Summit, key points from each Cafe will be disseminated through the Gender Summit website
- the Community Portal will provide a forum for after-Summit continued discussion, reflection and dissemination.
Places will be on a first come first served basis and are limited. We recommend early booking to ensure a place. Below you will find the descriptions of each session for you to choose from.
Cafés Scientifiques themes
Café 1 - The leaky pipeline and age discrimination
Chairs: Prof. Kelly Mack, the new CEO of the Association of American Colleges (AAC&U) and Universities and Prof of Biology at University of Maryland, USA
Marion Dewar, Member of the Cabinet of Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, DG Research, European Commission
Dr. Kate White, Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Ballarat, Australia and Director, Women in Higher Education Management Network
Age features strongly in the career of a scientist, driving expectations and imposing limitations from when it's the right time to complete a PhD; how long should be the 'early career stage'; when is the right time to apply for an advanced grant and when is the best time to have children; to what is the right retirement age. In many countries, the retirement age is obligatory, and in today's world comes at a time when many scientists are still at the peak of their intellectual capacity. One possible benefit of obligatory retirement may be that since it affects many more men in leadership roles than women, it may help speed up women's progress to the top. These and other related issues will be debated against the background of the 'leaky pipeline' to identify opportunities for correcting gender imbalances in different stages of research careers and agree if and how to accommodate the 'age' dimension within our expectation of what a scientific career should be like the in the 21st Century.
Café 2 - Gender as a "Big Ticket" item in R&D&I
Chairs: Betty Shanahan, CAE, F.SWE Executive Director & CEO, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), USA
Prof. Martina Schraudner, Professor for Gender and Diversity in Organisations, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Technical University Berlin, Germany
Dr. Hans M. Borchgrevink, Chair,Working Group Monitoring of the ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (EU-SGHRM)
Over the last 30 years there has been a remarkable rise in women’s level of education and participation in the labour market, including in research. Numerous examples are available to show that research and innovation prosper when there is diversity of ideas to shape the creative process. Gender balance in groups has been shown to produce collective intelligence benefits; involving laypersons and women in particular in the innovation process produced novel ideas about markets that traditional engineers have overlooked; the use of gaming to solve research problem abolished the stereotype that women don't like computer games and showed that they can make the best gamers; and broadcasting innovation problems through the Internet has attracted many women from outside formal R&D structures contributing excellent successful solutions. The Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has used the term 'big ticket' in her recent ERA speeches. In this Cafe, we shall discuss how this term can be used to define gender as a big ticket item in research and innovation.
Café 3 - From manifesto to Gender Equality Standard for projects and institutions
Chairs: Prof. Marja Makarow, Vice-President, Academy of Finland
Dr. Peter Fisch, Head of Unit for Ex-post evaluation and reporting, Directorate General Research and Innovation, European Commission
Dr. Shirin Heidari, Chair of the European Association of Science Editors' (EASE) Gender Policy Committee and Executive Editor of Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS)
Many excellent recommendations and guidelines have been produced to help address common gender problems in science. One of the key outputs from the 2011 Gender Summit was the Manifesto for Integrated Action on the Gender Dimension in Research and Innovation. Over 4000 scientists from across Europe and elsewhere have signed the Manifesto so far. This unprecedented support confirms the public response to the EC Green Paper Consultation and to the public consultation carried out as part of the 2011 Summit. Led by a 'troika' panel of experts, representing the views of research funders, research producers and research publishers, and informed by key examples of existing schemes to adopt equality standards in research programmes and institutions, this Cafe will discuss the feasibility of adopting a cross-European standard for gender equality in science for projects and institutions. The aim of the 'standard' would be to advance on the consensus already reached for the benefit of HORIZON 2020, Innovation Union and ERA, as well as national science systems.
Café 4 - GenderSTE: Networking the way to gender equality in science and technology
Chairs: Prof. Dr. Ines Sanchez De Madariaga Head of the Women and Science Unit, Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, Spain
Caroline Bélan-Ménagier , Policy Officer, France representative for the Helsinki Group on Women and Science European Disability Policy Development Project Manager, Ministry for Higher Education and Research, France
Prof. Ineke Klinge, Associate Professor of Gender Medicine, Caphri School for Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Dr. Ingrid Guldvik, Associate professor, Lillehammer University College, Norway
COST, Europe’s longest running research networking programme, is launching a new initiative, genderSTE, to advance the state of the art in knowledge and policy implementation on gender, science, technology and engineering through creating a network of policy makers and experts on gender, science and technology. Specifically it will enhance the implementation of gender-focussed policy measures for structural change in science and technology institutions and integration of sex and gender dimensions in the content of science and technology and to develop knowledge and resources regarding the sex and gender dimensions of technological development and innovation processes, with specific attention to the Grand Challenges identified in Horizon 2020 and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe. genderSTE will be launched on 28 November. Participants in this café will learn about genderSTE’s plans for the coming four years, have the possibility to contribute to the further evolution of these plans, to put their organisations and countries onto genderSTE’s programme of meetings, workshops and training sessions and to join the genderSTE COST Action.
This Café is run by COST, Europe’s longest running research networking programme.