Diversity Fueling Excellence in Research and Innovation
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| Day 1 Click to expand session descriptions Download the Gender Summit 3 - North America 2013 full program
|8:00 am - 9:00 am||
|9:00 am - 9:30 am||
Video addresses from European Leaders
|9:30 am - 10:00 am||
|10:00 am - 11:30 am||
Plenary Panel: Develop a collective commitment to strengthen human capital development, research and innovation through diversity
In this session leaders of major research funding bodies will agree on a joint approach to taking specific, evidence-based actions, which can clearly benefit the quality of research and innovation, for both women and men.
|11:30 am - 12:00 pm||
|12:00 pm - 1:30 pm||
Plenary Panel: Develop joint policies for innovation and partnership in STEM higher education as means of widening access to knowledge
In this session leaders of National Acadamies, academia and industry will discuss the need for joint policy actions and criteria needed to boost the benefits of diverse and gender-responsive scientific and technical education and access to knowledge.
Chair: Patricia Falcone PhD, Associate Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, USA
|1:30 pm - 2:45 pm||
Keynote Address and Lunch
|2:45 pm - 4:45pm||
Plenary Panel: Demonstrate evidence of how incorporating sex and gender consideration into STEM research and innovation informs policy
In this session, leading scientists will describe how consideration of gender issues in research and innovation content can improve knowledge production, application and reporting, with increased benefits for both science and science policy, such as better healthcare, better methodologies, fair recruitment, better education systems, better science evidence for women and men.
Chair: Juan Pedro Laclette PhD, Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Co-Chair of the Interamerican Network of the Academies of Science at the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Mexico
|4:45 pm - 7:30 pm||
| Day 2 Click to expand session descriptions Download the Gender Summit 3 - North America 2013 full program
|8:00 am - 8:30 am||
|8:30 am - 10:00 am||
Plenary Panel: Harnessing Gender Dimensions to Address Global Scientific and Societal Challenges
The goal of this session is to demonstrate gender issues in the context of research, which has global influence on the lives of both women and men, such as transport, health, security, as well as effectiveness and efficiency of research collaboration.
Chair: Simone Buitendijk PhD, MPH, MD, Vice-rector Magnificus and member of the Board of the University of Leiden; Professor and Chair of Women’s and Family Health at the Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands, Europe
|10:00 am - 10:15 am||
|10:15 am - 11:30 pm||
Parallel Sessions: Stream 1 – Diversity in participation
In this session, speakers and discussions will focus on why it matters who participates in research and innovation; how research problems are defined and solved, how women and men communicate, address risk factors, and make decisions.
1. Equity for Excellence in Research Teams
The evidence presented in this session shows the influence of the problem solving styles of women and men when confronted with unexpected experimental findings; how collective intelligence of teams varies with the proportion of women on the team; how men and women differ in their attitudes to risk taking; and how the presence of women on company boards affects its performance.
Discussant: Kellina Craig-Henderson PhD, Deputy Division Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, National science Foundation (NSF), USA
2. Openness and Diversity in Innovation and Collective Problem Solving
Women’s participation in higher education has been growing but their creative and intellectual capital and talent have been greatly under-utilized. The speakers in this session will show evidence of how those inside and outside the formal research and innovation structures, but in particular women, can be effectively engaged and contribute successful solutions to a variety of innovation problems that the traditional approaches have not been able to solve.
Discussant: Janet Abbate PhD, Associate Professor and Co-Director of Graduate Program in STS - National Capital Region Campus, Virginia Tech, USA
3. Opportunities and Challenges for Women of Color in STEM and Society
The issues discussed in this session concerns the needs and the means of progressing women of color in research and innovation, and in society in general, where until now, as a group, they received much less attention in the discourse on gender issues.
Discussant: Kelly Mack PhD, PhD, Vice President for Undergraduate Science Education and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), USA
4. Diversity in Leadership
While 50% of PhD degrees are today awarded to women, in both the USA and Europe, the scientific leadership remains predominantly male, stubbornly so. The speakers will discuss why it is critical for women to be leaders: to increase diversity of leadership styles; strengthen the scientific human capital; challenge stereotype behaviors; and make transparent what are the necessary leadership competencies.
Discussant: Grace Jinliu Wang PhD, Division Director, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division, Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
5. Diversity and Gatekeepers in STEM Participation
Diversity in participation in STEM, as researchers and subjects of research, is crucial to establishing the same opportunities for women and men, across all social and ethnic groups, to contribute to and benefit from science knowledge. The speakers will discuss how gatekeepers can become agents of change.
Discussant: Carla Fehr PhD, Associate Professor, (Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy), Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Canada
|11:30 pm - 12:30 pm||
Keynote Addresses and Lunch
|12:30 pm - 1:00 pm||
Break / Poster exhibition
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Parallel Roadmap development sessions
The goal of this part of the program is to build on the extensive evidence already available to jointly develop a Roadmap for action, which will set out specific milestones that can be achieved by the different stakeholder groups making up the science system. Key points and recommendations from the individual sessions will be presented in the final Plenary Session.
1. Cultivating and Promoting Future Leaders
The Roadmap discussion in this session will focus on the practices and processes that can ensure more effective promotion and progress of women already in the system, and ready to take on leadership roles. Speakers will provide specific examples from academia and industry how this can be achieved.
Chair: Serge Villemure, Director, Research Grants & Scholarships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada
2. Empowering Voices of Early-Career Scientists
This session will discuss the importance of the early career stage: the decisions made here can have huge consequences for the evolution of future career direction. Understanding the science landscape, and how the science system functions, is essential to effective career development. Support measures that make this knowledge - of opportunities and obstacles – less opaque can facilitate more informed and effective career development decisions.
3. Integrating Gender into Research Content and Methods
The idea that science is gender neutral has been challenged by the evidence of omissions of sex/gender as a variable in study design; gender bias in research analysis; and under- or non-reporting of data analyzed by sex. Speakers in this session will demonstrate why and how these practices should be changed to improve both quality and efficacy of research and innovation.
Chair: Julia Tagüeña PhD, Deputy General Director of Scientific Development, The National Council on Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACYT), Mexico
4. Improving Career Life Balance
Science work practices and traditions are rooted in times when women were largely excluded from research and innovation and their own as well as the society’s expectations were vastly different to the realities of today. Providing women and men with the same opportunities to do scientific work and have time for family life and other commitments should be entirely possible in the 21st century. Speakers will demonstrate how this can be done.
Chair: Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD, Director, Portia Ltd, UK, Europe
5. Creating and Sustaining Networks
No scientist can work in isolation and professional networks form an essential component of how science is done today. Speakers will demonstrate a variety of successful approaches from linking different fields and sectors to using networks as tools for professional empowerment of women and opportunities to influence attitudes to their advancement.
Chair: Sophie D’Amours PhD, Vice Rector, Research and Innovation, Université Laval, Canada
6. Transforming the Role of Gender in STEM and in Communication
Both in terms of the deliverer’s and receiver’s perception, the session will explore whether women communicate differently than men, and whether the public perceives communication by men and women differently.
Chair: Shari Graydon, Communications consultant and journalist, USA
7. Ensuring Inclusive Excellence through Merit/Peer Review
Peer review forms the most important component of effective science knowledge making, but the fairness and efficiency of the process has been under scrutiny for some time and in particular the potential for gender bias. Speakers will demonstrate how the peer review process as practiced in the funding of research and in publishing can avoid known gender issues and improve transparency, quality and fairness of the decisions made.
Chair: Stephen P. Meacham PhD, Senior Staff Associate, Office of International and Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, USA
8. Enabling Organizational Systems and Processes
Structural changes to improve established institutional practices and process, to ensure that institutions treat their female and male researches in the same way, are often needed and have been achieved in many cases, contributing to better research cultures that do not unfairly benefit the advancement of men. Speakers will demonstrate examples of these successes, which others can follow and make such changes more widely accepted and adopted.
Chair: Elizabeth Croft PhD, Professor and NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (BC/Yukon Region), University of British Columbia, Canada
9. Pioneers Trailblazing the Future
The visible progress to advance women and women’s needs in science, which has been made in the last decade, was made possible in big measure by the influential actions of particular individuals working within the science system who used their leadership positions to create a vision and the right conditions to carry out actions capable of challenging established cultures and attitudes to gender roles. These trailblazing the future pioneers are honored in this session for their influential efforts, and to encourage others to follow their lead.
Chair: Kelly Mack PhD, Vice President for Undergraduate Science Education and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), USA
10. Creating Bridges with European Funders
Making science endeavor more sensitive and responsive to the needs and talents of both women and men requires cross-boarder and cross-institutional collaborations at a number of levels, from setting out research priorities to creating research environment that recognizes and prevents gender inequalities and biases in knowledge production, application and communication. Speakers from major European research funding bodies will discuss the progress made in Europe and the lessons learnt. This session will help identify opportunities to create institutional bridges enabling more effective progress in the future.
Chair: Ines Sanchez Madriaga Arch., PhD, MSc, Director, Women and Science Unit, Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Researach and Innovation, Spain, Europe
Panel of European Funders
|2:30 pm - 3:00 pm||
|3:00 pm - 5:00 pm||
Plenary Session: Gender roadmap for research and innovation systems. Addressing the needs of different stakeholders
The reports presented by Session Chairs will convey the key points and actions recommended for inclusion in the overall Roadmap, for all relevant stakeholders to use in their spheres of influence.
Chair: Kim Allen, CEO, Engineers Canada
| Day 3 Click to expand session descriptions Download the Gender Summit 3 - North America 2013 full program
|9:00 am - 10:30 am||
Parallel Sessions: Stream 2 – The Gender Dimension in the Research Continuum (Basic -> Applied -> Innovation -> Markets)
The goal of the sessions in this part of the program is to focus on the implications that new understandings of the gender dimension carry for research, its application, communication, and translation into technological advancements and markets. The speakers will address these perspectives in the context of the major societal challenges of the 21st century: health, environment, climate change, food security, transport, and transport.
Discussant: Adriana Ortiz-Ortega, National University of Mexico, Mexico
Discussant: Itzá Castañeda, Gender Adviser, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Mexico
3. Climate Change
Discussant: Billy M. Williams, Director, Science, American Geophysical Union, USA
4. Food Security
Discussant: Jenna Rapai, PhD Student, Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Program, University of Manitoba, Canada
Discussant: Graham Harrison PhD, Program Officer, International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
|10:30 am - 11:00 am||
|11:00 am - 12:30 pm||
Parallel Sessions: Best Practice Training Workshops
In this part of the program, the sessions have been designed to provide practical examples, approaches and methods that have already been implemented and can be adopted more widely across a wide range of actions where attention to gender issues is important.
1. Integrating Gender Dimension into Medical Researcher Training
Moderator: Janine Clayton MD, Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA
2. New Approaches to Career Development Support for Early Stage Female Scientists
Moderator: Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia Ltd, UK
3. Making Women in the System Visible
Moderator: Abigail Forson, Assistant Director, Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada
4. Methods of Supporting Career-life Balance in Institutions
Moderator: Kelly Mack PhD, Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), USA
5. Fostering Interdisciplinary Careers
Moderator: Joan Nagel MD, MPH, Medical Officer, National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
6. The NSERC Model: Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program
Moderator: Serge Villemure, Director, Research Grants & Scholarships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada
|12:30 pm - 13:30 pm||