There are many kinds of statistics that relate to gender in and around science, technology and innovation. But before going through some of the useful sources, some words of caution are necessary. Some scientists and policy-makers may give the impression that if there are numbers involved than that is better than if there are not – but numbers do not in themselves equal truth. Indeed just because there is a way of measuring something does not mean that that the measures are relevant, accurately measured or meaningful.
In this interview Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner explains how technical innovations are more successful when including a gender diversity perspective. She highlights the advantages of taking into account women’s needs in the design of innovations and also the benefits of gender diversity in working teams.
Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner is Head of Frauenhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation, and Professor for Gender and Diversity in Organisations at TU Berlin (Germany).
The European project GENERA aims to help research performing and research funding organisations to create and implement gender equality plans (GEP). We, as the consortium, are convinced that this effort is necessary in order to support actions for the promotion of careers of female researchers. It is a fact that all gender statistics illustrate that women are underrepresented in the entire domain of Research, Technology, Innovation and Physics. Therefore it has been decided to describe the actual implementation of the GEPs in a roadmap. This roadmap will describe all activities supporting the implementation of customized GEPs.
He will be talking about the process at the Environmental Federal Agency of Germay to incorporate gender mainstreaming into their organisation. It’s an insider view on how to make gender mainstreaming effective and deal with the most common misconceptions about gender equality. Any comments or questions to this video are welcome!
Facing the Global Challenges in Cities, Climate Change and Transport,
5th and 6th October, 2016 Madrid.
The European Commission has finally released the new edition of the eagerly awaited She Figures 2015 report. This publication is the fifth edition of the She Figures series –released every three years since 2003– which aims to monitor the level of progress made towards gender equality in research and innovation in the European Union.