Gender and Science Blog

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:48
The integration of sex and gender analysis in research content, as well as gender balance among researchers are integral aspects of gender equality in research and innovation. In the following post we are highlighting a number of useful resources on gender in research policies and on the gender dimension in research content. These include resources that represent an overview of the landscape of research policies in Europe, and examples of practical measures, guidelines and advice papers...
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Friday, May 27, 2016 - 14:16
GenPORT joins the celebration of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health (#May28) with this short post on Barbara McClintock, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology (1983).As on previous occasions, the fictious letters created by Jennifer Mondfrans provides an artistic approach to the life, discoveries and personality of Barbara McClintock.The Nobel Prize concession to Barbara represents a milestone for the recognition of women’s contributions in...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 14:27
In this video, Jeff Hearn provides a short but comprehensive response to the question “What is gender?”. Aimed it all audiences, he explains how bodies, social institutions or knowledge, science and technology are gendered. What is the distinction between sexual difference, sex and gender? And what are the social implications of using these different concepts? This short video addresses many of these fundamental issues including a reflection on the close connection between...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 12:58
Supporting women scientists as individuals is not enough to reach gender equality in our scientific institutions.  What is required is system-level attention to the structures, practices and cultures of these institutions and how they may perpetuate inequality, even unwittingly.  Changing these systems and structures is challenging, so it is helpful to have advice about how to go about such changes, as summarized in the GenPORT Research Synthesis 3 on Institutional Practices and...
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Friday, May 6, 2016 - 11:44
Next in our video interview series, we have Sanne Peters who is a Research Fellow in Epidemiology at University of Oxford (UK). Sanne Peters will give a short introduction why a gender dimension is important in the field of Epidemiology and how it is best incorporated in concrete research. Her main field of interest is how risk factors of cardiovascular disease differ between women and men. The discovery that diabetes appears to affect women and men differently for example, depends on...
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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 14:24
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,...
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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:47
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 18:23
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 (...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:40
Gender Equality Network in the European Research Area
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...
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Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 13:11
This weeks’ video interview features Arn Sauer who is currently Research Officer for Gender Equality & Gender Mainstreaming at Environmental Federal Agency, Germany.  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...
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