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Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD is co-founder and Director of Portia, an organization devoted to improving gender equality in STEM and promoting the inclusion of the gender dimension in STEM. She has 20 years’ experience teaching and researching in the Departments of Computing and Management at Imperial College, University of London. Her original training was in Biophysics. She now applies this scientific background to her work as director of Portia. Elizabeth has over 15 years experience in the gender and STEM field, she is also an expert adviser on gender issues to the European Commission. Portia was the coordinator of the genSET project, the Gender Summits were established as part of the genSET project.
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In my capcity as Director of Portia I have led the cordiantion and involement in the following projects: 1. GENERA: Gender Equality Network in the European Research Area GENERA is a new Horizon 2020 project aiming at continuing, monitoring and improving the Gender Equality Plans of Research Institutions and Organizations specifically in the physics research field. These three actions will be performed by a Consortium of 12 beneficiary partner research performing and research funding organizations, and a number of associate partners and observers. GENERA is funded by the European Commission under GERI3432014, 01 September 2015 3 31 August 2018 (Partner responsible for dissemination and valorisation) 2. GenPORT: Your Gateway to Gender and Science Resources. GenPORT is a developing online community of practitioners, served by an internet portal and made up of organisations and individuals working across the globe for gender equality and excellence in science, technology or innovation. GenPORT is funded by the European Union FP73SCIENCE3IN3SOCIETY3201231 programm. 2013 – 2017 (Partner responsible for Sustainability through Community Building and Co-ordination) 3. Creating Futures in Science. Together with Fraunhofer and Tel Aviv University, Portia is creating a new participatory methodology for supporting female scientists at early stages of their career designed to enable more informed and more appropriate career decisions and plans. Funded by the Elsevier Foundation under the New Scholar Programme. 2012 – 2014 (Co3ordinator) 4. genSET: Dialogue and Action for Gender Equality & Research Excellence in European Science. (CSA 3 FP7), a major EC project engaging 140 science institutions, 25 Gender Experts, 14 Science Leaders, 10 Science Strategy Group members, and 8 top level patrons, to improve the excellence of European science through the inclusion of the gender dimension in research and science knowledge making. 2010 – 2012 (Co-ordinator) 5. Equalitec: promoting women in Information Technology, Electronics and Communications. EQUAL Programme project aiming to integrate and re3integrate women with a background in SET into the labour force. Portia engaged 70 organisations and companies in providing support to over 200 women. Awarded Best Practice prize at the Keeping On Track Conference 2009. 2004 – 2007 (Co-ordinator)