Over 300 participants, representing over 200 organisations attended the first European Gender Summit in 2011. We, as organisers, brought together 65 speakers (pdf) from leading roles in:
- European universities
- private and public sector research organisations
- national and international research funding bodies
- national and international policy
- pan-European scientific committees
- Science journals and publications
Speakers explored how the gender dimension stimulates excellence and innovation in R&D&I and showcased examples of effective gender equality programmes. Delegates exhibited over 50 posters.
As part of the European Gender Summit 2011, with the ESF, we conducted extensive consultation with hundreds of representatives of the scientific community during and in the run up to the European Gender Summit. Through this a collective agreement on policy development on gender for innovation improvement, entitled the Policy Manifesto on "Integrated Action on the Gender Dimension in Research”, was produced. The Manifesto was presented to Máire Geoghegan Quinn, EC Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science on 16 Dec 2011 and has received over 4000 signatures since. Through this support of the R&D&I community we were able to secure the European Parliament as the venue for 2012's, and thereby ensure that gender is central to policy discussions about the upcoming reshaping of European research. In 2012 we built on the discussions and examined how the incorporation of the gender dimension in our R&D&I can benefit Europe and European research. This was be considered mainly in the context three current European Commission policy initiatives: Horizon 2020; the European Research Area; and Innovation Union. You can sign the manifesto today.
TThe European Gender Summit was convened jointly by The European Science Foundation and genSET (a Portia Ltd project) with the generous partnership of COST and sponsorship of the Research Council of Norway and Daimler AG. The event was held under the auspices of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and supported by the European Parliament, specifically, STOA (European Parliament: Science and Technology Options Assessment) and the European Commission through genSET's FP7 funding.