Gender and Science Blog

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 12:20
The annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards, a joint ITU/UN Women prize recognizing outstanding efforts in using the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to empower women and girls, are only open for nominations for four more weeks.Companies, government offices, NGOs and individuals are urged to get their nominations in by 23:59 EDT on 31 July.Read more about the nomination process and the prize.- See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/...
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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 13:33
Dear GenPORT colleagues,Horizon 2020 considers gender as a cross-cutting issue and it shall be adequately integrated in research and innovation content at the level of Work Programmes and projects. Applicants to Horizon 2020 calls are encouraged to include the gender dimension in their proposals. The European Commission is continuously looking for experts with gender expertise in all areas of Horizon 2020 calls to evaluate submitted research proposals.To find experts with relevant expertise who...
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Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 11:26
GenPORT officially launched its Internet Portal at the European Parliament during a working breakfast hosted by the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, and attended by MEPs representing the Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) committees, on the 21st April 2016 in Brussels. The breakfast was hosted by Terry Reintke MEP (FEMM Committee member) and Eva Kaili MEP (STOA First Vice-Chair) and chaired by Mairead McGuinness, EP Vice-President responsible for STOA who gave...
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 17:53
Our weekly interview series takes us this time to Sweden.  Dr. Fredrik Bondestam, Head of Operations and Research Coordinator in the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research (Sweden) will talk about recent developments on Gender Equality in  the Northern European Countries.As he points out, the Northern European countries still have an important gender gap in academia, despite the strong gender equality legislation and the relatively high scores these countries achieve on the...
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Friday, June 3, 2016 - 14:31
As a contribution to the European Maker Week we present the interview with Dr. Marike Kolossa on gender-sensitive environmental monitoring.Dr. Marike Kolossa is responsible for the German Environmental Survey and the German Specimen Bank which constitute two fundamental pillars of the the German system for health-related environmental monitoring. She works in the Department of Environmental Hygiene, Section Toxicology, Health related Environmental Monitoring at German Federal Environmental...
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 19:01
An increasing amount of work in science, research and development happens collaboratively. The trend towards collective efforts in knowledge production is clearly visible by looking at the rise of co-authored papers over the last decades (Wuchty, Jones, & Uzzi, 2007)⁠.  However, to which degree gender diversity affects these research collaborations is an open question currently addressed in Europe (the H2020 project GEDII) or planned to be addressed in the US (Valantine &...
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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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