Gender and Science Blog

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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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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