Gender and Science Blog

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 14:24
GenPORT will release during the upcoming weeks a series of video interviews with leading figures of the Gender and Science landscape in Europe. The interviews aim to provide short and concise statements regarding key issues such as gender equality policies, the incorporation of a gender perspective into research content or the implementation of gender equality policies in universities and research performing organisations.Altogether we have gathered 18 clips, including (in no particular order)...
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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 15:36
Diplomats, development experts and scientists joined me at the launch of the report entitled “The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Toward 2030: Better Science and Technology for All.” Professor Heisook Lee, President of the Korea Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, and I are the managing editors of the report. We brought together over 25 experts to compile the first edition. Th report introduces the intersection between...
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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 17:38
The World Cancer Day offers the perfect opportunity to recall the work and life of Irene Curie, daughter of Pierre and Marie Skłodowska-Curie. Together with Fréderic Joliot, she continued to build on the achievements of her parents in radiology and discovered “induced radioactivity”, a form of human-made radioactivity that later on has been used in the treatment of cancer. For their findings, both scientists were awarded with the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935.To commemorate the...
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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 17:23
Innovation policy makers often discuss the functioning of innovation systems in terms of ecosystems. Innovation ecosystems can be constructed around any subject matter. In this recent article we chose the topic of gender, which we examined as a component of innovation success. Most analyses of innovation systems tend to assume gender-neutral position with regard to identity and roles of participating actors and their activities. However, real-life innovations can often result in (A) different...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 12:46
The equal participation of women and men in contemporary science and research is not just an issue in terms of social justice but also in terms of taking advantage of the available talent and improving the relevance and quality of science, technology and innovation. Despite the advances made, gender equality in terms of career choices, paths and outcomes continues to be a challenge for the science community. Highest grade professorships continue to be predominately (up to 80%) held by men (see...
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 13:56
Henrietta Swan Leavitt  was the astronomer who discovered the relation between the variable brightness of stars and their pulsation periods, a mechanism the laid the foundation for estimating cosmic distances. Although her contributions were crucial for the further advancements in astronomy, she did not receive any public recognition of her achievements during her lifetime. The mathematician Gösta Mittag-Leffler tried to nominate her for the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1926, however...
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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 13:29
Are you planning to take part in the next phase of Horizon 2020 programme.  Here we list some key resources showing how gender fits into the six societal challenges prioritized in the H2020 programme for 2016-2017.  They will help you identify key research question and methods for analyzing gender issues relevant to health, food, energy, transport, climate change and environment, and inclusive societies.Health, demographic change and wellbeingAmeratunga S, Hijar M, Norton R, Road-...
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 10:02
George Pólya, the world famous mathematician said in 1985: „Mathematics is the cheapest science. Unlike physics or chemistry, it does not require any expensive equipment. All one needs for mathematics is a pencil and paper.“ One could add, in one breath – and be a man.
 Good Willa Hunting?George Pólya, the world famous mathematician said in 1985: „Mathematics is the cheapest science. Unlike physics or chemistry, it does not require any expensive equipment. All one needs for mathematics is a pencil and paper.“ One could add, in one breath – and be a man. Historically, mathematics was socio-culturally perceived as one of the most masculine scientific disciplines. The gender stereotypical image of a mathematician standing by the big green...
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Friday, November 27, 2015 - 17:41
On the eve of the 2015 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony (10th  December 2015) we want to draw the attention to Marie Skłodowska-Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) as the first women who won a Nobel Prize back in 1901. In fact, she was the first person to receive this important scientific award twice: the first in 1901 in Physics and the second in 1911 in Chemistry.With her pioneering research on radioactivity, Marie Skłodowska-Curie demonstrated against the predominant...
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Monday, November 16, 2015 - 22:09
There is a simple answer to this question, and a more complicated answer. The simple answer is that gender refers to the different ways in which sexual differences between people appear differently in different times and places, societies, cultures, and across people's lifetimes. Thus, gender is seen as to some extent based on but distinct from sex; even if, confusingly, gender is  sometimes used interchangeably with sex. While gender is often still taken to mean women and...
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