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Portia at the UIIN 2016

University-Industry Interaction (UIIN 2016) logoDr Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director of Portia, delivered a presentation on “Crossing The Valley Of Death By Taking Gender Responsive Innovation Steps” today at the University-Industry Interaction (UIIN 2016) in Amsterdam. people from across all walks of life. A recent review, of how to advance European Research Area (ERA) so that science can more effectively help address important societal challenges through innovation, concluded that stronger research and innovation synergies are needed and can be achieved by promoting a more intense participation and interaction of relevant stakeholders in innovation process. The review considered the role of gender, which has been part of the original six criteria of ERA success, and concluded that in future ERA, the gender dimension requires “expansion” and “rebranding” to achieve the necessary gender equality, diversity and empathy in research, and across all innovation activities. Elizabeth gave an introduction how this expansion and rebranding can be put into practice.  Read Elizabeth’s abstract
3 June 2016

GRC formally adopted goal to integrate the gender dimension in research design and in the analysis of research outcomes

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer at the NRF hosted Gender Policy Dialogue at Global Research Council NRF hosted a Gender Policy Dialogue at the Global Research Council in which Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer spoke on “The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Toward 2030: Better Science and Technology for All” . Dr Pollitzer examined how not only is the number of women in STEM an important condition for success in the implementation of the SDGs, but that considerations of the gender dimension in research must be included also. For example, road safety targets have been included in the SDGs. Women are 50% more likely to suffer injury in car accidents due to vehicle design and gendered patterns of use. Topics such of this must be understood in order to achieve the ambitious targets of the SDGs. Elizabeth also drew on other examples from the report produced after the GS6 Asia-Pacific, "The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Toward 2030: Better Science and Technology for All”, as part of the Gender Summit mission. The heads of 50 research councils and the delegates attending the GRC meeting have formally adopted the goal to "integrate the gender dimension in research design and in the analysis of research outcomes" as part of their commitment to research excellence and effective stewardship of public funds.

Read the Next Einstein Forum’s press release about the event. Read the NRF press release about the event. 
25 May 2016


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