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Portia Ltd Process diagramPortia Ltd designs and implements effective strategies for gender equality in Science, Engineering and Technology. At Portia our work is organised around four key elements: evidence, dialogue, consensus, and actions.

Using this methodology we create effective strategies that promote gender equality in: science knowledge making, its applications, and communication; different science and engineering disciplines; in education; in research and innovation; in commercialisation of technical knowledge.

The evidence, in particular recent empirical studies, critical reviews, evaluated examples of good practice, etc., starts the process and frames the content of the dialogue, the consensus, and of the actions.

A demonstration how this works in practice is provided by the genSET project.  Some 120 research studies provided the evidence that a panel of science leaders considered to establish a consensus on the recommendations for action targeting science institutions.   

If you find our approach interesting and would like to adopt it in your work, please contact us.



We work by creating collaborative partnerships, small and big, with organisations that share the same mission and are looking for effective solutions to widely experienced problems.  The largest project partnership we have managed involved 70 organisations.  A partnership can also be about networks for sharing knowledge and experience.  For example in the genSET project we established a Stakeholder Network with around 200 organisations to promote capacity building for mainstreaming gender in science institutions.    Our partners come from different sectors: academia, schools, industry, policy, government, women's organisations, professional bodies and associations, media and other areas.  If you would like to work with us, or feel our networks may be helpful to the work you do, please contact us.



We have accumulated an extensive collection of recent studies in the area of gender issues in science.  Many are available on the genSET website.  Some of the key documents we have produced can be found on the Publications page on this website. In 2010 we produced a special issue of the Interdisciplinary Science Reviews journal on Gender in Science.  Currently we are working on a review of recent research involving the gender dimension to highlight how this kind of research can open up new markets for science knowledge.  If there are examples of empirical studies and critical reviews that you feel we should feature, please contact us.


About Us

Portia was set up by women scientists in 1997 to promote  gender equality in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  Portia incorporated as a not-for-profit company in 2001 and since then has led national and international partnerships to deliver high impact projects.  More recently, our attention has increasingly focused on the role of gender as a dimension of quality in research and innovation, where, we believe, it can stimulate new research ideas and opportunities for new markets for science knowledge.  This perspective has a strong link to recent European policy initiatives such as HORIZON 2020, Innovation Union and European Research Area



Latest News

Dr Pollitzer in South Korea, Gendered Innovation Forum Portia in South Korea planning Gender Summit - Asia Pacific

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer has spent a week with our Gender Summit - Asia Pacific lead partner, WISET, in South Korea planning the event and visiting various stakeholders in the capital, Seoul. WISET (the Korea Advanced Institute of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology) convened a Gendered Innovation Forum under the theme "Science and Technology Innovation through Gender" as well as a busy schedule of meetings where Elizabeth introduced the topic of the gender dimension in science, updated the audience on work in the area in Europe and shared Portia's activities, including the Gender Summits. The Gender Summit - Asia Pacific will be held in Seoul in September 2015 at the South Korea National Assembly. WISET are the regional leader of the event that will also see involvement of key organisations from Japan, Taiwan, Australia and China. Many of the region's economies have based their successful economic growth on the knowledge economy and STEM sectors. Yet this growth is hampered by the often chronic under utilisation of their highly educated women. The Summit will explore ways in which this gender imbalance can be addressed in the region and the opportunities for improved science knowledge making and innovation this will afford. Moreover the Summit will focus on gender dimension in science, the inclusion of sex and gender considerations research design and practice, sharing the latest advances and evidence on the topic. Find out more about the Gender Summits here.

Pan European Networks logoThe Gender Summit Expansion - read Dr Pollitzer's article in PEN

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, Portia's Director, published an article in the latest Pan European Networks - Science and Technology edition, released in March 2014. Under the title "The Gender Summit Expansion", Elizabeth outlines the achievements of the Gender Summit in North America, 2013, and looks to the future events planned in Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Read the article here.

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