Public Consultation On The Future Of Gender And Innovation Launched by Portia Ltd As Part Of genSET Project

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 26, 2011 -- genSET and its partners are launching a public consultation on the future of research, innovation and gender. This consultation aims to complement the discussion on the EC Green Paper "From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding". Expanding on the question of strengthening women's role addressed in the EC Green Paper, this consultation will contribute to a better understanding of how Europe can enhance its research and innovation systems by addressing gender issues. The consultation contains 29 questions, focusing on the three key dimensions of this debate: (1) Research cultures and scientific quality, (2) Innova-tion cultures and creativity and (3) Structural change and social responsibility.

The results of the consultation will be published and discussed at the European Gender Summit on 8-9 November 2011 in Brussels. Together with the onsite discussions, the consultation responses will feed into the policy manifesto on "Integrated Action on the Gender Dimension in Research," to be presented to the European Commission and other key policy actors in December 2011.

Why Gender and Innovation?

To remain both innovative and competitive, Europe needs to fully engage the knowledge and potential of all its citizens. As Professor Marja Makarow, ESF Chief Executive puts it: "Research and innovation need the best and brightest to come up with new findings, perspectives and discoveries that improve our lives and strengthen our societies. We need to engage all talented individuals to benefit from their skills, expertise, and creativity. This goal is unlikely to be met if we let gender prejudices or societal barriers keep in the shadow almost half of the research community."

Lifting these barriers and using the full potential of talented Europeans will require a shift in European research and innovation systems towards a more open, non-discriminatory culture of innovation. "This is the place to kick start a much-needed structural change that would allow us to keep up with other social spheres and marketplaces," says Dr Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials. Extensive research has demonstrated that effective mainstreaming of the gender dimension would be a significant first step in changing the European inno-vation and research systems. " It is important that knowledge of the effects of gender balance is publicized and inte-grated into discussions about gender mainstreaming within scientific institutions, on European and national levels, and crossing cultural and linguistic barriers, in order to promote structural change" according to Professor Rolf Tarrach, President, University of Luxembourg.

Who is behind this Consultation?

The Consultation is organised by genSET - Gender in Science - representing a network of leading European and pan-European science institutions. The Consultation feeds into the European Gender Summit on 8-9 November 2011 in Brussels. Organised by genSET - Gender in Science, ESF and COST, the Summit will be held under the auspices of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event is supported by the European Parliament (STOA) and the European Commission through the Science and Society Programme (FP7).

Further Information:

• Public Consultation on the Future of Gender and Innovation in Europe:

• European Gender Summit: The EGS is an international conference held in Brussels on the 8th and 9th of November 2011 under the theme Gender Equality for Science Quality

• European Science Foundation:

• genSET - Gender in Science: The genSET - Gender in Science project is funded by the Science and Society Programme of the 7th Funding Framework of the Research and Innovation Direc-torate General of the European Commission

• Portia Ltd: Portia is the co-ordinating partner of the genSET project

About Portia Ltd

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia (genSET coordinating partner)
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Press Release Submitted On: July 26, 2011 at 5:06 am
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