Gender Summit 4 - Europe 2014
30 June - 01 July 2014, Brussels, Belgium
From Ideas to Markets: Excellence in mainstreaming gender into research, innovation, and policy
2014 will see the return of the Gender Summit to Brussels for the Gender Summit 4 - Europe (GS4 - Europe). The GS4 - Europe will, again, bring together experts from research, industry and policy to jointly establish practical and effective ways of improving quality and impact of research and innovation through the inclusion of gender in science knowledge making and application. The GS4 - Europe will focus on strategies, tools, and processes that promote the concrete integration of the gender dimension into the European Commission's current Horizon 2020, and European Research Area programmes. The Summit will focus on the cross-cutting role of gender and how gender has been and should be integrated within some of the major themes of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, such as personalised health, water resources, energy, environment, transportation. Speakers and participants will examine the latest research evidence and showcase studies and projects, organisations and strategies that have significantly improved research and innovation quality by integrating the gender dimension into research design and process. The GS4 will expand on the body of the research evidence introduced in previous summit events by highlighting recent developments of relevance to the impacts anticipated in the Horizon 2020 programme themes.
The key aim of EGS204 is to promote a standards-based and systematic operationalization of gender in research and innovation process as a core quality condition in study design, research content, and processes, in order to foster smarter, sustainable, and effective European science endeavour.
Expert review of the latest approaches for conducting gender sensitive research and innovation.
Recommendations for improving research practice through the attention to the role of gender specified in Horizon 2020 under Article 15, which states that: “Horizon 2020 shall ensure the effective promotion of gender equality and the gender dimension in research and innovation content”.
Defining a standard-based approach for integration of the gender dimension in research and innovation, including maximising its cross-cutting role.
Improving quality of research and innovation content, process and practice
Enhancing efficacy and socio-economic impact of research and innovation
Ensuring effectiveness of research and innovation policy
Securing efficient R&D human capital
The subjects and topics for the programme of the European Gender Summit 2014 are grounded by the grand challenges identified in the EC Europe 2020 strategy, i.e. health, ageing, energy, environment, climate change, but also the more specific topical objectives of HORIZON 2020, such as food security, more efficient transport, emerging bio, ICT and nano technologies, advanced manufacturing and processing, and contribution to economic growth. Gender in these contexts, and other research topics, will be explored during the Summit under these four major themes.
The programme is focused on new studies, methods and tools that can help analyse and understand the gender dimension and dynamics as research variables and as components of individual, collective and institutional conditions determining behaviour.
The major tracks are:
1. Health, demographic change, wellbeing, aging changing nature if work
2. Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime systems, nutrition, and the bio-economy
3. Secure, clean and efficient energy, including energy use
4. Smart, green and integrated transport (urban and rural), including changing transport use
5. Climate change, resource efficiency and use, environmental issues
6. Inclusive, innovative, secure societies, including cultures, and coping strategies in emergencies and disasters
7. Emerging and enabling technologies, including human need, social innovation, and innovation process
8. Any other research and innovation where consideration of gender issues contributes to efficacy of knowledge.