We are pleased to announce that the Gender Summit has gone global. In 2015 there will be three regional Gender Summits: GS5 Africa, Cape Town 28 – 30 April; GS6 Asia-Pacific, Seoul 26 – 28 August; and the GS7 EU, Berlin 6-7 November. The African and Asia-Pacific editions are introduced for the first time. They follow on the introduction in 2013 of the inspirational Gender Summit 3 North America, by a partnership of leading research funders led by the NSF. You will find more details about the past and future summits, and how to get involved, at www.gender-summit.com.
The mission of Gender Summit is to make gender equality the norm in science and to embed gender as a primary dimension of research and innovation in all areas where evidence shows that gender issues impact on quality of science knowledge and practice. Participating in the summits are scientists, gender scholars and policy makers, as well as other stakeholders involved in the science endeavours. Since the first summit in 2011, nearly 2000 participants and 300 speakers from 50 countries have joined the Gender Summit community of experts and practitioners and this number will double by the end of 2015.
Each region has it own special needs, opportunities and capacity to advance gender equality in science and promote gender responsive research and innovation. For 2015, the regional sub-themes are:
- GS5 Africa – Poverty alleviation and economic empowerment through scientific research & innovation: Better Knowledge From and For Africa
- GS6 Asia Pacific – Better Science & Technology for Creative Economy: Enhancing the Societal Impact through Gendered Innovations in Research, Development and Business
- GS7 Europe – Mastering gender in research performance, contexts, and outcomes
Important to the evolution and success of the Gender Summit mission is the support of leaders. Among those contributing to GS5 Africa are:
- Prof Berhanu Abegaz, Director of the African Academies of Sciences
- Prof Glenda Gray, President, South African Medical Research Council (MRC)
- Androulla Kaminara, Principal Adviser – EuropeAid – Outreach Activities for Development, European Commission
- Mr Pali Lehohla, Statistician General: South Africa
- Dr Youngah Park, President, Korean Institute for Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), South Korea
- Dr Alioune Sall, Executive Director of African Futures Institute
- Prof Olive Shisana, Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa.
Please visit www.gender-summit.com to find out more.
We hope that we will see you at one of the events taking place this year, or in the future.
Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer
Gender Summit founder and co-convenors