News | Latin America and the Carribean | 30 August 2016

GenderInSITE at Gender Summit 8 - North and Latin America

Next week, the Gender Summit 8 - North and Latin America will take place in Mexico City, continuing to advance the global conversation about gender in research with the theme of Science without borders: Improving impact by interlinking gender, geographic, disciplinary and educational dimensions. GenderInSITE is pleased to be involved in several sessions at the conference, which will take place 28-29 April:

  • A plenary panel on Participation of women and girls in science and technology education, featuring a comparative analysis of women's participation in Mexico and Brazil by GenderInSITE Director Alice Abreu from the findings of the National Assessments on Gender and STI of the two countries. This session will be chaired by  Judith Zubieta of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and will also include previous GIS director Sophia Huyer of Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT) and CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS), as well as Ernesto Fernández-Polcuch of UNESCO, and Rachel Erhard of Tel Aviv University. The panel will take place on Friday, 29 April from 11:45-13:00.

  • A panel on Agents of Change: gender inclusion in public policy. This session will be chaired by Gloria Bonder, the UNESCO Chair on Women in S&T in Latin America, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) and GenderInSITE regional focal point for Latin America and the Caribbean. The panel will also include GIS director Alice Abreu, Sophia Huyer and Nancy Hafkin of WISAT and Ernesto Fernández-Polcuch of UNESCO. This panel will take place on Friday, 29 April from 16:15-17:30.

  • A plenary panel on The role of Gender-based innovations for UN Sustainable Development Goals with GIS regional focal point Gloria Bonder, chaired by Gender Summit founder and Portia Ltd. director and also including panellists Heisook Lee of Women In Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET), Juan Casasbuenas of SciDev.Net,  Nelly Stromquist from the University of Maryland, and  Holly Falk-Krzesinski of Elsevier. This panel will take place from 10:00-11:15 on Friday, 29 April.

  • A panel, Gender Gaps in Science, Technology and Innovation in Latin America, featuring GenderInSITE Steering Committee founding member Geoffrey Oldham, former director of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK. Matteo Grazzi of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Vladimir López-Bassols, an independent S&T policy consultant, will introduce the session, which will be chaired by IDB's Ana María Rodríguez and also include panellists Janet Stotsky of the International Monetary Fund and  José Franco of Mexico's Scientific and Technological Advisory Forum (FCCyT). This panel will take place from 11:45-13:00 on Thursday, 28 April.

GenderInSITE will also have a booth at the conference, where participants can ask questions about the initiative, sign up for a GenderInSITE listserv, and pick up a GenderInSITE flyer.

The Gender Summits are a series of international conferences with the objective of generating dialogue and identifying important messages for policymakers on the topic of engendering gender equality through and in scientific research. They bring together scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss the gender dimensions of various aspects of research, such as the use of metrics to measure scientific excellence, gender bias over the course of career development, and unequal representation of genders as subjects of scientific research.

To read about GenderInSITE's previous participation in the Gender Summits, see the summary of our panel at Gender Summit 7 - Europe in November 2015.