The conference focuses on four main themes and will be augmented by additional discussions. Our key themes are structural and institutional change in gender equality in R&I; a broader concept of equality in R&I; digitalization and gender equality; and gender equality in innovation.
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Conference program (subject to changes):
8.30 Registration and morning coffee
9.30 Opening of the Conference
10.00 Keynote speech: Former President of the Republic of Finland and current chair of the Board of University of Helsinki Tarja Halonen
10.30 Founding mothers of gender equality in research and innovation
This session will take stock of the advancement over the past 20 years of gender equality policy in European research and innovation, its achievements and continued challenges.
11.30 Lunch Break
12.30 Plenary session: New pathways to institutional change in gender equality in research organizations
Structural change is today the dominant approach to advancing gender equality in Research Funding and Performing Organisations in the EU. While the uptake of this approach varies across Member States, the time has come to reflect on experienced gained since 2009. Horizon 2020 project GENDERACTION developed a policy brief on taking the structural change to the future, including recommendations. The session will reflect on these recommendations and concrete ways to implement them .
13.30 Panel discussion on sexual harassment and gender-based violence in academia
Sexual harassment and gender-based violence has received unprecendented attention in the form of the #metoo -movement. What can research performing and funding organizations do to stop sexual harassment and violence in academia?
14.30 Coffee break
15.00 Panel discussion on disruptive solutions for the EU gender in research and innovation policy
This panel discussion will chart the course for the next steps in gender equality advancement in research and innovation policies and actions through considering possible disruptive solutions to lingering issues in the realm. What are the most serious obstacles to equality in research and innovation and how the European Research Area should next tackle them?
16.00 Panel discussion on research funding organizations’ role in gender equality advancement
This session will explore the responsibility that research funding organizations have in advancing gender equality: building transparent research ecosystem free of bias, with fair working conditions for researchers, and integration of gender dimensions in the research content.
17.00 End of the first day
18.45 Guided walk to Pörssitalo from Scandic Grand Marina lobby
19.00 Arrival to Pörssitalo
19.30 Conference dinner and social programme at Pörssitalo, Helsinki
9.00 Gender equality and dimension in innovation policy and activities
In terms of statistics, gender equality is at the most pedestrian phase in innovation activities, especially in the private sector. This session will aim at exploring the hurdles to equality in RDI activities in companies and seek ways to address them in the future.
10.15 Panel discussion on Gender challenges in digitalization, artificial intelligence and robotics
Digitalization, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics can potentially greatly alter the distribution of wealth and opportunities. White males are already in dominant positions driving these developments. How do these trends affect equality and what must be done to ensure sustainable and ethical digitalization to reverse the looming threat of rising inequality.
11.30 Lunch break
12.30 Panel discussion on Intersectionality and cross-cutting dimensions of inequality in research and innovation
Gender equality policy and actions in R&I have rarely taken an intersectional perspective. How can intersectionality be mobilised effectively in research and innovation to foster the inclusion of racial, religious, ethnic, sexual and other minorities in European research in the future?
13.45 Coffee break
14.15 Helsinki call for action
The Conference will produce a Helsinki Call for Action as a major outcome of the event. The Call for Action will be produced before the conference and participants will be offered the possibility to comment on it. This session will host a discussion on the document, including a voting on whether it should be published as an outcome of the conference.
15.00 Closing remarks
15.30 Conference ends
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If you have any questions related to the speakers or the program of the event, please contact:
Ministry of Education and Culture
Department for Higher Education and Science Policy and General Upper Secondary Education
P.O. Box 29, FI-00023 Government, Finland
+358 50 573 1109
|This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 859383 – NEWPATHWAYS.|