he 2012 European Gender Summit joined the excellence and equality agendas in science, as a strategic approach for enhancing full realization of the research and innovation potential in Europe. The timing of the 2012 EGS was important because right now policy makers at EU and national levels are deciding on the future of the European research and innovation landscape, and on the implementation details of the key initiatives, namely HORIZON 2020, European Research Area, and Innovation Union.
Download the European Gender Summit 2012 Communication with a summary of the event and the recommendations formulated by the participants.
Download the European Gender Summit 2012 Booklet with details of the programme, speakers and partners.
The 2012 edition of the European Gender Summit demonstrated innovative initiatives in the area of gender equality introduced by leading science institutions, such as the League for European Research Universities (LERU), European Research Council (ERC), National Science Foundation (NSF) and European Commission (EC). The Summit was designed to confront common challenges at national, EU and international levels.
Building on the success of the Manifesto for Integrated Action on the Gender Dimension in Research and Innovation, which has attracted over 4000 signatures from scientists over the last year, the 2012 Gender Summit included four consultative Cafés Scientifique. The workshops were designed to enrich the advocacy strategy for excellence in science by ensuring that it is sensitive to gender equality issues and to the needs and concerns of society, orientated around major current topics, including the feasibility of a European Gender Standard.
This Summit tool a positive look at all these issues, and thanks to the contributions of top-level speakers, offered participants an opportunity to be better prepared for responding to the research and innovation agendas promoted in HORIZON 2020, European Research Area, and Innovation Union.
The European Gender Summit was convened jointly by The European Science Foundation and genSET with the generous partnership of COST, Ingersoll Rand, the Elsevier Foundation and ATGENDER. The event was held under the auspices of the Cyrpus Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Council of Europe. Through the gracious support by a number of MEPs, including Britta Thomsen, Teresa Riera Madurell, Marita Ulvskog, Joanna Senyszyn, Antigoni Papadopoulou and Kent Johansson the main venue for the event is the European Parliament. Various leading European science organisations also acted as supporting partners, find out more on the Summit website.