Frederique attended the 9th Gender Summit, entitled "Gender-based research, innovation and development for sustainable economies and societal wellbeing", in Brussels, Belgium 8-9 November 2016.
The Gender Summit is a platform for evidence-based and consensus-focused dialogue between scientists, policy makers, gender scholars, and key stakeholder groups in science endeavours. The Gender Summit Europe 2016 coincided with important policy developments in Europe and globally that look towards science knowledge and technological innovation to create a better future for all.
Significant here are: the new EU Gender Action Plan and Horizon 2020; the UN Sustainable Development Goals; the African Union’s Africa 2063 and Continental Education Strategy Africa agenda; and the OECD vision for Inclusive Innovation and Creating Our Common Future through Science and Technology. The Gender Summit opened up dialogue on how an understanding of sex/gender issues in research and innovation can also ensure sustainable and effective development. The programme featured over 65 international speakers.
Frederique went with University of Auckland colleague Associate Professor Virginia Braun, Associate Dean (Equity), who presented a poster on recent Faculty of Science gender equity initiatives. The first half day was held in the European Parliament (left). Both found it inspirational to learn about all the initiatives that are taking place around the world to improve gender equity in STEM and technologies and are excited that some of these initiatives will make their way to New Zealand.
Highlights of the conference can be found here