Gender in Science Expertise

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Effective strategies for gender equality in science


Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, speaking at Women and TechnologiesDr Elizabeth Pollitzer is a leading expert on gender, STEM and innovation. She was a founding member of Portia in 1997 and has been active in the gender and science field for over 15 years. Elizabeth’s background is in Computing and Biophysics, with many years spent both teaching and researching in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, University of London. She now heads up Portia Ltd UK and jointly leads the development of the Gender Summits - Quality Research and Innovation - global platform.

Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD Curriculum Vitae

The area where we have special interest and knowledge concerns research evidence showing how the inclusion of gender as a dimension of research and innovation process can enhance quality and impact of scientific endeavour.


Dr Elizabeth Pollizter, speaking at the European Gender Summit 2012, at the European Parliament, Brussels

Portia has developed an extensive network of experts and highly experienced practitioners in the area of gender and science and works in consultation and collaboration with them on problems requiring in-depth analysis on specific issues. We prepared a review of this evidence as part of a report for the Gender Summit 2012 entitled From Ideas to Markets: The Gender Factor.


Gender in Horizon 2020 and other programmes

Dr Pollitzer also acts as an gender expert consulting on the integration of gender in research proposals and other programmes, with particular knowledge of Gender in Horizon 2020, applying both her expertise in gender programme efficacy and the gender dimension in research content. In addition to her extensive expertise, Portia can also call upon its large network of gender experts in specific disciplines, where appropriate.


Please contact us if you would like to discuss how we can help you embed gender throughout your proposals.



University-Industry Interaction (UIIN 2016), Amsterdam, 1-3 June 2016

Talk: Crossing The Valley Of Death By Taking Gender Responsive Innovation Steps

NRF Hosted Gender Policy Dialogue at Global Research Council, New Delhi, 26 May 2016

Talk: The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Toward 2030: Better Science and Technology for All

Creating Futures in Science workshop, Mexico City, 27 April 2016


WoCaNet 2016, Göttingen, 25 - 26 February 2016

Talk: Keynote  - Many pathways to excellence but not all are equally rewarded, or rewarding

The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals Report Launch

Talk: Introduction to the Gender & SDG report

Medsin Heal the World conference, 1 November 2015, London

Talk: Gender in Health

AAAS Annual Meeting, San Jose, 13 February 2015

Talk: Gender in STEM Policy, Practice, and Research: Advances in North America and Europe

8th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, Vienna, 2-5 September 2014

Talk: Keynote - Changing the Meaning of Normal Science

Euroscicon 2014 Regenerative Medicine Event: Stem Cell Reprogramming, O2, London, 2 June 2014

Talk: Cell Sex Matters

WISET Gendered Innovation Forum, WISET (the Korea Advanced Institute of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology), April 2014
Talk: Science and Technology Innovation through Gender

OXFest (Oxford Females in Engineering, Science and Technology) Symposium, Oxford, UK, 27 February 2014

Talk: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Oxford Summit of Leaders ‘Science and Education’, Oxford, UK, 17 December 2013

Talk: The Gender Perspective

38th FEBS Conference, St Petersburg, Russia, 6-11 July 2013

Talk: We need to talk about Sex

The-Women’s-Insurance-Net-Work meeting, Surrey, UK 18-19 April 2013
Talk: Gender Issues in Research

Launch of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, DG Connect, European Commission, 4-5 March 2013

Rapporteur: Workshop 5, The Role of Member States Filling the gaps: e-Skills and Education for Digital Jobs Final Report (pdf)

Research Day, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, 6 February 2013

Talk: HORIZON 2020 : what will ‘integrating the gender dimension’ mean in Science and Engineering if it’s not all about role models and recruitment?

Gender Balance in Research in the Nordic Countries, Expert seminar, Oslo, Norway, 22–23 November 2012

Talk: The genSET project – lessons and impact

Third Regional Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Baku, Azerbaijan, 14-15 November 2012

Talk: Smart Specialisation for Women Entrepreneurs: Creating Links, Synergies, Opportunities

ICT Competitiveness Week, Brussels, Belgium, 17-20 September 2012


7th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, Bergen, Norway, 29-31 August 2012

Talk: From Evidence to Consensus, Recommendations, and Standards: lesson from the genSET project
Talk: Scenario Building Method as a tool for Supporting career Decisions in Science - Comparing Germany and Israel
Book of abstracts (pdf)

Gender, Work and Organization 2012, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK, 27-29 June 2012

Stream Convenor: Gender in Science Institutions and Knowledge System

Beyond the Glass Ceiling, Women Rectors Across Europe, Istanbul, Turkey, 21-23 May 2012

Talk: Manifesto for Action on the Gender Dimension in Science
Presentation (pdf)

Parity as Practice: the Politics of Equality, Yale Law School, New Haven, USA, 20-31 March 2012
Talk: From Consensus to Action