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Quality Research and Innovation through Equality 

The Gender Summits provide a forum for stakeholders from research, industry and policy to jointly explore how gendered methodologies can stimulate innovation and advance scientific excellence. The Gender Summits focus on the gender dimension in research and innovation as a means to improve the quality of scientific output, scientific knowledge creation processes, innovation processes and practices, human capital development, institutional accountability and regulations. It attracts stakeholders from all sectors and disciplines active in the global innovation system to participate in this dialogue. Since its inception in Europe, the Summit platform has migrated to different global regions (Africa, Asia-Pacicif, North and Latin America) where the formulation responds to the regional context and builds global links to support global change. The Summit returns to Brussels on Nov 8 - 9 2016 under the theme "Gender-based research, innovation and development for sustainable economies and societal wellbeing". Read on to find out more about the Summit events.

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2017: G10 Asia-Pacific, Tokyo, GS11 North America, Montreal.


2016: GS8 North & Latin America, Mexico City, GS9 Europe, Brussels.


2015: GS5 Africa, GS6 Asia-Pacific, GS7 EU


Gender Summit 4 Europe 2014 (GS4-EU), 30 June - 01 July 2014, Brussels

2014 saw the return of the Gender Summit to Brussels for the Gender Summit 4 - Europe (GS4-EU). The GS4 - EU, again, brought together experts from research, industry and policy to jointly establish practical and effective ways of improving quality and impact of research and innovation through the inclusion of gender in science knowledge making and application.  The GS4 - EU focused on strategies, tools, and processes that promote the concrete integration of the gender dimension into the European Commission's current Horizon 2020, and European Research Area programmes. The Summit focused on the cross-cutting role of gender and how gender has been and should be integrated within some of the major themes of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, such as personalised health, water resources, energy, environment, transportation. 

Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3-NA), Washington D.C.

The aim of the 3rd Gender Summit, focused on North America, was to interconnect all relevant stakeholders in a Call to Action to achieve positive change towards greater diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce and leadership, and greater inclusion of biological sex and gender considerations or the “gender dimension” in research content and process. The event was on the 13 - 15 November 2013 at the Washington Hilton in Washington DC.

Gender Summit 2 Europe 2012 (EGS2012), Brussels

The 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. We built on the 2011 discussions and examined how the incorporation of the gender dimension in our R&D&I can benefit Europe and European research. This was considered mainly in the context three current European Commission policy initiatives: HORIZON 2020, European Research Area, and Innovation Union. Download the icon European Gender Summit 2012 Communication

Gender Summit 1 Europe 2011 (EGS2011), Brussels

Over 300 participants, representing over 200 organisations attended the first European Gender Summit in 2011. The first Summit brought together 65 speakers from leading roles in: European universities, private and public sector research organisations national and international research funding bodies, national and international policy, pan-European scientific committees, Science journals and publications. Speakers explored how the gender dimension stimulates excellence and innovation in R&D&I and showcased examples of effective gender equality programmes.

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"I felt that I learned so much. There appears to be a revolution in people's conceptualization of sex/gender.  Like all human constructs it is changing... The summit really changed my thoughts. For that I am very grateful.  Thank you for a wonderful summit

Thank you for a formidable Summit!

Congratulations [on] a very successful summit. The presentations were really inspiring and the meeting was a great networking opportunity. Looking forward to continue supporting the movement."

Feedback from EGS2013 participants

“Topics were well selected and presenters were very engaging.

Very informative and interesting.

Up to date information on what others do about increasing the gender balance in universities/technological sciences.

Highly interactive!

Opportunity to meet relevant and interested parties.

To be around the table with other colleagues from different countries.”

Feedback from EGS2012 participants

“Congratulations for the success of the gender summit - I really think it has been a turning point in terms of support to gender equality in science


Congratulations on a very successful meeting and thank you for the invitation to participate.” 

Feedback from EGS2011 participants



Prof Teresa Rees presenting at the European Gender Summit 2011