Report of the Expert Group “Innovation through Gender”
Chairperson: Londa Schiebinger
Rapporteur: Ineke Klinge

“This publication presents the results of a group of more than sixty experts. With concrete case studies, the report shows that gender differences, in terms of needs, behaviours and attitudes, play an important role in research design/content, and hence, the societal relevance and quality of research outcomes. It also reveals that these differences may vary over time and across different sectors of society, thus requiring gender specific analyses. The report provides tools and guidance that will be useful to researchers when preparing proposals for Horizon 2020. Further case studies from EU and international research can be found on the Gendered Innovations website, which was created in cooperation with Stanford University.”

“In February 2011 the European Commission convened an Expert Group, “Innovation through Gender,” to help develop the gender dimension in EU research.

The work was initiated at Stanford University in July 2009. In 2011 and 2012, the Directorate-General for research & innovation of the European Commission (EC) funded the Expert Group within its work programme science in society of the seventh framework programme for research and Technological Development (EU FP7).
The goal of the Expert Group was twofold: to provide scientists and engineers with practical methods for sex and gender analysis, and to develop case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to new ideas and excellence in research.
To match the global reach of science and technology, the case studies and methods of sex and gender analysis were developed through European and international collaborations. The Expert Group consisted of more than sixty experts from across Europe, the United States, and Canada. Experts met in a series of peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary workshops, representing a unique collaboration between gender experts and experts in each technical field treated. Seven workshops were held in following places: Stanford University (February 2011); Fraunhofer, Berlin (March 2011); Maastricht University (July 2011); Ministry for Higher Education and Research, Paris (March 2012); Spanish National Cancer Research Center, Madrid (May 2012); Harvard University (July 2012); and Spanish National Research Council, Brussels (September 2012). Support was also provided to some of the US experts by the US national science foundation in 2012. Case studies were selected through the advice of the Expert Group and through collaborations with the EU FP7 project coordinators. ”

Upload the report (144 p. en): Gendered_innovations_2013