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At the Gender Summit Europe, Elsevier’s CEO talks about how we are collaborating with the research community to improve gender balance in science. Since joining Elsevier, I’ve learned a lot about the important work being done by the Gender Summit in communities around the world and the efforts to forge a deeper understanding of what we all know: that inclusion in research leads to better science more likely to include… [Read more]

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  Held throughout the world, the Gender Summit serves as a forum for researchers, scientific institutions, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss gender impact on scientific research and innovation. Founded by Dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director of Portia, a British nonprofit gender in science organization, the summit aims to “make gender equality in science and research the norm” and promote the inclusion of the gender dimension in STEM research. Elsevier first became… [Read more]

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Elsevier CEO Ron Mobed talks about the importance of gender diversity in science Diversity in research leads to better science. Better science leads to a society that is more informed and better equipped to make good decisions. That is the enormous value of science and the enormous value of diversity. While diversity has many facets – from scientific discipline, gender, ethnicity and nationality, to name a few examples –… [Read more]

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Tokyo event brought together 600 people from industry, academia and government to advance gender equality in science and society ©Portia Ltd Despite strides being made globally to achieve gender balance in research – as evidenced in the report published by Elsevier in March – many issues persist that severely hamper innovation and socioeconomic development. The 10th edition of the Gender Summit (GS10), which took place in Tokyo on… [Read more]

GS Africa 2015
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Gender is now a criterion for grant funding in the new EU Framework Programme: Horizon 2020 Society today faces many challenges that require imaginative and sustainable solutions, so it is timely to bring women to the heart of research and innovation. An EU initiative and Gender Summit take a new approach to accomplishing this longtime goal. For the first time in the history of European research programs, gender… [Read more]

Gender Summit Ylann Schemm Interview
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In June, Ylann Schemm, head of Elsevier’s Corporate Responsibility program, attended the Gender Summit 4 – Europe 2014, From Ideas to Markets: Excellence in mainstreaming gender into research, innovation, and policy. Ylann’s interview can be seen here: Gender Summit Speaker Interview – Ylann Schemm. The Gender Summits are dedicated to supporting and advancing excellence and effectiveness of research and innovation at all levels, through the inclusion of gender. The overarching theme of… [Read more]

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During the last 10 years, the number of female PhD graduates in Europe has been growing at twice the rate of that of men, with 49% of PhD degrees being now awarded to women. In the US it is 50%. On this trend, there will be soon more highly educated women in society than men. During this time, however, the number of women reaching top academic positions has… [Read more]

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A new report features examples of novel approaches to supporting women’s career progression, especially in the early stages.  Titled From Ideas to Markets: the Gender Factor, it shows how gender can make research more meaningful and open up new markets for scientific knowledge. It was developed by Portia Ltd with funds from the Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars program to support discussion at the2012 European Gender Summit, held at the European Parliament in Brussels. Based… [Read more]