Sex and Gender Dimension In Frontier Research

Nov 16, 2020 7:30:00



Time Zone

8:30-18:30 Central Europe Time

About the Event

In tune with the ERC's mission and EU Commission goals, this workshop aims at creating a platform to showcase and discuss innovative approaches to address gender dimensions in research. Considering gender differences may add more value to research in some fields. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to raise awareness on how gender dimension, in the way research is designed, conducted and administered, influences the quality and usefulness of the results. 

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08:30 - 9:00 Virtual room opens

09:00 – 9:10 Opening address by Mariya GABRIEL, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (pre-recorded video)

09:00 - 09:15 Introduction by Barbara ROMANOWICZMember of the ERC Scientific Counciland Isabelle VERNOS, Center for Genomic Regulation (ES)

09:15 - 10:15 Keynote: Sabine OERTELT-PRIGIONE, Radboud University (NL)

10:15 - 10:30 Coffee break 

10:30 - 12:15  | Session 1: Gender in medicine and medical care
Moderator: Paola BOVOLENTAMember of the ERC Scientific Council
Rapporteur: Philippe CUPERS, ERC
Speaker: Natasha KARP, AstraZeneca (UK), “Sex bias in preclinical research: why it exists and why change has been slow”

ERC grantees:

  • Irene MIGUEL-ALIAGA, Imperial College London (UK)
    Project: IntraGutSex, “The sex of organs” 
  • Ted MORROW, Karlstad University (SE)
    Project: 2Sexes_1Genome, "Sex-specific genetic effects on fitness and human disease"
  • Nabila BOUATIA-NAJI, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (FR)
    Project:  ROSALIND, "Genetic investigation of challenging and atypical vascular diseases, predominant in women" 

12:15 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:45 | Session 2: Gender, demographics and behaviour
Moderator: Manuel ARELLANOMember of the ERC Scientific Council
Rapporteur: Angela LIBERATORE, ERC
Speaker: Nicola FUCHS-SCHÜNDELN, Goethe University Frankfurt (DE), “The gender dimension in economic research”

ERC Grantees:

  • Judi MESMAN, Leiden University College (NL)
    Project: Boys will be boys?, “The childhood origins of gendered societal roles” 
  • Iñaki PERMANYER, Center for Demographic Studies (ES)
    Project: EQUALIZE, "Equalizing or disequalizing? Opposing socio-demographic determinants of the spatial distribution of welfare"
  • Claudia ALLEMANI, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK)
    Project: VENUSCANCER "Women’s cancers: do variations in patterns of care explain the world-wide inequalities in survival and avoidable premature deaths?"

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 16:45 | Session 3: Gender and fairness in the digital society
Moderator: Barbara ROMANOWICZMember of the ERC Scientific Council
Rapporteur: Martin PENNY, ERC
Speaker: Nello CRISTIANINI, University of Bristol (UK) – “AI Bias from the Wild”

ERC Grantees:

  • Niels VAN DOORN, University of Amsterdam (NL) 
    Project: PLABOR, “Platform Labor: Digital transformations of work and livelihood in post-welfare societies” 
  • Krishna GUMMADI, Max Planck Institute (DE)
    Project: FairSocialComputing, "Gender Bias in Algorithmic Decision Making"
  • Sandra PONZANESI, Utrecht University (NL)
    Project: CONNECTING EUROPE, "Migration, Digital media and Emotions"

16:45 - 16:55 | Concluding remarks by Waldemar KUTT, ERCEA Director

16:55 - 17:15 Coffee break

17:15 - 18:30 Policy dialogue 
Moderator: Athene DONALD, University of Cambridge

  • Helena DALLI, Commissioner for Equality (pre-recorded video)
  • Lina GÁLVEZ MUÑOZ, Member of European Parliament
  • Marc ANGEL, Member of European Parliament

18:25 - 18:30 Closing remarks by Jean-Pierre BOURGUIGNONERC President

18:30 End of workshop