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genSET Science Leaders Panel convened at the first Consensus Seminar at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London icon genSET Consensus Report Recommendations for Action on the Gender Dimension in Science

Between March and June 2010, three genSET Consensus Seminars brought together 14 European science leaders to share knowledge and experience and arrive at a consensus view on the gender dimension in science and on the priorities for gender mainstreaming action in scientific institutions.  The question How European Science Can Benefit from Integrated Action on Gender framed the deliberations on the gender dimension, with a specific focus on:

1. bringing about greater equality of opportunity and treatment in recruitment and advancement of women and men scientists, and in assessment of their performance and work; and

2. Incorporating gender and sex in the research process, in science knowledge making, and in the science value system to improve quality and excellence of scientific endeavours.


Consensus Seminar Framework

The genSET Consensus Seminars adapted the format of the traditional Consensus Conference process, putting the science leaders in the role of a 'lay panel' meant to reach consensus with the help of gender researchers as 'experts' and science stakeholder institutions as their 'public.'  The consensus recommendations developed by the Science Leaders Panel, call for action in four areas of the gender dimension in science: science knowledge making, deployment of human capital, institutional practices and processes, and regulation and compliance with gender-related processes and practices.  (Find the recommendations and a detailed description of the Consensus Seminars process in the consensus report, Recommendations for Action on the Gender Dimension in Science.

See the biographies of the Science Leaders and other participants, read the briefing notes outlining the gender in science research and issues. Download the genSET Consensus Report Recommendations for Action on the Gender Dimension in Science for more information.