EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, and Engineering

HES: Ineke Klinge (Co-Director)
Funder: EC FP7

Ineke Klinge leads the Expert Group Innovation through Gender funded by the European Commission in collaboration with Londa Schiebinger, John Hinds professor at Stanford University.

The Gendered Innovations project: 1) develops practical methods of sex and gender analysis for scientists and engineers; 2) provides case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to innovation. It is crucially important to identify gender bias and understand how it operates in science and technology. But analysis cannot stop there: Analyzing sex and gender prospectively can serve as a resource to stimulate new knowledge and technologies. From the start, sex and gender analyses act as “controls” (or filters for bias) to provide excellence in science, health & medicine, and engineering research, policy, and practice.

The Gendered Innovations project was initiated at the Clayman Institute at Stanford University, July 2009. The project entered into a collaboration with the European Commission, January 2011. In addition to drawing experts from across the US, Gendered Innovations now involves experts from the EU 27 Member States.

The goal of the Gendered Innovations project is to provide scientists and engineers with practical methods for sex and gender analysis. To match the global reach of science and technology, methods of sex and gender analysis were developed through international collaborations, as recommended in the 2010 genSET Consensus Report and the United Nations Resolutions related to Gender, Science and Technology passed March 2011.