Gender in Research

Gendered Innovations

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A publication by the EU Commission explains and illustrates the relevance of gender in research and innovation. “Gendered innovations”, a joint project of the EU and the USA, aimed at developing methodically based case studies that show how a gender analysis, integrated into research methods, enhances new ideas and excellence in research. Researchers and engineers working in the field should be provided with methods that support them in that respect in their work.

In 2011 and 2012 a group of over 60 male and female experts from Europe, the USA and Canada organized a total of 7 workshops. The consortium developed case studies from different research areas that demonstrate the successful integration of a gender dimension into research.

On July 9, 2013 the article “Gendered Innovations, How Gender Analysis Contributes to Research” was published in Brussels. It contains 21 abstracts as well as eight complete case studies.
The publication offers researchers good support in designing their projects sensitive to gender and thereby enhancing the innovation potential of their own projects. More information on this topic is available on the website “Gendered Innovations Website”.

Especially in medicine and health research, gender-specific differences can play an important role, e.g. in the development of new cancer therapies.

Furthermore, editorial policies of many peer-reviewed journals take gender aspects with regard to research projects into account: “Sex and Gender Analysis Policies of Peer-Reviewed Journals”

In addition, a variety of national and international granting organizations require a gender analysis as an integral part of the grantees’ projects: “Sex and Gender Analysis Policies of Major Granting Agencies”

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