The overarching theme of all Gender Summit events is “Quality Research and Innovation through Equality” but the London event is mindful of the consequences that Brexit will have for research communities and cultures in UK and Europe. Therefore the theme of GS15 is “United in Science and through Science”. Speakers at GS15 will present research evidence on when and how gender issues matter for science knowledge making and for quality of outcomes, including:

  • Why sex matters for human and non-human species, e.g. in personalised medicine, in lab-on-a-chip technologies, in survival of marine ecosystems when oceans acidify, and in preserving terrestrial biodiversity when temperatures rise due to climate change effects
  • How to improve STEM-related gender statistics, indicators and evidence for more effective gender equality policy design and implementation
  • How to change gender attitudes, cultures and practices in STEM institutions
  • How to benefit from gender equality best practice that has been developed and tested in a variety of EU projects
  • What steps must be taken to create a fair and effective scholarly peer review
  • Whet knowledge is needed to achieve the targets of the UN 2013 Sustainable Development Agenda
  • How the Gender Equality Plans and tools developed by physicists for physicists can help others transform organisational cultures in STEM.

The organisation of GS15 is led by the Science and Engineering South Consortium, a group of outstanding universities in London and in the South of the United Kingdom, and the event is hosted by King’s College London in their beautiful Bush House venue in Aldwych, close to many theatres, art galleries, museums and historic landmarks.

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The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2018. The theme chosen for 2018 isHyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics“.  The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on and around 18 May each year, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or a whole week. Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2017, more than 36,000 museums participated in the event in some 157 countries.

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The 15th Gender Summit will take place in London on 18–19 June 2018. The lead partner is the Science and Engineering South Consortium, a group of outstanding universities in London and in the South of the United Kingdom. Other partners include major research institutions in the UK and in Europe.

The theme of GS15 is United in Science and through Science. This theme was chosen to reflect the need to: 1) enhance the rapport between different actors and stakeholders in science endeavours (especially post-Brexit) built on shared commitment to gender equality and scientific excellence; 2) advance research for societal challenges with the required sensitivity to local needs and contexts; and 3) advance development and application of cross-disciplinary methods of sex/gender analysis, for example were basic biology, environment and socio-economic conditions interact to impact on outcomes.

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The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 will spotlight cultural heritage as a part of people’s everyday lives and, in particular, as an unexploited learning resource for young and old. Europeana ( Europe’s platform for cultural heritage and the digital face of this initiative, provides free access to 50+ million digitised items from 3.700+ museums, galleries, libraries and archives across Europe. Learners of all ages can make specific searches or explore curated content, such as online exhibitions, galleries, and digital learning resources with Europeana content.

First European Education Summit to have special focus on inequality in education

The First European Education Summit will be hold in Brussels, on 25 January 2018. The event will bring together decision makers, education practitioners, stakeholders and business leaders for a day of discussions on creating a European Education Area where innovative, inclusive and values-based education will be the norm.



Gender Equality Index 2017: Progress at a snail’s pace

Gender Equality Index 2017: Measuring gender equality in the European Union 2005-2015 – Report

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) published a report that documents the third edition of the Gender Equality Index 2017.  This updated Index shows where Europe stands today. Although there is a moving forward the overall progress is very slow. The EU’s score is just four points higher than ten years ago, now 66.2 out of 100. The top performing country is Sweden with a score of 82.6, while Greece moved to the bottom with 50 points. The award for the most improved country goes to Italy, which made a big leap and gained 12.9 points to place itself at rank 14 on the ladder.