Gender Sessions: Innovation Convention 2014

The Innovation Convention is an essential part of the Innovation Union flagship initiative, the European Union strategy which aims to create an innovation-friendly environment that makes it easier for great ideas to be turned into products and services that will bring our economy growth and jobs.

The Gender Sessions at the Convention will be:

The ERA Partnership as backbone of the European innovation eco-system(s)
Fringe session organised by the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER), Science Europe, NordForsk.
Studio 214/216, 10/03/2014 (14:00-15:15)
An efficient and effective European Research Area (ERA) is necessary for boosting innovation in Europe. During the session the following questions will be addressed: How to increase synergies between national research systems by making them more effective? How to exploit the innovation potential of transnational cooperation and competition in the best possible way? What are main issues for making careers in research and innovation in academia and business more attractive and how can researcher mobility be facilitated especially between science and industry? How to optimize gender diversity in academic and industrial research and innovation? Which steps are taken and will be necessary for stimulating circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge in order to foster innovation in Europe?
The session will provide insights into the individual and joint contributions of the ERA stakeholder organisations towards stimulating efficiency, excellence and growth in the European Research and Innovation Area.
Bridging the gender gap and accelerating innovative sustainable growth
Studio 213/215, 11/03/2014 (09:00-10:45)
This session brings relevant and high profile speaker dialogue with highlights of successful case studies that focus on the progress and impact of some of Europe’s most fascinating and worthwhile social and product innovations. A significant feature of the session shall demonstrate the capacity building measures taken by European Women Inventors & Innovators Network (EUWIIN) and the exchange of knowledge by the Platform of Women Scientists EPWS.
Furthermore, learn how EUWIIN have created opportunities and have assisted in boosting an increase in percentages since the 2009, European Commission report on ‘Evaluation on policy: Promotion of Women Innovators and Entrepreneurship‘ data which revealed women scoring less than men when accessing the level of innovation of their own businesses. In addition, learn from the talks by EPWS on the evidence of excellent research of innovation and gender dimension. Focus shall be on sustainable growth based on Innovation in technical fields and in many other domains. This session shall benefit from the participation of the winners of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2014 and Ms Gitte Neubauer, Laureate in 2011 who add impetus to the discussion that will follow.

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