Save the Date: Gender Summit is coming to Canada for the first time in 2017

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Message from the hosts:

From November 6 to 8, 2017, close to 600 advocates of gender equality from science, innovation and development  will participate in the Gender Summit North America 2017, to be held in Montréal, Canada. It is a great honour for Canada to welcome the Summit and all of its participants for the first time. Those present will not only have the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions under the overarching theme of “Embracing pluralism and thriving through diversity – shaping science and innovation” but they will also have the unique opportunity of participating in Canada’s 150th and the city of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.

The Gender Summit 11 North America 2017 will be co-hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, in collaboration with many other organizations, including Portia Ltd from the UK, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the International Development Research Centre, the National Science Foundation from the US, and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique from France.

The Gender Summits are a series of interconnected, action-based events held across the globe since 2011. They follow the theme of “Quality Research and Innovation through Equality.” Their aim is to make gender equality in research and innovation the norm and to embed gender equality as a primary dimension of quality. The agenda promises stimulating discussions on themes like the benefits of pluralism, Canada and its commitments to supporting diversity, diversity in an international context, diversity and leadership, perspectives from academia, society and grassroots approaches, and many more. We invite members from industry, academia, research organizations, businesses, education, and other groups interested in gender equality issues to follow the discussions and participate in the dialogue emerging from the Gender Summit North America 2017. 

For more information, contact us at gendersummit@nserc-crsng.gc.ca or gendersummit@frq.gouv.qc.ca.    

Serge Villemure
Director, Scholarships, Fellowships &  Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering
NSERC

Maryse Lassonde
Scientific Director
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies
"Dr B Mario Pinto, President NSERCNSERC helps build and support a strong culture of scientific discovery and innovation in the natural sciences and engineering. In pursuing these efforts, we must fully embrace diversity and provide equality of opportunity across gender and culture. Diversity increases our power of sight and strengthens the science, technology and innovation ecosystem by providing multiple points of view. The Gender Summit will be the ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of diversity and share best practices for reducing barriers faced by underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics community."
Dr B Mario Pinto, President NSERC
"The progress and promotion of women in science, particularly in natural sciences and engineering, remains problematic, in Quebec, Canada, and abroad. At the same publication rate, the citation rate of papers published by women remains inferior to that of papers published by men. During the Gender Summit, we will discuss these issues and try to find solutions."
Dr Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec
Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec
 

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