Equality and Status of Women in Research: A GRC Dialogue

14 May 2018, 09:00 — 14:30
Crystal Hall, Lotte Hotel, Novinskiy Boulevard, 8, стр. 2, Moskva, Russia, 121099


Time Session
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and Introductions

  • Prof Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair, Arts and Humanities Research Council and International Champion for UK Research and Innovation
09:15 – 09:30 The GRC Gender Working Group: Context, Priorities and Progress

  • Dorothy Ngila, Project Specialist, National Research Foundation, South Africa
Session 1: Promoting the Equality and Status of Women in Research: GRC’s Catalytic Role
Facilitator: Prof Andrew Thompson, UK Research and Innovation
09:30 – 10:30 Strategic Dialogue with Heads of Research Councils (HORCs)

Refer to background document for guiding questions

  • Dr Yaya Sangare, Executive Secretary, Programme d'Appui Stratégique à la Recherche Scientifique (PASRES), Côte D'Ivoire
  • Dr Prudence Williams, General Manager Science Investment, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand
  • Dr Phethiwe Matutu, Group Executive: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships, National Research Foundation, South Africa
  • Dr Hilal Ali Al-Hinai, Secretary General, The Research Council (TRC), Oman
  • Dr Julia Tagüeña Parga, Deputy Director General for Scientific Development, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), México
10:30 – 10:45 Refreshments
Session 2: Gender Disaggregated Data in Focus
Facilitator: Dr Ines Medved, Programme Officer, German Research Foundation
10:45 – 10:50 Why a focus on gender disaggregated data
10:50 – 11:00 RFBR efforts in supporting research reflecting gender disaggregated data

  • Prof Olga Dontsova,, Board Bureau Member, Russian Foundation for Basic Research
11:00 – 11:10 Synthesis Report on the Status of Collecting and Reporting Gender-Disaggregated Data in Science Granting Councils

  • Roshni Abedin,, Senior International Policy Manager, UK Research and Innovation
11:10 – 11:30 Improving Measurement and Policies for Gender Equality in STEM: Reflections from UNESCO/SAGA

  • Dr Kim Deslandes,, Statistical and Research Assistant, UNESCO Institute for Statistics
11:30 – 11:50 Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations: Experiences from Science Europe

  • Maud Evrard,, Head of Policy, Science Europe
11:50 – 12:20 Facilitated discussion

Refer to background document for guiding questions

12:20 – 12:30 Summary, final remarks and closure

  • Dorothy Ngila and Roshni Abedin

    GRC Gender Working Group
12:30 – 14:30 GRC Gender Working Group Meeting

Closed session


In 2016 GRC participants endorsed the Statement of Principles and Actions Promoting the Equality and Status of Women in Research1. Anchoring the ten actions are two considerations: the participation and promotion of women in the research workforce; and the integration of gender in research design and analysis of research outcomes. This session will facilitate an exchange of perspectives by heads of research councils on the global implementation of the GRC statement of principles and action plan. The session will also advance action 2: collect and make available data (against consistent parameters) for comparative analysis.

Purpose and Intended Outcomes

Framing the Sessions

Promoting the Equality and Status of Women in Research: GRC’s Catalytic Role: High level strategic dialogue with heads of research councils. This moderated session seeks to obtain strategic input and sharing of best practices in accordance with the ten actions endorsed by the GRC in 2016. The session will be guided by the following questions:

The questions will also be asked to other HORCs who are invited to the dialogue.

Gender Disaggregated Data in Focus: The availability of disaggregated data on participation in research by different groups (for example by gender, by age, by discipline) facilitates benchmarking and a better understanding of the needs of different research systems. The working group has prioritised data as a first focus because it underpins strategic direction and change. This session will strengthen an appreciation of experiences in the collection and reporting of gender disaggregated data by research councils. Dialogue participants are requested to prepare input for this session in response to the following questions: