Save the date: the next two Gender Summits will take place, for the first time, in Tokyo and Canada

Save the date: the next two Gender Summits will take place, for the first time, in Tokyo and Canada


  • Tokyo Gender Summit

“Better Science and Innovation through Gender, Diversity and Inclusive Engagement”

Date : 25 – 26 May 2017 (Thursday – Friday)

Venue : Hitotsubashi Hall (2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)


Japan has lagged behind in attaining a Gender Equal Society and that is why the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) decided to cooperate with the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) in order to organize the Gender Summit 10.

There will be six interesting working groups (1.Benefits from Women’s Participation for Science, Technology and Innovation ; 2.Developing Evaluation Methods for Diversity in Research ; 3.Gender Dimensions in Sport ; 4.Promotion of Gender Equality by Improving Access and Use of Researcher Database ; 5.Equal Opportunities for Women & Men in STEM Education ; 6.Gender Equality from Perspective of Men and Boys) and Plenary sessions with mainly top-priority global issues tackled by female researchers, and social responsibilities of science.

The event is supported from the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Cabinet Office, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), the Japan National Committee for UN Women and Japanese National Commission for UNESCO.

Please note that the official language will be English with a partial simultaneous interpretation.

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  • Montréal Gender Summit

Embracing pluralism and thriving through diversity – shaping science and innovation”

Date : 6 – 8 November 2017 (Monday – Wednesday)

Venue : Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel – 1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West – Montréal


President of “Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada” states that “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”.

The program of the summit 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. The particularity of North America Summit is that the Summit will not be limited to differences based on sex or gender, but will focus on equality and diversity in the broad sense, including parenting issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Aboriginal communities. Discussions will extend beyond the STEM disciplines to include research in the humanities and health sciences.

Participants will also have the unique opportunity of participating in Canada’s 150th and the city of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.


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