Gendered Innovations

Format: Public lecture
Date: 15 March 2018

A discussion on how Gendered Innovations in Imperial’s curriculum should better prepare graduates for business, as part of Women@Imperial week. The lecture was led by Professor Londa Schiebinger, Stanford University and Imperial Vice Provost (Education), Simone Buitendijk.

Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, and Engineering
In conjunction with International Women’s Day, Imperial College London host a week of special events in order to celebrate the achievements of its female staff and students.  On Thursday 15 March 2018, as an extension to the Women@Imperial week, we hosted a lecture on Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, and Engineering, with keynote speaker Londa Schiebinger.

Professor Londa Schiebinger
Abstract:
How can we harness the creative power of gender analysis for discovery and innovation? Schiebinger identifies three strategic approaches to gender in research, policy, and practice: 1) “Fix the Numbers of Women” focuses on increasing women’s participation; 2) “Fix the Institutions” promotes gender equality in careers through structural change in research organizations; and 3) “Fix the Knowledge” or “Gendered Innovations” stimulates excellence in science and technology by integrating sex and gender analysis into research. This talk focuses on the third approach. Schiebinger will discuss several examples of how integrating gender analysis into research enhances excellence in research, including case studies from stem cell research, animal research, machine learning, assistive technologies for the elderly, and conceptualizing big data. Schiebinger will end her remarks with practical outcomes and suggestions for integrating sex and gender analysis into research at Imperial College London.

Note: All case studies can be found at: http://genderedinnovations.stanford.edu/. To match the global reach of science and technology, Gendered Innovations was developed through a collaboration of over a hundred experts from across the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia. Gendered Innovations was funded by the European Commission, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and Stanford University.

View the full lecture by Professor Schiebinger