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  • 1. GENDER DIVERSITY AND INNOVATIONS Dagmar CAGANOVAEuropean Forum for Innovation 2011, Rome, Italy, Dissemination and Personal Recognition 1 December 2011
  • 2. LAYOUT•  Historical Development and European Union Actual Trends•  Involvement of MTF STU in Gender Diversity and Improving Gender Awareness and Innovations•  Gender Issue and Innovations
  • 3. Historical Development and EU Actual Trends•  1957 - Equal treatment for women and men was a founding principle of the EU•  1997 - declares equal opportunities between women and men network of women (Treaty of Amsterdam)•  1999 - action plan to promote gender equality in science•  2000 - female workers have taken 3 quarters of the newly generated European jobs in Europe.
  • 4. The Europe 2020 strategy•  Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation•  Sustainable growth: promoting a more reasearch efficient, greener and more competitive economy•  Inclusive growth: fostering a high employment economy delivering a social and territorial cohesion. (
  • 5. She Figures•  A collection of available data related to the situation of women in science and research•  Cross national comparisons
  • 7. RELATIVE SHARE OF WOMEN AND MENIN A TYPICAL ACADEMIC CAREER FOR EU 25 15 % ! there is a little room at the top for women in science!‘SCISSORS’ DIAGRAM
  • 8. Proportion of women in leading positions according to ISCO 1 [6] 120 100 Number of Employees in Tousands 80Figure 60 40 20 0 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Year Men Women
  • 9. CONSORTIUM FOR DIVERSITYPARTNERS P01 IFW Dresden Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch, Prof.Mariana Calin P02 WU Vienna Prof. Wolfgang Mayrhofer P03 EPWS Brussels Dr. Maren Jochimsen P04 CNRS Grenoble/Nancy Prof. Dominique Givord, Prof. Jean-Marie Dubois P05 GA University Göttingen Prof. Konrad Samwer Gothenburg P06 UA Barcelona Prof. María Dolores Baró, Prof. Maria Jesus Izquierdo P07 JSI Ljubljana Prof. Spomenka Kobe P08 INT FZK Karlsruhe Prof. Horst Hahn Göttingen Oxford P09 Chalmers TU Gothenburg Prof. Uta Klement Brussels Dresden / Saxony P10 University of Turin Prof. Livio Battezzati Karlsruhe Nancy Vienna Bratislava P11 University of Oxford Dr. Nicole Grobert Ljubljana P12 STU Bratislava Prof. Oliver Moravčik Grenoble Turin P13 University Ioannina Dr. Christina Lekka P14 Saxon Ministry of Science and Fine Arts Dr. Eva-Maria Stange Barcelona Ioannina
  • 10. PROJECT OBJECTIVES•  strengthening the role of women scientists in decision-making•  supporting more transparent career appraisal system and stimulating research environment in the spirit of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their Recruitment•  enhancing solidarity and involvement of (male) decision-makers in promoting gender equality in scientific decision-making•  raising awareness within the scientific community, in the general public and among policy makers about gender and research
  • 11. Ratio of Women in Academic Senates Ratio of Women in Faculty Leadership (STU, 2009) Positions (STU, 2009) 630 525 420 31510 25 10 0 STU SvF SjF FEI FCHPT FA MtF FIIT STU FIIT MtF FA FChPT FEI SjF SvF
  • 12. FORMS OF SUPPORT•  Legislation•  Working Conditions•  Technical and Technological Conditions•  Overcoming of Thinking Schemes•  Supporting Attitudes and Environment
  • 13. PAST DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES•  Satellite Event: Attracting female students to scientific research International Doctoral Seminar, Smolenice , Slovakia May 2009•  Round Table: Young women in science international conference „Industrial Engineering Management and Quality for 21st century CO-MAT-TECH 2009, Trnava, Slovakia 2009•  Poster Presentations: EPWS Annual Conference Scientific culture, Communication, Gender-An Innovative Challenge for Women Scientists Brusel, Belgium 2009•  Poster Presentation: Dealing with Gender Diversity Principles at MTF STU International Engineering Trade Fair Brno, Czech Republic 2009•  Poster Presentation: DIVERSITY poster International Doctoral Seminar 2010, Smolenice, Slovakia ,May 2010
  • 14. PAST DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES•  Project networking activities (kick-off meeting Dresden-January 2009•  European Workshop „Leadership positions: how accessible are they for women in materials research? , Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain, May 2010•  Scientific conference - article "Promoting gender diversity research in Slovakia within 7th Framework Programme (FP)" 2010 European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering -EAEEIE Conference, Lithuania, 2010 [11]•  Project presentation in local media ( TV channel MTT, Slovak broadcasting)•  Questionnaire survey during Joint International IGIP- SEFI Annual Conference 2010, Slovakia (September 2010)•  Participation in trainings e.g. “From gender audit to profitable enterprise” organized by local authorities
  • 15. SUMMARY•  Project DIVERSITY - an accelerator for the institutional and cultural change for a greater inclusiveness of women at all levels of scientific research,•  She figures survey results - promote up-to-date situation, trends, urgency and importance of this subject,•  The results of McKinsey survey confirm that the crisis has not had impact on firms priorities or their efforts to promote GD and also reveals that gender diversity is often not a corporate priority,•  To continue in increasing gender diversity and innovation - particularly female element influences and contributes to better economic indicators,•  European Union legislative documents play significant role in this process.
  • 16. CONCLUSIONS - 7 FP•  support general Slovak trends which are supported by the EU,•  refer to Slovak practices in the area of gender equality,•  reflect the best practice and situations in Slovakia relating to gender diversity areas and innovation in academia and research organizations.POSITIVE EFFECTS OF GENDER DIVERSITY:•  driver of creativity and innovation•  increased international competitiveness•  improved efficiency and quality•  optimization of human resources
  • 17. ANNE MULCAYpresident and CEO Xerox CorporationDiversity is about more than race and gender,it is about more than numbers. It is aboutinclusion. Diversity means creating anenvironment where all employees can grow totheir fullest potential.
  • 18. REFERENCES•  Danilda I.-Thorslund, J.G. Innovation & Gender: Vinnova Sweden•  European Commission. She figures. - 2009•  Calin M. Diversity at the glance. – Germany. January, 2009.•  Complex report on the gender equality in Slovakia.•  European Commission. Mapping the maze: getting more women to the top in research. - Belgium, 2008.•  Caganova, D., Stefankova, J. Dealing with Gender Diversity Principles at the MTF STU, Slovakia // EPWS Annual Conference 2009. - Brussels, 2009.•  Caganova, D., Moravcik, O., Stefankova, J., Cambal, M., Gialampouki, M - Lekka, Ch.E.: Gender Diversity from the Slovak and Greek Perspective. In: EAEEIE 2011 : Proceedings of the 22nd EAEEIE Annual Conference - EAEEIE 2011, Maribor, Slovenia, June 13-15, 2011.•  Caganova,D., Stefankova,J., Sujanova, J. Improving gender awareness in the period of economic crisis. Proceedings from Joint International IGIP –SEFI annual conference 2010, Slovakia, 2010•  Stefankova, J., Caganova, D., Moravcik, O. Promoting gender diversity research in Slovakia within 7th Framework Programme (FP)// In: Electronics and Electrical Engineering. – Kaunas: Technologija, ISSN 1392-1215-No6(102). P.59-62, 2010.