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Central Europen Centre for Women and Youth in Science
Scientific excellence and ‘sexy’ research Workshop on gender in biomedical and health related research

Date: 26th February 2007.

Venue: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Narodni 3 110 00 Prague 1

http://www.cas.cz/en/

By 1) providing information on why and how to regard possible sex and gender differences in research, 2) supplying practical tools to operationalize this information and 3) applying the newly gained knowledge to the research of the participants during the workshop, CEC-WYS seeks to empower researchers and equip them with the basic skills needed to conduct gender sensitive research.

The organisational budget will cover the travel and accomodation expenses of a number of participants. No knowledge of gender issues in research is necessary.

The workshop consists of the following elements:

1) Introduction, in which it is explained what role gender and sex have in research and how they can affect the outcomes; elaboration on the rationale to integrate them in research activities, good practices in other research.

2) Presentation of the ‘Gender awakening tool’, a step-by-step plan to integrate a gender dimension in research, that specifies where and how a gender dimension can be taken into account in which steps of the research process.

3) Application of the gender awakening tool to (own) research: first the tool is applied to a general example, after that participants are invited to apply it to their own research. Because the participants are asked to submit their research (proposals) in advance, the gender experts will be able to give tailored information to all course participants.

4) Presentation of EU regulations and guidelines concerning the integration of a gender dimension in research in history, present and future, with recommendations for proposers.

This workshop will be organised by two researchers specialized in the field of gender in research: Ineke Klinge and Linda Nieuwenhoven (Maastricht University).

Duration: 4 hours

workshop background

 

Sex and gender can and should be considered to influence an infinitive amount of research topics. Just to give an impression:

 

“Every cell has a sex”

Whether a cell contains an XX or an XY chromosome may have an impact on everything from regulation of gene expression in a cell line to the efficacy or toxicity of a pharmaceutical in living human (BMJ 2005; 330, 1170). http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/330/7501/1170-c?etoc

 

“Sex differences in biological pathways?”

While there has been much research to identify the function of cellular pathways and genes, research on the effects of sex as a modifier of cellular and gene function is under-investigated. Systemic and cellular modelling of the influence of sex differences in biological pathways and systems is needed, for example concerning 1) the determination of sex differences that may modify the role of known cellular pathways and gene defects in disease, 2) the development of novel methods of analysis to assist in discerning impact of sex in mechanisms of disease initiation, course, and response to treatment or other interventions and 3) the effect of biologic and behavioral sex and gender difference on quality of life and quality of care. (NIH) http://orwh.od.nih.gov/research/FY06research_priorities.pdf

 

“The gendered consumption of food”

Literature addresses the complex relationship between food, nutrition, masculinity, femininity, identity and power relations. There is a differential access (m/f) to food within households (Klinge & Bosch / European Commission, 2001)

 

“The gendered consumption of food”

Literature addresses the complex relationship between food, nutrition, masculinity, femininity, identity and power relations. There is a differential access (m/f) to food within households (Klinge & Bosch / European Commission, 2001)

 

 

programme

 

10.00 Registration & Welcome

 

10.30 Opening

 

10.40 Integrating a gender dimension in research Presentation on what is meant by addressing possible sex and / or gender differences in the research and why this is relevant for biomedical and health related research.

 

11.40 The ‘gender awakening tool’ Presentation of a tool to implement a gender dimension into research

 

12.30 Lunch break

 

14.30 Application of the tool to the workshop participant’s research (in groups)

 

15.20 Reporting findings back to group (plenary)

 

15.50 Mainstreaming gender in research Presentation on mainstreaming gender in (EU) research policies

 

16.20 Evaluation and follow-up

 

This workshop will be organised by two researchers specialized in the field of gender in research: Ineke Klinge and Linda Nieuwenhoven (Maastricht University).

Duration: 4 hours

 

Workshop training materials

 



Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science is a project funded by the European Commission
under Framework Programme 6 in the Structuring the ERA specific programme.