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March 26 Symposium "Advancing Research Excellence through Gender Equality"
~ Catalyzing Policy and Practice through Assessment ~
(March 26th, 2018)


Advancing gender equality in research has become a top priority for many leading research nations. As demonstrated by an increasing number of national funding and policy organizations (including Athena SWAN (UK), NSF (US), SAGE (Australia), DFG (Germany), EU Horizon 2020 (EU) and others), data and assessment of processes that promote gender equality are key mechanisms to help institutions strengthen and diversify their researcher and staff base, create better workplaces and form the foundation for internationally-competitive research.

This policy action dialogue symposium aims to build an international community of practice, to inform design and implementation of assessment frameworks, and policies to support gender equality. The workshop will provide a forum to discuss the wider impact of policies and assessment frameworks from Japan, UK, US and Australia, and practices that advance gender equality and research excellence.

We look forward to your participation.
March 26 Symposium "Advancing Research Excellence through Gender Equality"
~ Catalyzing Policy and Practice through Assessment ~
Dates & Time
9:30-17:00 March 26, 2018, Monday (Registration starts at 09:00)

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Bldg.
1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8524,Japan(MAP
11th Floor, International Conference Hall (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line = Toranomon Station (Exit 4; about 1 minutes walk)

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Symposium for Research Excellence through Gender Equality
9:30 - 9:35 Welcome Address Sasakawa Peace Foundation
9:35 - 9:40 Welcome Address
Ms. Maki Kubo, Special Advisor for Research Promotion, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
9:40 – 10:00 The current gender equity landscape in Japan
Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office 
10:00 - 10:20 MEXT policies to promote gender equality in STEM
Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
10:20 -10:40 JST initiatives to advance gender diversity in STEM in Japan
Dr Miyoko Watanabe, Deputy Executive Director, JST.
10:40 -11:00 Gender Equality metrics: analysis of assessment models and measuring gender equality in Japan.
Dr Lisa Frehill, Senior Policy Fellow, George Mason University
11:15 - 11:35 Making a real difference – leveraging international collaborations to advance gender equality through Athena SWAN.
Dr David Ruebain, CEO, Athena SWAN
11:35 – 11:55 Science in Australia Gender Equality (SAGE): Developing a national framework for assessment through Athena SWAN – insights for policy and practice.
Dr Wafa El-Adhami, Executive Director, SAGE
11:55 – 12:15 Supporting progress in gender equality – indicators and evaluation from the US
Dr Kellina Craig-Henderson, Deputy Assistant Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
12:15 – 13:00 Panel Discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:10 Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS),
Japan Prof Ryoichi Fujii, President
14:10 – 14:20 Tohoku University, Japan Prof Noriko Osumi,
Professor of Tohoku University, Vice-Director of the Tohoku University Center for Gender Equality Promotion.
14:20 – 14:30 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Prof Machi Dilworth, Vice President for Gender Equality and Human Resource Development.
14:30 – 14:40 University of Liverpool,
UK Prof Susan Wray, Professor of Physiology and Director of Athena SWAN.
14:40 – 14:50 New Mexico State University,
US University of California, Irvine, US
14:50 - 15:30 Panel Discussion
15:45 - 16:55 Deep dive session on international frameworks
16:55 – 17:00 Closing Remark
17:30 – 19:00 Networking gathering
Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation
Free, English-Japanese Translation available, issued on a first-come-first-served basis


Contact: Lily Yu and Yuka Yabashi, Gender Investment and Innovation Group
Tel: 03-5157-5280