Video Interviews

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 11:34

Dr. Vernos ( ICREA Research Professor and European Research Council Scientific Council) explains in this video what can European Research Centres do in order to achieve gender equality. She presents, as good practices, the outcomes of the LIBRA project (which it is in an early stage of implementation) and the ERC’s gender balance working group. She then uses her field of research, Biomedicine, in order to illustrate why it is crucial for excellence and quality to include a gender approach to science.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 11:45

In this video, Dr. Claartje Vinkenburg (independent Consultant & Associate Professor at VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands) explores different issues that become barriers for women's advancement in academia. For example she highlights the lack of real meritocracy in these type of institutions or the consequences of combining care and research. She, then, offers a list of creative solutions for adapting academic careers to diversity.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:50

Rachel Herbert (Senior Market Intelligence Manager, Strategy at Elsevier) explains the main characteristics of the field of Gender Research according to analysis produced by Elsevier, one of the most popular information and analytics companies in the academic field. In this video Herbert exposes why Gender as a research field is growing relatively more than other disciplines, what are the countries leading this growth and its shape, networks and main topics.

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 13:02

Lotta Strandberg on on the Gender Paradox in Science and Innovation in Nordic Countries

Senior adviser, NordForsk; Associate professor, Bergen University College, Norway.


The “gender paradox” is a concept that describes that even if Nordic Countries achieve great rates at gender equality indexes, when focusing on the Research and Innovation field they rate at the European average (and sometimes below). In this video Strandberg addresses the causes of this phenomenon and the actions taken by Nordforsk in order to tackle it.  


Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:59

Professor Giampiero Favato, from Kingston University London (UK), is an specialist in Health Economics who argues that gender neutral health economic models create unsuccessful and expensive health policies. Taking as an example HPV vaccination he suggests adopting a gender approach to health economics discipline. In this video Prof. Favato expands on this argument and reflects on how health policies based on health economics can be better informed by a gender perspective. . 

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 12:54

Jeff Hearn, Professor on Gender Studies at Örebro University (Sweden), partner of GenPORT (ST&I) analyses in this video what masculinities have to do with STI. According to him it is crucial, first, that boys and men recognise that they are gendered and socialised in masculinity. He then expands on how the STI field is contstantly sourrounded by the values of masculinity and what can be done in order to correct it. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 19:42

On the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17th of May, Jeff Hearn, Professor on Gender Studies at Örebro University (Sweden), partner of GenPORT, offers this talk on sexualities in science, technology and innovation (ST&I). 


Sexualities in Science Technology and Innovation from GenPORT Project on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 11:53

Professor Kumie Inose,Vice-President of the Science Council of Japan, offers a first-hand overview of the situation of gender equality in science in her country. She speaks about both, the progress achieved so far through public policies as well as the key challenges that remain for making science truly  gender inclusive in Japan.

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 14:25

Watch this new video with Dr. Gerlind Wallon, Deputy Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) on how to push forward with gender equality measures in academic organizations.

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 08:19

Watch this excellent summary by Dr. Jacques Mairesse on the causes of the productivity gap between women and men scientists. Dr. Mairesse  is professor at CREST (ENSAE, Paris), UNU-MERIT ( Maastricht University), and NBER (USA). In this interview he will expose recent findings regarding the explanatory factors of gender productivity gap in science in terms of scientific publishing.

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 09:45

If you wonder how a gender dimension can be incorporated into R&D projects related to physics, please watch this interview with Prof. Dr. Ana Proykova who is a professor at Department of Atomic Physics at Sofia University (Bulgaria) and Vice-chair of Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, EC Watch.

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 14:31

As a contribution to the European Maker Week we present the interview with Dr. Marike Kolossa on gender-sensitive environmental monitoring.

Dr. Marike Kolossa is responsible for the German Environmental Survey and the German Specimen Bank which constitute two fundamental pillars of the the German system for health-related environmental monitoring. She works in the Department of Environmental Hygiene, Section Toxicology, Health related Environmental Monitoring at German Federal Environmental Agency (Germany).

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 14:27

In this video, Jeff Hearn provides a short but comprehensive response to the question “What is gender?”. Aimed it all audiences, he explains how bodies, social institutions or knowledge, science and technology are gendered. What is the distinction between sexual difference, sex and gender? And what are the social implications of using these different concepts? This short video addresses many of these fundamental issues including a reflection on the close connection between gender and social inequalities and power.

Any comments and replies welcome! 

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 11:44

Next in our video interview series, we have Sanne Peters who is a Research Fellow in Epidemiology at University of Oxford (UK). Sanne Peters will give a short introduction why a gender dimension is important in the field of Epidemiology and how it is best incorporated in concrete research. Her main field of interest is how risk factors of cardiovascular disease differ between women and men.