Considering and reflecting Sex, Gender & Diversity Dimensions in Research
Since the DFG Senate's statement "Relevance of Sex, Gender and Diversity" of April 2020, the DFG requires that you reflect on your research design and content with regard to the consideration of gender and diversity aspects already in the research proposal. This is the only way to prevent gaps in the research results. The chapter "Relevance of gender and/or diversity" has now been included in all proposal templates.
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Research and product development are often based on one-sided normative standards. Variables such as sex and/or gender, social and/or ethnic affiliation, physical and/or psychological constitution, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or worldview, age, etc. often do not find adequate consideration in research designs and content.
This produces data and knowledge gaps that falsify research results, promote discrimination (e.g. sensors that only recognize light skin colors) and thus bias ways of thinking and decision-making, and - under certain circumstances - even pose a risk to life and limb of those who do not conform to the prototype (e.g. crash test dummies that are oriented towards the male physique).
In the sense of generally valid, transferable and sustainable research, scientists are therefore called upon to actively avoid or correct such biases in research.
Informations of DFG, EU, UN and UNESCO
- Statement "Sex, Gender and Diversity" of the DFG Senate of April 23, 2020 (only in GER) (pdf: 81 kb)
- DFG - Overview on the "Relevance of Gender and Diversity for Science and Research"
VIDEO European Commission (2018): The Gender Dimension in Research
Traditionally, science has always considered the male as the norm and built its results accordingly. But recent studies have shown that gender and sex can actually influence research results. This video explains how applicants to MSCA grants and H2020 projects can improve the quality of their research by addressing sex and gender in their proposal.
- European Commission 2021: The Path towards Gender Equality in Research and Innovation (pdf: 6988 kb)
The UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation
This UNESCO Chair has a double objective:
Firstly, improving the level of participation and leadership of women in science, technology and innovation, and supporting structural changes in organizations to achieve this aim.
Secondly, advancing the integration of gender perspectives in research, technology and innovation, and in higher education curricula in technological areas (engineering, planning, and architecture).
GIM-Tool: Gender Impact Assessment and Monitoring Tool
The gender impact assessment and monitoring tool (GIM tool) has been developed in the framework of the Women2030 programme, with the explicit objective of helping women and gender civil society organisations to implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a particular focus on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.
Additional Information on adressing Gender and Diversity Dimensions in different Research Areas.
- Project "Gendered Innovations in Science, Health and Medicine, Engineering, and Environment", Stanford University
- Gender in Research as a mark of excellence
EU Project TInnGO
TInnGO, the Transport Innovation Gender Observatory, is a 3 years’ research project funded in the context of the HORIZON 2020 Programme of the EU, aiming to create a framework and mechanisms for a sustainable game change in European transport through a transformative strategy of gender and diversity sensitive smart mobility.
VIDEO - IDEA League (2022): Gendered and Inclusive Research and Innovation
Gendered and inclusive research and innovation concern everyone. Have a look at a few examples of how the IDEA League combines strengths to systematically implement gendered and inclusive research in technological disciplines.
EU-Project GENDERACTION - Webinar: Gender Dimension in Research
Video of the webinar on gender in research content organised by GENDERACTION on 1st of June 2021.
- Intersectional Design Cards