On October 19 2022, Gender-SMART partners met in Brussels for the project’s final dissemination event. During the morning session entitled « Harvesting lessons learned: Inclusive Workplaces & Sustainable impact », partners discussed their best practices elaborated throughout the project together with external experts and the general public. The afternoon session was dedicated to the young generations to discuss the challenge of inclusion in the digital age through a round table organised in collaboration with the GEARING-Roles project. About 100 participants from different backgrounds participated (both online and in-person) in this successful event that took place on the wonderful premises of the Museum of Natural Sciences.
Gender-SMART FINAL CONFERENCE: Harvesting lessons learned: Inclusive Workplaces & Sustainable Impact
THE AIM OF THE CONFERENCE
The aim was to share thoughts on the people, work, ideas, and commitments within our organisations with target groups (Sister institutes and stakeholders in the field of agriculture, food, and life sciences); good practices on institutionalizing and sustaining Gender Equality Action Plans for Research Performing and Research Funding Organisations (RPOs & RFOs); and pass on the experience gained to young potential change agents as the legacy of our project and inspire the next generation to put gender equity upfront and central in their work and life.
Meet our speakers and panellists!
Dr. Margreet van der Burg is senior university lecturer/research Gender Studies at Wageningen University, the Netherlands since 2001. She examines food, agricultural and rural research, innovation and development from a gender perspective and also takes the gender dimension as also intersecting with other social dimensions (gender+ / intersectionality). Her work includes gender and the development of agricultural educational and knowledge systems, family farming, agriculture oriented organisations, as well as rural, agricultural and food iconography and heritage. She expanded her work from the Netherlands to the European/western level and the global level, both historical and contemporary. Within her position at Wageningen, in 2006 she also served as Rural Gender Studies Guest Professor in the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Professoriate Program from German Lower Saxony, at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Goettingen, Germany. 10 years later she was visiting scholar with Carolyn Sachs, Professor in Rural Sociology and Women’s Studies at PennState University USA. Through the years, she engaged in many professional and outreach activities such as TV documentaries, travelling exhibitions, and conferences, professional networks and organisations. Recently she co-organized the 4-days online global conference ‘Cultivating Equality: Advancing Gender Research in Agriculture and Food Systems’, 12-15 Oct 2021. Currently, she is also daily project leader for her institution for EU Horizon 2020 Gender-SMART, no 824546, focusing on agriculture and life sciences, within the EU Science for and with Society programme (SwafS). In the project consortium she leads the work package for gender integration into education, research and funding. She is also gender co-expert for the Dutch NUFFIC Orange Knowledge Programme OKP-IRA-104278 PROJECT with 6 Iraq universities on Efficient Water Management in Iraq by Switching to Climate Smart Agriculture; and chair of the gender committee of the EU-Horizon -2020 project SPRINT, Programme for research & innovation no 862568 on Sustainable Plant Transition Research.