Thinking gender in science and innovation

Thinking gender in science and innovation: examples from research on COVID-19 and robotics
  • 14 April 2021
  • 13:00-15:30 cet (Brussels time)
  • Sabine Oertelt-Prigione
  • Roger A. Søraa
  • Mathias Wullum Nielsen
  • Linda Marie Rustad
  • Trine Rogg Korsvik
Learning objectives
  • Mutual learning and exchange: getting inspiration from others
  • Sensitise about the importance of including the sex and gender dimension in research content
  • Familiarise with methodologies and approaches aimed at including the sex and gender dimension in research content
Who is it for?
  • Researchers
  • Administrative staff working at academic/research institutions helping researchers with their applications to Horizon Europe
  • Gender Equality Plan team members in academic/research institutions
  • Gender Equality Officers/Gender focal points in academic/research institutions
Training Materials

Intro Presentation

Presentation by Sabine Oertelt-Prigione

Presentation by Roger A. Søraa

Presentation by Mathias W. Nielsen



Sabine Oertelt-Prigione

MD, PhD, MScPH physician, researcher and organizational consultant

Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, MD, PhD, MScPH is a physician, researcher and organizational consultant. She is specialized in internal medicine, public health and sex- and gender-sensitive healthcare. The goal of her team at the Radboudumc is developing and supporting the implementation of sex- and gender-sensitive research in healthcare. As a group they focus on a) advocacy and outreach activities, b) development of new methods for the investigation of sex and gender in medicine and c) implementation and evaluation of sex- and gender-sensitive approaches in clinical practice.</p> <p>She has developed the first international database about sex and gender-specific research, co-editor of one of the first textbooks in the discipline and has conducted the largest study in Europe on gendered harassment in academia. She was a member of the EU expert group “Gendered Innovations 2”, consults with national governments and funding agencies and advises startups that want to focus on sex and gender-sensitive topics. She is mother to a 9-year old daughter.

Roger A. Søraa

Researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU

Roger A. Søraa is a Researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, and NTNU Department of Neuroscience, with a PhD in Science and Technology Studies. Søraa works on several national and EU funded projects on digitalization and robotization, and has published widely on gerontechnologies, social robots and gender, including his recent paper “Queering Machines. Nature Machine Intelligence” and “The social dimension of domesticating technology: Interactions between older adults, caregivers, and robots in the home” in Technological Forecast and Social Change.

Mathias W. Nielsen

Associate professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen

Mathias W. Nielsen is an associate professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a sociologist by training and holds a Ph.D. in social science from Aarhus University. His research focuses on gender in science, including how gender diversity is linked to knowledge outcomes. His Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “New and Persistent Gender Equality Challenges in Academia” was defended in 2015, after which he undertook postdoctoral research in Gendered Innovations at Stanford University. Nielsen was recently a part of the European Commission’s “Gendered Innovations 2” Expert Group and has published numerous papers on the topic of gender in science.


Linda Marie Rustad


Linda Marie Rustad holds a degree in Philosophy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is actively engaged in Nordic, European and international cooperation on gender equality in research, including the gender dimension in research content. She has worked as a researcher and lecturer at Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo, Norway and has written several articles in feminist theory and reports on gender equality in research. Rustad has worked as a senior adviser at Universities Norway responsible for the Committee for gender balance and diversity in research commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Research. She was a former member of the Helsinki group on women and science in the European Commission and participates in several project funded by Horizon 2020, including GE Academy.

Trine Rogg Korsvik


Trine Rogg Korsvik is Senior Adviser at Kilden She holds a Ph.D. in history, specialized in the history of feminism and women’s movements. She has experience from European research cooperation on gender related issues and as a researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo. Since 2017, she is running the Kilden initiated project Integrating the Gender Dimension in Research, presenting best practices from a variety of scientific fields, and is managing Kilden’s women’s history project Trine has published numerous articles and books on gender related topics, including «What is the Gender Dimension in Research?», with Linda Marie Rustad.