Women in Science, Health and Innovation: Leadership Looking To The Future (March 7th) [fr]


The conference

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Consulates-General of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and Neuroethics Canada at the University of British Columbia, hosted the conference: "Women in Science, Health and Innovation: Leadership Looking To The Future" on March 7th.

Each Consulate-General and Neuroethics Canada UBC brought national experts who shared experiences overcoming challenges in their careers. The sharing of their story was meant to encourage more women in those fields to succeed and thrive.


  • Corinne Alberti (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), France)
  • Robin Bennet (University of Washington, USA)
  • Ineke Klinge (University of Maastricht, Pays-Bas)
  • Simone Schürle (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Suisse)
  • Lesley Shannon (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada)
  • Ilina Slingh (University of Oxford, Royaume-Uni)
  • Christiane Woopen (University of Cologne, Allemagne)
  • Mona Nemer (Chief Science Advisor in the Government of Canada)

"The idea of organizing this event came to me and Judy Illes (University of British Columbia) when we completed a project in neuroethics together. We noticed that numerous recent social developments were advancing-similarly in both our countries-scientific research. Gender and women´s place in science are part of these considerations: we must take them into account and promote them. We then wished to organize a conference on this subject to discuss initiatives led in both countries and best practices to promote gender equality in biomedicine. This obviously caught the interest of numerous European partners who share those same values and who joined us in organizing a high profile event for Europe and North America (France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and United States)." Fabien Agenes, PhD, Science and Higher Education Attaché

Media coverage

- Radio Canada, March 7th
- Radio Canada, March 8th

- Téléjournal Radio Canada, March 7th (at 23’)

- Radio Canada, March 8th
- CBC, March 7th

The Conversation op-ed
- English
- French

Media reprise :
- World economic Forum
- First post (tech news)


More information on Women in Health, Science and Innovation.

Combating inequalities is at the center of the G7 French presidency, with precedence being given to gender equality.

For more information, visit Elysee.fr/G7

Dernière modification : 14/03/2019

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