27.09.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Women and Innovation in the Balkans

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This is the theme of the upcoming roundtable discussion organized by UNESCO Venice Office within the Trieste Next, the European Innovation and Science Research Forum (28-30 September 2012), a focus on science and gender to build a better future. UNESCO will bring together a number of distinguished women from Croatia, Italy, Serbia and Slovenia in a rich debate on the role of women in science and higher education and, especially on how women contribute to the innovation process in the South East European region.

The Trieste Next forum is a laboratory in which applied research and new technologies, concrete ideas and solutions coexist and find practical application that can enhance community wealth and business competitiveness. Food is not the only issue that will be addressed during this first edition of the forum entitled: “Save the Food”. Open access and science 2.0, mental health, climate change, women and research, as well as scientific publishing are among other major topics. Meetings, keynote speeches but also shows and performances will present science and its developments in an innovative way.

The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Venice (Italy), in collaboration with Trieste Next, is organizing a roundtable on “Women and Innovation in the Balkans” on 30 September, as part of its activities in the field of Natural Sciences and Gender Equality, to help draw a detailed overview on the issue of innovation in the Balkans, through the contribution of women and the comparison with what is happening in Italy and the rest of Europe.

Four distinguished women will participate in the panel discussions: Neda Bokan, Deputy Rector, University of Belgrade (Serbia); Anna Brusarosco, Geographer, Osservatorio dei Balcani e Caucaso (Italy); Vita Majce, 2012 UNESCO-L'ORÉAL International Fellow for Young Women in Life Sciences and post-doc researcher, University of Warwick (Slovenia); and Danica Ramljak (Croatia). The roundtable will be moderated by Paola Pica, journalist of the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Gender equality is a global priority for UNESCO. The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Venice (Italy) is taking an active role in promoting gender equality at all educational, scientific and cultural levels, particularly in South East European (SEE) countries. By promoting policy-oriented research, capacity-building, training and advocacy, there is hope that inequalities and social injustices will be overcome.

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