07.09.2016 - Natural Sciences Sector

Second meeting of the SAGA Advisory Committee

The second Advisory Committee (AC) meeting of SAGA took place on 5 and 6 September 2016, at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Following a productive year during which methodological standards and instruments were developed, SAGA had much material to present and discuss with its AC members during its second meeting. The meeting took place immediately after SAGA’s first workshop with Uruguay as its first pilot country and prior to the First Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum-CILAC, both held in Montevideo, Uruguay.

A year after the first SAGA AC meeting held at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics in Montreal, Canada, the project and its AC members met for a second time to assess the project’s progress. The multiple SAGA outcomes, developed over the past year and consisting of the Science, Technology and Innovation Gender Objectives List (STI GOL) and the SAGA Toolkit, which includes the Matrix, the Survey of STI Policies and Instruments, and the Survey of Drivers and Barriers to Careers in Science and Engineering, were reviewed. This exercise allowed the SAGA team to benefit from valuable advices to improve the current tools and suggestions for new ones. For example, at the end of the project, the STI GOL will be updated to an improved version, which will take into account comments from the AC members and observations following its implementation in pilot countries.

The second AC meeting came at an opportune moment, as SAGA, currently in its second phase, which consists in piloting its instruments, had just held its first SAGA workshop in Uruguay on 1 and 2 September 2016. The presentation of the Uruguayan workshop outcomes and the interest received from other countries to pilot SAGA’s tools were well received by the committee. The SAGA team and AC members also discussed future initiatives in an effort to continue their work together to increase SAGA’s reach.

Lastly, Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, newly appointed UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality Policies in Science was welcomed to SAGA’s AC. All committee members have agreed to continue the cooperation and collaboration between their organizations and SAGA and expressed their satisfaction with the progress and usefulness of the project in promoting gender equality in STEM.

SAGA has another year full of events ahead as it continues to pilot its tools in countries around the world to keep on improving them, expands its reach by conducting surveys on drivers and barriers to careers in science and engineering across various segment of the population involved in STEM, and pursues its mandate of highlighting the needs for gender disaggregated data for countries to be in a better position to evaluate and improve national STI policies based on evidence.




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