Londa Schiebinger Lecture (November 27, 2023)


Gendered Innovations: Enhancing Excellence in Science and Technology

posterflyerProfessor Londa Schiebinger, an advocate of gendered innovations, will discuss the potential for new discoveries and innovations by incorporating sex, gender and intersectional perspectives into scientific and technological research. There is a growing awareness of the importance of gendered innovations not only in the health and medical fields but also in engineering fields such as robotics and computer science. Learning about the latest case studies and relevant policies in each country will provide clues for the future development of gender innovations in Japan. We look forward to your participation in this cutting-edge discussion on gender innovations. Professor Schiebinger will be visiting Japan for this event, and we look forward to seeing you at the Ochanomizu University Auditorium.



Monday, November 27, 2023.  13:20-14:50


Ochanomizu University Auditorium and Zoom Webinar

(admission free, registration required)


Open to the public

Registration Period

From: Wednesday, October 25

To:  [Auditorium] Thursday, November 23  and  [Zoom] Sunday, November 26


English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretations


Institute for Gendered Innovations, Ochanomizu University


Institute for Gendered Innovations (email: igi-office@cc.ocha.ac.jp)



Opening by Moderator: Misako Kato (Deputy Director, IGI/ Trustee and Vice President, Ochanomizu University)

Opening Remarks: Yasuko Sasaki (President, Ochanomizu University)


Presentation: “Gendered Innovations: Enhancing Excellence in Science and Technology”

Professor Londa Schiebinger (Stanford University)


Questions and Answers


Closing Remarks: Masako Ishii-Kuntz (Director, IGI/ Trustee and Vice President, Ochanomizu University)

Title and abstract

Gendered Innovations: Enhancing Excellence in Science and Technology
How can we harness the creative power of sex, gender, and intersectional analysis for discovery and innovations? This talk will explore what gendered innovations is, how it works, its methods, and case studies. As time allows, we will take case studies from health & biomedicine, machine learning/artificial intelligence, robotics, climate change, and computer science curriculum. We will also discuss policy initiatives at funding agencies, peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature, and universities and research institutions. To match the global reach of science and technology, Gendered Innovations was developed through a collaboration of over 220 experts from across the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia. Major funders include the European Commission, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and Stanford University. Participants may wish to read: Sex, Gender Analysis Improves Science and Engineering Nature (2019); Science (2022); Gendered Innovations 2: How Inclusive Analysis Contributes to Research and Innovation (Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2020), Ensuring that Biomedical AI Benefits Diverse Populations eBioMedicine (2021), and A Framework for Sex, Gender, and Diversity Analysis in Research Science (2022). For late-breaking news on research in this area, join the Gendered Innovations listserv.


LondaSchiebinger Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University, and Founding Director of Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment. She is a leading international expert on sex, gender, and intersectional analysis in science and technology and has addressed the United Nations, the European Parliament, and numerous funding agencies on the topic. Schiebinger received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Universitat de València, Spain, 2018; Lunds Universitet, Sweden, 2017; Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2013. Her prize-winning books include: The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science (Harvard University Press, 1989); Nature’s Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (Beacon Press, 1993; Rutgers University Press, 2004); Has Feminism Changed Science? (Harvard University Press, 1999); Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (Harvard University Press, 2004); Gendered Innovations: How Gender Analysis Contributes to Research (European Commission, 2013); Secret Cures of Slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World (Stanford University Press, 2017); and with Robert N. Proctor, Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance (Stanford University Press, 2008). Her books have been translated into numerous languages.

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