In order to contribute to a fuller understanding of the issue and to assist the Commission in its deliberations, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW, now part of UN Women) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  convened an expert group meeting (EGM) on ‘Gender, science and technology’ from 28 September to 1 October 2010 in Paris, France.

The EGM explored the gender dimensions of science and technology, and identify policies and programmes that can accelerate progress towards the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs. It will examine strategies for:

* Increasing women’s access to and use of technology, including more gender-responsive products

* Increasing women’s access to and participation in science and technology education and training

* Eliminating barriers to women’s participation in science and technology employment

Preliminary list of participants

Experts

Gloria Bonder,  Latin American Postgraduate Institute in Social Sciences, FLACSO, Argentina

Monia Cheikh,  University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia

Flavia Franconi,  University of Sassari, Italy

Sophia Huyer,  Women and Global Science and Technology (WIGSAT), Canada
Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW)

Kong Ju Bock Lee,  National Institute for Supporting Women in Science and Technology (NIS-WIST), Republic of Korea

Jeffry Mallow,  Loyola University Chicago, USA

Verdiana Grace Masanja,  National University of Rwanda, Rwanda

Klaus Schroeder,  Design-people, Denmark

Mereseini Seniloli,  Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Federated States of Micronesia

Nikolina Sretenova,  Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

Viswanath Venkatesh,  University of Arkansas, USA

Judi Wakhungu,  African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya

Judith Zubieta García,  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico

Consultant
Londa Schiebinger,  Stanford University, USA

Observers
A small number of observers from Governments, the United Nations, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia will also attend the EGM.

Background, Expert and Observer and related papers can be found here

The final report can be found here