Discussion Themes

There will be several discussion sessions during the workshop. We mainly want women to participate of these sessions. In order to facilitate the discussion we are planning to divide the participants in groups. The last day there will be a plenary discussion session where the various groups will present the results of their discussions. The goal is to generate a list of recommendations or proposals and best practice lists that could be presented to different institutions or shared within our communities. There are two main themes that we would like to cover which are the subject of the two roundtables: “Gender equity in scientific and academic institutions: measures to advance” and ” Teaching science with a gender perspective”.

We include in what follows a list of questions that could trigger the discussions. Those that would like to include other questions or subjects are welcome to do it though the comments section that is available in the Workshop web page. People can write comments in Spanish, Portuguese or English.


-Teachers-students relationship in class. Who asks questions? How do teachers answer? Does it depend on who asks the question? Is there a different treatment depending on gender? Lectures, practical classes, labs, field work. 

-Teachers-students relationship during exams. Place where exams are given and taken. 

-Students-teachers relationship on other occasions. Support. Office. Advisory work of PhD, Masters and Licenciatura thesis.

-Buildings that hold the classrooms. Signs. Graffittis. Bathrooms.

-Relationship among classmates. Socialization. 

-Decision making bodies. Student Centers. Gender quotas. Political activities. Timetable of these activities. When and where are decisions made? Informal meetings? Who participate of these activities? 

-Harassment. Bullying. Mobbing.

Research or academic institutions in general.

-Which institutional changes do you think are necessary? How to prevent and handle cases of sexual harassment, discrimination or other related problems? An observatory of best practices? Institutional committee? Site visits? List of best practices.

-How to evaluate how good the institutional climate is for the development of female students and young researchers? A national standard? Site visits?

-What are the conditions for an institution to be considered “friendly” or “helpful” for the development of female scientists? Examples of some foreign programs that seek to promote gender related best practices giving some awards to those that improve their situation: Athena Swan (http://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/) for science in general and Project Juno (http://www.iop.org/policy/diversity/initiatives/juno/index.html) for the case of physics. Would it be good to have something like this in Latin America? What specific regional problems should we include?

-Role models of scientists. Stereotypes. How do universities, research institutes, media or other actors perpetuate stereotypes? What are the actions to change them? How do those stereotypes permeate society at large and secondary school students in particular? 

-Gender violence. How to prevent it. The protocol recently approved by the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Research institutions and funding agencies:

-Age limits. Affirmative action. Selection of evaluation committee members. Prizes and awards.

-CV templates and forms (CVAr, Curriculo Lattes, etc): which items related to personal issues should be included?