This is a question which some pioneering countries like Norway, Sweden or Canada, where initiatives to improve the quality of science by promoting the integration of the gender dimension in both research design and the analysis of results already exist, have been answering for decades. The issue has only been raised in Spain in the last few years. And in Navarre?

The very preamble to the Navarrese Science and Technology Act,, which was passed in 2018 and falls in line with European and Spanish guidelines, indicates that “the gender perspective should be incorporated in scientific and technical research as a crosscutting category to be taken into account in every aspect of the process in order to ensure effective equality between men and women.”

You may think there are fields of R&D and innovation in which this question is not relevant. But we believe that raising this question is always relevant when it comes to achieving scientific excellence, even when the answer does not lead to research with a gender dimension. And we aim to pose it seriously to the Navarre Innovation System (SINAI), because the scientific-technical field is by no means an aseptic redoubt immune to gender bias.

Such bias, for example, means that most basic scientific research involving animal models focuses on males and ignore females. The results obtained in males are unjustifiably generalised to females. Even some diseases which affect women more often than men are mainly studied using male animals.

Car crash tests, which are carried out with standardised test dummies based on the measurements, weight and muscle mass of the average man, are another area where bias is evident.

And there is also gender bias in Artificial Intelligence, where, according to a recent UN report, the algorithms of the Apple, Google and Amazon virtual assistants further reinforce gender stereotypes.

And what is going on in Navarre? If we can address this issue together in SINAI (Navarre Innovation System), we will be in time to lead the way in our community in such an innovatively essential matter.

This aid guide prepared by ADItech summarizes the prior reflection process that the research staff of the Navarre Innovation System (SINAI) must undertake to incorporate an important indicator of excellence (gender dimension) in collaborative projects coordinated by ADItech and it subsidizes the Government of Navarra. Although these guidelines can be used for any type of project and / or scientific publication.

Download the Guide to including the Gender Dimension in Collaborative R&D and innovation Projects in Navarre here.