Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz

Former Institute Director and University Professor, DLR Institute of Transport Research

Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz

From 2007-2021, Barbara Lenz was Director of the DLR Institute for Transport Research in Berlin and Professor of Transport Geography at Humboldt University. Her research interests within social science mobility and transport research include the transformation of the transport sector, acceptance and effects of automated driving, new mobility concepts as well as mobility concepts in an informal context. She is active in numerous bodies: among others, she chairs WG 2 "Alternative Drive Systems and Fuels" of the National Platform Future of Mobility, she is a member of the EU Mission Board for "Climate neutral and smart cities", belongs to the Advisory Board Science of the Climate Council of the City of Vienna and is a member of the Climate Advisory Board of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Within the EU Advisory Group on Gender, she worked as an expert on mobility and transport (Smart Mobility | Gendered Innovations ( She is co-author of several standard works, such as the Handwörterbuch für Stadt- und Raumentwicklung, the Elsevier International Encyclopaedia of Transportation and the White Paper "Autonomous Driving".

“Gendered Innovations is an important approach on the way to a gender-equitable perspective on mobility - especially through its solution orientation.”

Dr. Clemens Striebing

Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer IAO

Dr. Clemens Striebing

Clemens Striebing is Senior Researcher with a focus on organization research at the Center for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI) of Fraunhofer IAO in Germany. He has studied political science and public law at the Free University of Berlin and received his doctorate in organizational sociology from the University of Heidelberg. At Fraunhofer CeRRI, Clemens Striebing is dealing with problems of gender equality in the innovation system, organizational cultures and the transfer and exploitation of research outputs. His experience includes participation in numerous national and international research projects for public and private clients. Clemens Striebing teaches the concept of "Gendered Innovations" at the Chair of Gender and Diversity in Technology and Product Development of Martina Schraudner at Technical University of Berlin.

"Companies often lack the time, money and know-how to optimally adapt innovative products and services to different end users. The Gendered Innovations concept empowers thinking about the needs of different target groups in innovation processes from the very beginning."

"Especially in the large German industries such as automotive construction, electrical engineering or chemistry, novel products are usually developed by male R&D teams, which are also addressed to female target groups. The Gendered Innovations concept creates awareness of the resulting safety and health risks as well as hidden market potentials."   

Dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer

Director, Portia Ltd and Portia gGmbH, Head of Strategy for Gender Summit platform

Dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer

Elizabeth Pollitzer, (PhD (InfSc), BSc (Bio/Phys)) is the founder and director of Portia, since 2001. Portia/Elizabeth was Coordinator and lead partner in the EU-funded genSET project, which led to the creation of the Gender Summits platform for dialogue in 2011. In the 10 years since, Portia co-convened 21 summit events across five global regions.  Elizabeth has 20 years’ of academic experience teaching and researching in the Departments of Computing and in The School of Management at Imperial College, as well as at the Royal Holloway College, University of London. She was involved in many EU-funded projects, as well as acting as European Commission’s expert evaluator. Her original training was in Biophysics. She now applies her scientific and technology backgrounds to advance understanding of gender dimensions in research and innovation, promoting measures to correct gender biases and gaps in available research evidence and methods, and to prevent such shortcomings in the production, application and communication of science knowledge in the future.

“Gendered Innovation is essentially about quality of research. Science knowledge today has more evidence for males and men (who historically have dominated studied populations) than for females and women (who were often excluded as subjects in past studies). Often, this has created the perception of male being the norm, resulting in the quality of research outcome being often worse for women compared to men. Gendered Innovations help: 1) correct past biases and gaps in knowledge that disadvantage women, or men;  2) ask new research questions and apply discoveries of where sex/gender differences matter; 3) identify how sex/gender differences intersect with other characteristics such as age, class, life history, etc.; and 4) ensure that the quality of science knowledge-making itself benefits from diversity among who directs and participates in research.”

Ineke Klinge

professor emerita Gender Medicine, Maastricht University; president Dutch society for Gender & Health

Ineke Klinge

Ineke Klinge recently worked as Rapporteur for the EU funded Expert Group Gendered Innovations 2 which produced the Policy Review Gendered Innovations 2 : How inclusive analysis contributes to Research and Innovation (2020). Her longstanding involvement with EU research policy is demonstrated from chairing the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Gender at the European Commission (2014-2018) and being the Rapporteur as well of the first edition of Gendered Innovations (2011-2013), developed together with Londa Schiebinger from Stanford University. She held positions as professor Gender Medicine at the University of Göttingen (2008-2009) and Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin (2015) and as associate professor of Gender Medicine at Maastricht University (until 2014). Her background lies in biomedical sciences and gender research and her work has focused on innovation of methodologies for biomedical and health research. Her book Sex and Gender in Biomedicine. Theories, Methodologies, Results was published in 2010. She serves on various advisory boards a.o. the Canadian Institute for Gender and Health (IGH) and a number of EU project. In October 2017 the Dutch Society for Gender & Health was launched of which she is the first president.

“To see the relevance of paying attention to sex, gender and intersecting variables is a first step; Gendered Innovations will teach you how to do it, and by doing so will improve the quality of health and wellbeing for women, men and gender diverse people”

Professor Londa Schiebinger

John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science and Director, Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment, Stanford University

Londa Schiebinger

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 gender in science and technology and has addressed the United Nations, the European Parliament, and numerous others on that 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. Recent publications include: Gendered Innovations 2: How Inclusive Analysis Contributes to Research and Innovation (EC, 2020); AI can be Sexist and Racist—It’s Time to Make it Fair Nature (2018); Sex and Gender Analysis Improves Science and Engineering, Nature (2019); Analysing How Sex and Gender Interact, The Lancet (2020); Ensuring that Biomedical AI Benefits Diverse Populations, eBioMedicine (2021).

“Gendered Innovations harness the creative power of sex, gender, and intersectional analysis for discovery and innovation. Considering these approaches may add valuable dimensions to research. They may take research in new directions.

Gendered Innovations:

  • Add value to science and technology by ensuring excellence, quality in outcomes, and enhancing sustainability.
  • Add value to society by making research more responsive to social needs.
  • Add value to business by developing new ideas, patents, and technology.”

Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner

Chair "Gender and Diversity in Technology and Product Development" at the Technical University of Berlin; Founder, Center for Responsible Research and Innovation at Fraunhofer IAO; Board member of the acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering and of the Technologiestiftung Berlin

Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner

Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner holds the Chair "Gender and Diversity in Technology and Product Development" at the Technical University of Berlin and developed the Center for Responsible Research and Innovation at Fraunhofer IAO and is a board member of the acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering and of the Technologiestiftung Berlin. With a PhD in biology from Technical University of Munich, Martina has held various positions at the German Research Center for Environmental Health (gsf), ETH Zurich and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ).

Martina is concerned with methods, instruments and processes that make different perspectives accessible and usable for innovation processes. With the communication project Stadt.Land.Chancen (City.Country.Opportunities), in cooperation with the ARD theme week, it brought the research field of the bioeconomy into the public discussion at an early stage. She is active in national and international committees for application-oriented research and innovation projects, among others as director of the Gendered Innovations Webpage, member of the Gender Summit Committee and the "Structural Change" group of experts of the EU. Among others she is member of the German Dialogplattform Industrielle Bioökonomie and Zukunftskreis of the Federal Ministry of Research and Education.

“In its new Code of Good Scientific Practice, the DFG has stipulated that the gender dimension be taken into account in research design. This once again underlines the importance of developing appropriate examples and teaching materials.”