JRC at the 4th Gender Summit Europe 2014
The JRC-COIN was invited at the Gender Summit Europe 2014 -From Ideas to Markets: Excellence in mainstreaming gender into research, innovation, and policy- organized in Brussels, on 30 June - 01 July 2014 and hosted by the European Commission. Since 2011, the Gender Summits provide a forum for interdisciplinary debates on issues of innovation and scientific excellence, including gender issues. In 2013, the Summit was extended to include also transatlantic institutions such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC - CRSNG), Mexico’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The 2014 Summit was opened by Participants at the 2014 edition included Vladimir Sucha, Director General of the JRC, Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director General of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, as well as researches and representatives from other organizations.
The JRC-COIN presentation was titled "Validating the IUCN's Environment and Gender Index". The Environment and Gender Index (EGI) was launched in 2013 by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The JRC has worked iteratively with the EGI developing team in order to arrive at an index that meets international quality standards. The JRC simulations and validation tests ensuring the transparency and reliability showed that the EGI summarises different aspects of gender equality within the context of global environmental governance in a more efficient and parsimonious manner than what is possible with a collection of relevant indicators taken separately. The EGI can facilitate discussion about best practices among the highest ranking OECD countries, and in the case of the countries at the bottom of the ranking, can help donors identify countries where they need to concentrate efforts. The JRC-COIN summed up the audit of the EGI as “statistically coherent, a good summary measure, and sufficiently robust to changes in the weights and missing data estimation.” The EGI has been well received online, often coming up as one of the top Google search results for “gender index” after the OECD’s Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) and World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report.