genSET is an innovative project aiming to improve the excellence of European science through inclusion of the gender dimension in research and science knowledge making. It is a forum for sustainable dialogue between European science leaders, science stakeholder institutions, gender experts, and science strategy decision-makers, to help implement effective overall gender strategies. The funding for genSET was initially from the European Commission, FP7 programme. The EC phase of the project ended in March 2012, and genSET continues as a programme run by Portia Ltd. The Gender Summits were established as part of the project and continue to run as a platform supporting and advancing excellence and effectiveness of research and innovation at all levels, through the inclusion of gender.
The Gender Summits were started in 2011 as part of the genSET project. This year saw the 8th Gender Summit, the first to be held in Latin America, Mexico City. Since its inception in Europe, the Summit platform has migrated to different global regions (Africa, Asia-Pacicif, North and Latin America) where the formulation responds to the regional context as well as building global links to support global change. The Summit returns to Brussels on Nov 8 - 9 2016 under the theme "Gender-based research, innovation and development for sustainable economies and societal wellbeing".