Gender is an important consideration when undertaking research. Insights from both men and women are needed to create higher-value products and services and ensure the competitiveness of European industry.
In particular, a balanced perspective is crucial for:
Nanotechnology is a subject of public debate, and everyone needs to be informed about its advantages and risks. Accordingly, information about nanotechnology and nanoscience must be presented and disseminated in a gender-sensitive way.
The Industrial Technologies (NMP) programme addresses these issues on a practical level. For example:
The NANOMAGDYE consortium is using nanotechnology to improve medical imaging. The project is carefully structured to separately develop and assess the new technology in both male and female bodies.
SKIN TREAT researchers are developing biotechnologies that accurately match drugs to skin diseases. As men's bodies and women's bodies might react differently to these personalised products, the project is designed to include an equal number of men and women as research subjects.
SERVIVE researchers are working on manufacturing customised products close to retailers and actively engaging consumers in the design process. A major consideration is whether the 3D-simulated dressed bodies will reflect the diversity of customers' body types, and whether the styles, colours, textures, models and garment types will reproduce gender stereotypes.
To learn more about these projects, click here. (PDF version)
To read about human papilloma virus (HPV) in the NMP programme, click here.
For more information on NMP research projects that directly address gender, click here.