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NSERC Framework on Diversity and Gender Equity

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
11 a.m. to noon
Science Building (UA), Room 1120

Presentation summary

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has been implementing initiatives to increase women and girls’ participation in natural sciences and engineering research since the 1980s. These initiatives are now being complemented by additional institutional commitments and a Council-wide action plan to increase diversity and gender equity as elements of research excellence. Our current strategic plan, NSERC 2020, has as one of the five strategic goals “Building a Diversified and Competitive Research Base” which includes gender equity as a key priority.

This presentation, recognizing the range of issues contributing to current participation rates of women and under-represented groups in science and engineering research in Canada, introduces the initiatives and actions NSERC is committed to and undertaking to increase diversity and gender equity among researchers, and inclusion of sex, gender and diversity considerations in research design.


Serge Villemure joined NSERC in 1991. Since 2010, he has been Director of the Scholarships and Fellowships Division. In 2013, he also became Director of the Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program and at the same time undertook the responsibility of increasing diversity and gender equity consideration in policies and programs, and ensuring Gender-Based Analysis capacity building across the Agency. 

Anne Webb is a Policy and Planning Analyst at NSERC. The focus of her work is integrating diversity, gender equity and inclusion considerations into policies and programs, and increasing GBA+ competency across the Agency. Prior to joining NSERC in the fall of 2013 she worked for over 20 years in the non-profit sector training researchers, designing and coordinating gender equality research internationally and in Canada to inform policy, program and institutional change.

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