As the only global association for science parks and areas of innovation, IASP acts as the reference point for our members and other organisations when it comes to new trends and needs in our industry and in society. To increase the visibility of women in our network, and help our members unlock the value of gender diversity to their organisations, we are pleased to announce the launch of Women in IASP as a subnetwork of IASP.
Women in IASP launch
Women in IASP was launched at IASP 2016 in Moscow at an informal reception where attendees got to know each other and started to shape the activities they want to see in their new subnetwork. The reception was attended by over 40 women from 24 different countries who agreed that the most important overarching aim of the subnetwork would be to inspire each other and the girls who are our future leaders.
Following a few words of welcome, IASP Chief Operations Officer Ebba Lund handed over to founder and coordinator Catherine Johns (NETPark, UK).
Catherine Johns commented: “I’m delighted that IASP has endorsed this idea so enthusiastically – it came to mind when I was having a conversation at the IASP World Conference in Beijing with another science park director, a lady from Iran and I started to think about how we could build on links made at the conferences and events in a sustained way and how the women in the IASP network and the science park industry could help each other. I’m pleased to be launching this subnetwork of IASP at the World Conference in Moscow.”
IASP Immediate Past President Jean-François Balducchi attended to say a few words of support, as did WANA Division President Mostafa Karimian Eghbal who initially introduced Catherine to her Iranian counterpart, and Director General Luis Sanz.
Why Women in IASP?
The value of gender diversity to organisations is becoming apparent, with our strategic partners, such as the EU, the UN and ASEAN, implementing programmes to encourage the visibility & representation of women.
Women in IASP will help women to be more visible and active in our network. An association such as ours is made stronger and more valuable through the participation of individuals who share their experiences and unique perspectives to the benefit of all. This subnetwork will help us to hear the voices of the women in IASP, and support them to achieve their professional goals, to the benefit of the science parks and areas of innovation where they work. We know that many of our members already informally mentor each other: Women in IASP will bring together that knowledge base and share success stories for the benefit of all our members.
How will it work?
Members of the subnetwork will determine its activities, which will include a regular blog, individual mentoring, social media presence to share success, a dedicated forum on the new IASP website, debates and networking, and a LinkedIn group. Members have been invited to share the top 3 professional challenges they face, as well as the top three societal challenges that they would like to work with others on to solve.
IASP subnetworks are made up of members to discuss matters relating to a particular topic or sector. They appoint a coordinator as an administrator and point of contact, are supported by the IASP Headquarters, and have a dedicated forum on the IASP website.
About the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)
IASP is the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation, founded in 1984. With nearly 400 members in 72 countries, IASP connects professionals managing science, technology and research parks (STPs) and other areas of innovation from across the globe, and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for members.
IASP members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs in their cities and regions, and contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology.
IASP is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and a founding member of the World Alliance for Innovation (WAINOVA).
For further information about IASP, please visit www.iasp.ws.