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STOA working breakfast launching GenPORTThe GenPORT FP7 project -Your Gateway to Gender and Science Resources – officially launched its Internet Portal (www.genderportal.eu) at the European Parliament during a working breakfast hosted by the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, and attended by MEPs representing the Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) committees, on the 21st April 2016 in Brussels. Portia is a member of the consortium delivering the project, responsible for dissemination and community building. Five MEPs (Mairead McGuinness, EP Vice-President responsible for STOA, Eva Kaili, STOA First Vice-Chair,Terry Reintke, FEMM Committee member, Clare Moody, STOA Panel member and FEMM Committee member, Julie Ward, FEMM Committee member) attended presentations made by renowned Gender and STEM experts, Prof Liisa Husu and Prof Martina Schraudner,  along with 64 participants from over 15 European countries. They gave an insight into the current European context and looked to the future, to how including gender considerations can boost innovation. Jörg Müller, Senior researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Spain, and GenPORT Coordinator, presented the portal and its functionalities designed to support the STEM community in Europe. The launch then relocated to nearby Residence Palace Press Centre for a Stakeholder Forum, which saw contributions from research funders, university associations, civil society and media representatives (listed below) and critical reflection of how GenPORT can further support them in achieving their goals. 60 participants representing 48 organisations from 18 countries attended. We were delighted with the very strong demand for the event, which reached capacity within a week of opening registration. Please sign up to GenPORT to keep up to date with our other activities. www.genderportal.eu

21 April 2016