Concerns about gender issues have been historically investigated by the social sciences.  The evidence of gender bias in the life and clinical sciences, which emerged in the last 10-15 years, promoted interest in gender issues in connection to health.  The dialogue that Portia is promoting advances these developments further by raising awareness of the impact on quality of research and innovation and includes all relevant stakeholders.

When framing the content of the dialogue, we follow and respond to policy developments and emerging issues as well as trends in research and innovation.  For example, the 2nd European Gender Summit is used to introduce three new themes to the gender discourse: age, gender as a 'big ticket' time, and creating a gender equality standard for research and innovation.