The 4th Congress of the International Society of Gender Medicine was held in Berlin on November 6-8, 2009, welcoming participants from all over the world. The dean of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin,
Prof. Annette Grüters-Kieslich, opened the meeting and welcomed the guests. All participants greatly enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere and the opportunity to be part of the Berlin community celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.
Keynote lecturer Londa Schiebinger, Stanford, elaborated her concept to approach gender issues:
1st: fix the researchers,
2nd : fix the institution, and
3rd : fix the knowledge.
This means that increasing the number of female researchers is important but it alone will not lead to significant success. We need to improve at the same time the acceptance of female researchers by the universities and to close the knowledge gap on sex/gender issues.