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Preface Dr. Barbara Hartung Ministry of Sciences and Culture Lower Saxony, Germany The German federal state of Lower Saxony has for a long time been supporting efforts to integrate gender into academic research. Following the recommendations of Reports from Research on Women: outlook for Sciences, Technology, and Medicine (1997), a Lower Saxonian research network for women and gender research was established and funded with the total sum of 7.5 Mio. DM over a time period of five years. In the year 2001, the Maria-Goeppert-Mayer-Programme for International Women and Gender Research was started: about 400,000 € are provided annually to award visiting professorships or lectureships to high-ranking foreign scientists, but also to junior scientists. The target of the programme is to integrate the most recent findings of international research projects into research and teaching in Lower Saxony, Germany. So far, 113 professorships and 30 lectureships were awarded, half of which were assigned to foreign scientists. In 2008/2009, Dr. Ineke Klinge, Maastricht University, held a Maria-Goeppert-Mayer visiting professorship in Sex and Gender in Biomedicine at Göttingen University, Germany. I appreciate the fact that results and contributions of an accompanying lecture series organised by Prof. Claudia Wiesemann, Prof. Silke Schicktanz and Dr. Inken Köhler from Göttingen University Medicine within the frame of this professorship have been gathered in the volume at hand and thus made available to a broader public. This is an important contribution to support and promote further discussions on the integration of gender aspects in biomedicine. ...


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