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You are cordially invited to join us to view a Commercial Space and Sustainable Development roundtable that will explore the impact of gender/sex on innovation and novel technologies (iGIANT™) on December 10, 2016 from 5-6pm, at the historic Zanuck Theater on the Fox Studios Lot, 10201 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064. 


Gender and sex impact every aspect of our daily lives on Earth and in space. According to the National Academy of Medicine, “gender” refers to a person’s self representation as male or female based upon social interactions and “sex” is based upon an individual’s genes. Understanding and using these definitions correctly have become more complicated by the enhanced knowledge of the environment on gene expression (epigenetics).  


Thus, sex and gender are sometimes used interchangeably. NASA as well as other agencies and organizations, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have policies on the inclusion of gender/sex in research studies and programs.


The iGIANT™ program, designed at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and now a non-profit organization, consists of a series of roundtables and eventually summits, innovation prizes, scholarships, and a seal of approval for design elements to accelerate the translation of research into gender/sex-specific design elements, such as programs, products, policies or protocols.


The purpose of a roundtable is to establish a common dialog about best design practices and to inspire participants to serve as ambassadors for innovation. These events have convened stakeholders from government, industry, academia and advocacy groups. There have been 18 roundtables since the July 2015 launch at the Department of Health and Human Services as well as a roundtable at NASA Headquarters in August 2016 (read more here). Minutes from the most recent commercial space roundtable held in October are available here.


The iGIANT 2.0, a Commercial Space and Sustainable Development roundtable, will take place at the historic Zanuck Theater on the Fox Studios Lot in Los Angeles, CA. Join to watch a distinguished panel of leaders during this one-hour roundtable discuss challenges and opportunities to further explore the iGIANT™ on design elements.


Ultimately, the iGIANT™ will improve the safety and quality of life, including work performance for men and women on Earth and in space. More information about the iGIANT™ is available here.


Participants are also welcome to participate in the Raw Science Film Festival screenings and Awards Ceremony which will take place just before and after the iGIANT™ event.


Please RSVP for the roundtable here.

Please bring a photo ID for building security on the day of the roundtable.

Information and tickets for the Raw Science Film Festival are available below:  

Winners Screening December 10, 1pm – tickets

Awards Ceremony December 10, 6pm – tickets



Keri Kukral, BSE 

CEO, Raw Science


Chris Carberry

CEO, Explore Mars, Inc.  


Eliza Chin, MD, MPH 

Executive Director, American Medical Women’s Association 

Saralyn Mark, MD 

President and Founder, iGIANT