“I got a lot of great ideas to help lead my institution as we develop concrete equity policy and process. I am leaving inspired to not “just do equity” but to do it in the best way!”

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2018 Program


Day 1 - 11th October 2018

  • Congress registration and poster display commences – tea and coffee.

  • Organisers’ welcome and Chair introductions

  • Opening keynote: Understanding the impact of and reviewing Athena SWAN in the UK to create the catalyst for meaningful change in the global higher education landscape – Gary Loke, Director of Knowledge, Insights, Innovation and Delivery, Advance HE

  • Shared keynote: Identifying and addressing institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority and underrepresented staff and students – Prof. Archie Ervin, President, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (USA)

  • Networking break – tea and coffee served in the poster area

  • Session 1:
    Sharing best practice in implementation of equality and diversity strategy

  • Best practice examples of organisational structural interventions to induce cultural change to achieve equality and diversity – Dr. Anne de Graaf, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Amsterdam; Lecturer International Relations, Amsterdam University College

  • Seeing intersectionality through the lens of compassion – Dr. Kathryn Waddington, Reader in Work and Organisational Psychology (UoW) & Visiting Senior Fellow (CDII), University of Westminster & Charles Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion

  • No Silver Bullets; The slow and deep cultivation of equity – Prof. Fatma Mili, Dean, College of Computing and Informatics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Panel Q&A: Sharing best practice in implementation of equality and diversity strategy – Dr. Kathryn Waddington, Gary Loke & Dr. Anne de Graaf

  • 12:30:

  • Keynote: The battle for equality doesn’t end with the law: we need to get bias out of our systems – Babiche Veenendaal Westerbrink, Senior Director of Legal Services, Accenture

  • Session 2:
    Developing inclusive environments: Race, disability and gender

  • Establishing and progressing an LGBTQ equality programme and the application of benchmarking tools to assess progress – André du Plessis, Executive Director, ILGA (International lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association)

  • Teaching as a vehicle for inclusion: leveraging data to change the classroom culture – Prof. Michael Dennin, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, UC Irvine

  • Strategies to establish and encourage organisational advocates for equality and diversity – Prof. Jennifer Love, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty and Sara-Jane Finlay,  Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion, University of British Columbia

  • Networking break – tea and coffee is served in the poster area

  • Engaging men within your organisation: Mentoring and sharpening awareness of inequalities, unconscious biases and privilege – Caroline Pickard, Consultant & Ambassador, Catalyst

  • Supporting STEM focused SMEs to develop inclusive workplace practices – Douglas Morrison, STEM and Innovation Lead, City of Glasgow College

  • Panel session: Organisations present their current efforts to develop inclusive environments and discuss them with the audience – panellists:   Dr. Anne Scott, Vice-President for Equality and Diversity, National University of Ireland Galway   Dr. Kimberly M. Jackson, Chair and Associate Professor, Spelman College   Ida Castro, Chief Diversity Officer, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine   Dr. Norm Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Amherst College   Prof. Semiha Denktas, Chief Diversity Officer, Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • 17:45:
    Congress drinks and canapés reception – networking with all speakers and delegates

  • Day 1 closes


Day 2 - 12th October 2018

  • Shared Keynote: Confessions of a sexist man – a review of recent research & evidence-based arguments – Prof. Curt Rice, President, Oslo Metropolitan University and Head of Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research  

  • Shared keynote: Taking the road less travelled: standing up to violence and coded bias against women – Saniye Gülser Corat, Director, Division for Gender Equality, Office of the Director-General, UNESCO

  • Networking break – tea and coffee is served in the poster area

  • Session 1:
    Strategy, tools and insight to tackle key challenges

  • The measures undertaken by Swiss National Science Foundation to contribute to gender equality in research funding – an ongoing process – Julia Grünenfelder, European Advisor for Education, SwissCore

  • Identifying and encouraging male organisational advocates for equality and diversity: How to nurture and optimise your strategy to utilise these advocates – Prof. Andrew Woodward, Executive Dean of the School of Science, Edith Cowan University (ECU)

  • Panel session: Strategy, tools and insight to tackle key challenges Prof. Andrew Woodward Prof. Curt Rice Prof. Marcela Linková

  • Workshop: Developing, implementing and assessing self-tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs). Led by Prof. Tullia Gallina Toschi, Coordinator, PLOTINA Horizon 2020 Project, University of Bologna, Italy

  • 13:00:

  • Keynote: Gender in the global landscape- where are we and can Elsevier influence this going forward? Maria de Kleijn MBA, Senior Vice President Analytical Services, Elsevier

  • Session 2:
    Addressing barriers to equality and diversity

  • How you can use the Women’s Empowerment Principles to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community – a UN Women perspective – Marije Cornelissen, Executive Director of UN Women National Committee the Netherlands

  • Influencing organisational structures, discourses, and behaviours and  introducing structural changes to enhance gender equality in IST-ICT institutions –  Maria Sangiuliano, Research Fellow, DAIS (Department of Informatics, Statistics and Environmental Sciences) Università Ca’ Foscari

  • Networking break – tea and coffee is served in the poster area

  • Panel session: Thought leaders share insights and debate with the audience on policy design, structural changes and cooperation to address equality and diversity across public, private and academic sectors. Panellists:   Prof. Evangelia Demerouti, Chief Diversity Officer, Eindhoven University of Technology,   Maria Sangiuliano, Research Fellow, DAIS (Department of Informatics, Statistics and Environmental Sciences) Università Ca’ Foscari,   Dr. Christie Sahley, Special Advisor to Provost for Gender Equity, Purdue University   Dr. Elavie Ndura, Vice President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Professor of Education at Gallaudet University  

  • Closing remarks from the Track Chair – join us for a summary of key action points from the Congress and how to create a plan for implementation

  • Congress end

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Congress sessions and features

  • Prestigious keynotes

  • Workshops and satellite events

  • Interactive panel sessions

  • Case study presentations

  • Poster display

  • Network and mentoring

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