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“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

  • Shared keynote: Setting global standards for achieving gender equality and working with government and civil society to design the required laws, policies, programmes and services

  • Shared keynote: The establishment of an International Advisory Group (IAG) to co-ordinate and advance international initiatives and to advance equality and diversity in STEMM – what impact will this have in shaping thinking and regional programs

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

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

  • A Sea Change of progress: Reviewing the implementation of the United States Gender Equality programme 18 months on – what lessons have been learned and can be applied?

  • Best practice examples of organisational structural interventions to induce cultural change to achieve equality and diversity

  • Addressing practical hurdles involved in delivering equality and diversity programmes: How to identify and overcome barriers to success

  • Panel Q&A: Our Session 1 speakers reconvene to debate and discuss the morning’s themes directly with the audience

  • 12:30:

  • Keynote: To be confirmed

  • 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 – Renato Sabbadini, Executive Director, ILGA (International lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association)

  • 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)

  • Strategies to establish and encourage organisational advocates for equality and diversity

  • 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

  • Creating structured programmes to address organisational equality at the intersection of gender and race

  • Panel session: Four organisations present their current efforts to develop inclusive environments and discuss them with the audience

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

  • Day 1 closes


Day 2 - 12th October 2018

  • Shared keynote: To be confirmed Combating sexual harassment and gender-based harm within an organisation

  • Shared keynote: Intersectionality: Addressing cultural and institutional structures that differentially affect women, LGBHTQ and underrepresented staff, students and administrators

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

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

  • Workshop: Developing, implementing and assessing self-tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs)

  • Structuring mentoring programmes: Organisational buy-in, programme delivery and measurement of success

  • Identifying and encouraging male organisational advocates for equality and diversity: How to nurture and optimise your strategy to utilise these advocates

  • Panel session: Thought leaders from the NGO, policy and academic spheres share insight and debate with the audience on E&D strategy and tools to apply

  • 13:00:

  • Keynote: Managing equality and diversity strategy implementation in a multisite, multistakeholder organisation

  • Session 2:
    Addressing barriers to equality and diversity

  • Counteracting stereotypes at the earliest age possible: Schools’ efforts to address equality in STEMM subjects

  • Tackling unconscious and implicit bias within your organisation: Understand, identify and intervene

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

  • Panel session: Thought leaders share insights and debate with the audience on the role of cross-sector interaction, collaboration and cooperation to address equality and diversity across public, private and academic sectors

  • 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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