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2017 Congress program


Day 1 - 8th June 2017

  • Track chaired by Dr Raphaëla Kitson-Pantano, Vice President, Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF)

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

  • Shared keynote: UNESCO’s Promise: Priority gender equality as a common thread – Saniye Gülser Corat, Director, Division for Gender Equality, Office of the Director-General, UNESCO

  • Shared keynote: Research-oriented standards on gender equality – Dr Annette Schmidtmann, Head of Department for Scientific Affairs, German Research Foundation (DFG)

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  • Shared: Best practice in sex and gender equality policy and training within research funding: Lessons and transfer of knowledge – Dr Cara Tannenbaum, Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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  • Tea & coffee break

  • Session 1:
    Gender equality in careers, gender balance in decision-making, and the integration of the gender dimension in the context of research

  • Addressing gender imbalance in workplaces, academia and STEM disciplines: What will it take? – Prof. Cobie J Rudd, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Edith Cowan University

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  • Building support for women into your programs and structures: Best practice examples – Dr Havidán Rodríguez, Founding Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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  • Panel session: Thought leaders from NGO, policy and academia share insight on gender best practice and success.
    – Dr Katrien Maes, Chief Policy Officer, League of European Research Universities
    – Dr Cara Tannenbaum, Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Prof. Jennifer Love, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty, University of British Columbia – Prof Belinda Colston FRSC, Director (Science), Eleanor Glanville Centre, University of Lincoln

  • 12:45:

  • Keynote address: The impact of gender diversity in research teams on research and innovation performance – Prof. Martine Rahier, Vice President, European University Association

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  • Session 2:
    Embedding equality throughout the organisation

  • A regional approach to addressing the needs of STEM women academic faculty: Benefits and challenges of a multi-institutional model – David Goldstein, Principal Investigator of the LEADER Consortium, Wright State University

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  • Improving gender equality in higher education: Strategies and action plans – Dr Kathryn Waddington, Head of Department, Department of Psychology, University of Westminster and Deborah Husbands, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Westminster

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  • Tracking your gender records and statistics: Demonstrating success – Dr Wafa El-Adhami, Executive Director, SAGE

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  • Tea & coffee break

  • Session 3:
    Supporting a culture of gender equality and research excellence

  • How to set up a smart and tailor-made evaluation framework for gender equality measures across Europe – Dr Susanne Bührer, Head of Business Unit Policy Design and Evaluation, Fraunhofer ISI

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  • The context and considerations of gender equality within peer review, evaluation, career tracking and programme management – Dr Jean-Claude Worms, Chief Executive, European Science Foundation

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  • Panel session: Improving gender equality through mentoring programmes: Lessons learned from academia – Dr Anna Berga i Timoneda, Chair of Woman in Science Committee – Inter-University Council of Catalonia – Dr Candice J Foley, NSF S-STEM PI/Chair, Suffolk County Community College – Dr Felecia M Nave, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prairie View A&M University

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  • 17:45:
    Congress drinks reception

  • Day 1 closes


Day 2 - 9th June 2017

  • Track chaired by Cheryl Miller, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Digital Leadership Institute

  • Poster Display commences – tea and coffee

  • Shared keynote: Striving for gender balance at the science-policy interface: Experiences of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre – Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

  • Shared keynote: Tracking your gender records and statistics: Demonstrating success – David Ruebain, Chief Executive, Equality Challenge Unit and Athena SWAN  

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  • Shared: Women in IT education and work environments: tensions between gender equality policies, self representations and interpersonal negotiations – Prof. Gloria Bonder, Director Global Network, UNESCO Chairs on Gender

  • Tea & coffee break

  • Session 1:
    Equality in STEMM

  • Working to align political, business and academic stakeholders in achieving gender equality – a perspective from Portugal – Elza Pais, Congresswoman and President of the Sub-Commission for Equality and Non-Discrimination, Portuguese Parliament

  • Gender segregation in education, training and the labour market: Emerging findings from the Beijing Platform for Action report – Lina Salanauskaite, Researcher, European Institute for Gender Equality

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  • Strategies and opportunities to partner with and engage men – Dr Ulf Schneider, Board Member, Catalyst Europe AG

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  • Improving gender equality in the STEM environment: EESC recommendations – Gabrielle Bischoff, President of the Workers’ Group, European Economic and Social Committee

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  • 13:00:

  • Keynote: Leading in the new: A catalyst for equality and diversity (subject to change) – Payal Vasudeva, Managing Director, Human Capital and Diversity, Accenture

  • Session 2:
    Gender equality in STEM industries

  • Conclusions, insight and recommendations from the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2016 – Vesselina Stefanova Ratcheva, World Economic Forum

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  • Checking our assumptions: What gets measured gets done
    – Aniela Unguresan, Co-Founder, EDGE Certified Foundation

  • Tea & coffee break

  • Panel session: The importance of industry in supporting gender equality in academia: Sharing best practice between industry and academia – Vesselina Stefanova Ratcheva, World Economic Forum   – Petra Jantzer, Managing Director and European Lead for Accelerated R&D Services (ARDS), Accenture   – Aniela Unguresan, Co-Founder, EDGE Certified Foundation   – Dr. Zara Nanu, CEO, Gapsquare

  • Closing remarks from track chair: Creating an action plan for implementation and key take aways

  • 17:00:
    Congress ends

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