Early Bird




Day 1 - 11th October 2018

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

  • Organisers’ welcome and Chair introductions

  • Opening keynote: Setting standards for achieving gender equality and working with government and civil society to design the required laws, policies, programmes and services (final presentation title TBC) – Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education, Ireland

  • 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

  • Continual evolution: understanding the success and failure of existing equality and diversity plans – how to progress and evolve organisational strategy

  • Best practice examples of organisational structural interventions to induce cultural change to achieve equality and diversity – Anne de Graaf, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Amsterdam

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • Panel session: Four 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   Prof. Kimberly M. Jackson, Chair and Associate Professor, Spellman College

  • 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). Led by Prof. Tullia Gallina Toschi, Coordinator, PLOTINA Horizon 2020 Project, University of Bologna, Italy

  • 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 – Prof. Andrew Woodward, Executive Dean of the School of Science, Edith Cowan University (ECU)

  • 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: Confessions of a sexist man – a review of recent research & evidence-based arguments – Prof. Curt Rice, Chair, Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF)

  • Session 2:
    Addressing barriers to equality and diversity

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

  • Changing equity profiles of the research workforce in South Africa – intersectionality issues around race and gender – Dr. Beverley Damonse, Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations, National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa

  • 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. Panellists:   Evangelia Demerouti, Chief Diversity Officer, Eindhoven University of Technology   Maria Sangiuliano, Research Fellow, DAIS (Department of Informatics, Statistics and Environmental Sciences) Università Ca’ Foscari

  • 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