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Diamond sponsors

Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Located in Western Australia, ECU’s industry-relevant teaching and research, supportive study environment and award-winning facilities provide the ideal environment for staff and students alike. ECU has more than 27,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, annually welcoming over 4,000 international students, originating from more than 100 countries.


ECU courses are developed in consultation with industry, and teaching staff have extensive industry experience and networks. This approach has been rewarded with five-star ratings for teaching quality over the past eight years, along with consistently high ratings for overall education experience and skills development, as reported in the Good Universities Guide.

ECU has also been named in the Times Higher Education (THE) “150 Under 50” rankings of Universities in the world under the age of 50. ECU has also a strong international focus, rated in THE’s top 200 list of the Most International Universities in the world.

ECU research prioritises making positive impacts on our communities by focusing on working with our communities, business and government organisations to solve real-world problems.


ECU is committed to equality in the workplace for people of all genders so they feel enabled, and are supported, to pursue careers in their chosen fields. ECU recently participated in the first Australian pilot of Athena SWAN, an international accreditation program to achieve gender equality in academia, and particularly to attract and retain more women in science. Through the development of a transformative Action Plan, we are striving to remove barriers to gender equity and in particular to attract and retain those who have chosen a pathway in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

University of Westminster

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

In 2016 the University became the first UK higher education institution to receive an institutional Athena Swan Bronze award using expanded criteria brought in last year, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to advancing the academic careers of women in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) and arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), professional and support staff, trans staff and students in higher education.


Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 375,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at

University of Amsterdam

Founded in 1632, the University of Amsterdam is one of the world’s intellectual hubs. A university with a leading international reputation, it is firmly rooted in the city of Amsterdam. With over 30,000 students, 6,000 employees, 3,000 PhD researchers and a hundred different nationalities, the UvA is connected to thousands of researchers and hundreds of public and private institutions in the Netherlands and around the world. It has an international outlook, fitting in with Amsterdam’s character and history as an independent, innovative and engaged city.


Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education, including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKeyand Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 38,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, includingGray’s Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries.

Gold sponsors

The Inter-University Council of Catalonia


The Inter-university Council of Catalonia is the government organisation that provides the twelve institutions of higher learning in Catalonia with an important service. The CIC manages and guarantees equality of opportunity in university admissions, establishes the criteria for drawing up university programming and promotes the internationalisation of our universities. The Council works through twelve committees.

The Women in Science Committee of the Inter-University Council of Catalonia is responsible, since 2005, for developing policies for gender equality in the field of higher education and research. The Committee comprises one representative from each Catalan university and seven people appointed by the Catalan minister responsible for universities.

The Committee’s functions include advising the universities within the Catalan university system on the issue of gender equality, ensuring that women’s prospects for action and promotion in the field of higher education and research are at the same level as those of men, or promoting and monitoring gender mainstreaming in the curricula, to name just a few.

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

University of Lincoln

University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln (established 2001) was the first new UK city-centre campus to be built in 25 years. A new Vice Chancellor in 2009 marked a step-change in the University’s development, driving forward its reputation as a university of innovation and enterprise with an emphasis on research and research-engaged teaching, and a strategic priority to establish a strong science and engineering base. In 2010, the University opened the first UK purpose-built engineering school in 25 years; and the College of Science was established in 2011, with new Schools in Life Sciences (2012), Pharmacy (2013), Chemistry (2014), Mathematics & Physics (2014), and Geography (2016). Today, the University of Lincoln is listed as a Top 50 UK university and a Top 10 UK institution for both teaching excellence and student experience. It has a thriving research culture, with more than 40 research centres and research groups across the institution, and has a student body currently around 14,000.

The Eleanor Glanville Centre was opened at the University by Dame Stephanie Shirley in March 2017. It is an interdisciplinary centre for inclusion, diversity and equality that aims to drive cultural change across the institution. The Centre brings together equality mandates and innovation with new interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities, embedding and developing a more inclusive culture within the core business of the University.


The ENGENDERING STEM project is a pan-European collaborative development project, funded by ERASMUS+, with partners from Scotland, Netherlands and Spain.

The project aims to share learning and good practice amongst European partners to support Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) operating within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sectors to be bolder on gender equality.

By working with key experts, educators, industrialist and policy makers, the project aims to develop a better understanding of how we can collectively support SMEs to adopt inclusive workplace practices and develop a diverse work force.

Evidence shows that greater diversity in the workplace leads to sustainable and inclusive growth and improved productivity and performance. However, SMEs report common challenges to developing more inclusive workplaces include time, resource, access to expertise and awareness of effective practices.

The project aims to identify common barriers and associated interventional strategies that have proven to be most effective for improving gender equality in organisations at various stages of engagement. In order to achieve this, the project will deliver an evidence based self-assessment toolkit, best practice guides and blended learning training solutions to over 2000 participants.  

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University of Rochester

Founded as “an institution of the highest order” and guided by the motto Meliora or Ever Better, the University of Rochester will help solve the greatest challenges of the 21st century by:

  • Accelerating our progress as an international leader in sciences, engineering, social sciences, health science, business, and music.
  • Empowering our students to fulfill their academic and professional passions in a University that is diverse, welcoming, and inclusive for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Creating innovative connections among education, humanities, music, the social sciences, science, engineering, and health science.
  • Strengthening support for a dynamic faculty dedicated to teaching, mentoring, research, clinical care, and the creative and performing arts.
  • Serving our community of alumni and friends through imaginative programs that enrich their lifelong relationship with the University and that expand our collective contributions to the world.
  • Embracing our leadership position in Rochester and the nation by making our community a model for partnership among academic, civic, cultural, health care, and business organizations.

University of Sussex

Since our foundation in 1961, the University of Sussex has valued – and encourages – a pioneering spirit. We’ve pushed for change, and demanded more, creating a better future for individuals and communities all over the world.


Our teachers deliver programmes of study that inspire students to develop the skills that make their education count, and that give them the confidence to make their mark in their chosen field.


Our staff conduct original research to explore the great questions of our age. Their findings impact policy and practice for businesses, NGOs and governments, ensuring that Sussex students are also at the forefront of knowledge in their subject.


Creative thinking, pedagogic diversity, intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been fundamental to a Sussex education. The University’s goal is to deliver teaching and learning programmes that are informed by current research, are attractive to students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and which deliver skills for life.

Sussex is committed to being fully inclusive university, promoting equality, diversity, accessibility and flexibility in all that we do.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is an independent, coeducational, private research university based in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA).

Established in 1861, MIT aims to ‘further knowledge and prepare students in science, technology and other fields of study that will best benefit the nation and the world today’. Its motto is Mens et Manus, which translates as “Mind and Hand”. Today, many people cite the informal motto as “Mind, Hand, and Heart.”

The university lays claim to 85 Nobel Laureates, 58 National Medal of Science winners, 29 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners and 45 MacArthur Fellows. Among its impressive alumni is Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations.

Scientific discoveries and technological advances accredited to MIT include the first chemical synthesis of penicillin, the development of radar, the discovery of quarks, and the invention of magnetic core memory, which enabled the development of digital computers.

MIT is currently organised into five different schools: architecture and planning, engineering, humanities, arts and social sciences, management and science. It is home to around 1,000 faculty members and over 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition to its emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, MIT also boasts a diverse and vibrant campus environment with a wide array of student groups. The campus is arranged over 168 acres within Cambridge, and features 18 student residences, 26 acres of playing fields, 20 gardens and green-space areas, as well as over 100 public works of art.

In 1999, thanks to the leadership of biologist Nancy Hopkins, MIT recognized that its female science faculty members experienced inequitable treatment. Since then the university has undertaken many efforts to advance equity and inclusion, including the creation of the Institute Community and Equity Office in 2013.

UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university, leveraging its location in the state’s largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives.

Founded in 1946, the University has experienced 33% enrollment growth of over the past 10 years, making it the fastest-growing institution in the UNC System, contributing to more than 50% of the system’s growth since 2009. Now boasting an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students, UNC Charlotte offers 23 doctoral, 64 master’s, and 140 bachelor’s degree programs across seven academic colleges.

The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s powerhouse in terms of IT talent. Alone, it produces 24% of computing bachelors’ graduates in the state. In addition, CCI takes pride in its inclusivity and the diversity of students it serves. It is one of the most diverse computing colleges in terms of gender, ethnic, and socio-economic background.


Silver sponsors


The overall objective of PLOTINA is to enable the development, implementation and assessment of self-tailored Gender Equality Plans with innovative strategies for the RPOs involved. This objective is based on the vision to foster excellence and the social value of innovations, by: stimulating a gender-aware culture change; promoting career-development of researchers to prevent the waste of talent, particularly for women; ensuring diversification of views in research and teaching.

PLOTINA aims at: preventing underutilization of qualified female researchers by removing barriers to recruitment, retention and career progression, allowing the EU to benefit from the talents of all its researchers; improving decision making by addressing gender imbalances; incorporating the sex/gender dimension in research especially where not applied.

PLOTINA is an EU funded H2020 project that started in February 2016 (total duration: 48 months).

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The full project’s title of “EQUAL-IST” is Gender Equality Plans for Information Sciences and Technology (IST) Research Institutions. It has been demonstrated that IST is among the research sectors most affected by gender inequalities at all levels. For addressing and solving issues of horizontal and vertical segregation in research and administrative careers, work-life balance, gender imbalance in student enrolment, and gender-neutral approach to IST research, the project is aimed at influencing organisational structures, discourses, and behaviours.

The EQUAL-IST project is moving beyond state of the art with its robust approach of participatory co-design of Gender Equality Plans through its crowdsourcing platform, the innovative tool to collect ideas and trigger interesting discussions about the emerging challenges. The EQUAL-IST project kicked off in June 2016 as a challenging 36 months project, involving nine project partners, eight universities from eight countries (Greece, Italy, Finland, Ukraine, Germany, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, and Portugal).

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam is a highly ranked, international research university, based in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam.

Education and Research


Founded in 1913, it is currently one the biggest universities of the Netherlands with a student population of 23,000 and a research community of circa 1,400. Scholars and students in seven faculties and two institutions work on global social challenges in the areas of:

  • health,
  • wealth
  • governance
  • culture.

As part of a large global network of academic partnerships, in strategic alliance with Leiden University and Delft University of Technology and in a unique collaboration with city and port, the dynamic city of Rotterdam serves as our laboratory.

Top 100

The quality of research at Erasmus University, named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. On the lively, modern campus, students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition.

Erasmus University Rotterdam. Make it happen.

Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research-driven university of international standing, where excellent research and excellent education go hand in hand. Education at the TU/e is small in scale, personal and flexible. Our lively campus is located in the heart of the high-tech Brainport region, one of the smartest regions in the world. TU/e specializes in engineering science & technology and is leading in high tech systems, data science, advanced materials and photonics. We are also known for our strong research partnerships with industry. Our growing student population, more than 10,000 strong, collaborates with our researchers on innovative technological solutions for the great challenges facing society in renewable energy, health and mobility. That is what makes TU/e the place “where innovation starts.”

University of California, Irvine

In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service.

Today, we draw on the unyielding spirit of our pioneering faculty, staff and students who arrived on campus with a dream to inspire change and generate new ideas. We believe that true progress is made when different perspectives come together to advance our understanding of the world around us. And we enlighten our communities and point the way to a better future.

UCI is consistently recognized as trailblazer in a broad range of fields, garnering national and international honors in every school. The campus’s diverse academic offerings paired with world-class leadership create an environment worthy of any passionate, dedicated scholar.


Explore some of UCI’s points of pride below:

Over 31,000 students

Ranked #9 Public University in the US by U.S. News & World Report

#1 University doing most for the American Dream – The New York Times College Access Index

Top 10 ‘Cool School’ by Sierra magazine


At UCI, we shine brighter.

NCCR Digital Fabrication

The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication is Switzerland’s initiative to revolutionise the fields of architecture and construction.
NCCRs are cross-disciplinary research initiatives funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and are developed in topics of strategic importance for the future of Swiss science, economy and society.
Each NCCR is directed to conduct multi-institutional, high-risk / high-return research; additionally, they also have the common mandates of promoting their research through education programmes, knowledge and technology transfer to industry, public and media communications, and programmes for the advancement of women in science and research.
The NCCR Digital Fabrication is the first such initiative to focus on architecture and construction. Over 120 cross-disciplinary researchers and experts from the six disciplines of architecture, structural design, materials science, computer science, control systems engineering and robotics collaborate to leverage the potential of integrating digital technologies with physical building processes. Current research includes ground-breaking processes that aim to improve the sustainability, productivity, and quality of tomorrow’s architecture. The resulting innovations enable Switzerland to maintain a leading position in the global field of construction innovation, and the programme as a whole is initiating the development of a new “digital building culture”.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM)

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) educates aspiring physicians and scientists to serve society using a community-based, patient-centered, inter-professional and evidence-based model of education that is committed to inclusion, promotes discovery and utilizes innovative techniques. GCSOM is a member of the Geisinger family and offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Doylestown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within Geisinger’s footprint in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania, as well as from across the state and the nation. GCSOM’s medical education includes addressing the most pressing healthcare needs in our communities. Whether in physicians’ offices or hospitals, our students are concerned with the needs of our neighbors. A central element of our mission is service. GCSOM medical students are required to complete at least 100 hours of community service. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College ( is a historically Black college for women located in Atlanta GA. It is a private liberal arts college dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its approximately 2150 students.  Spelman empowers the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change. Spelman College has a strong record of educating African American women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. On average, 36% of the College’s student body pursues majors in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering (dual degree program), environmental and health science, mathematics, or physics. Typically, one-quarter of the graduating class receives degrees in STEM disciplines. Spelman is a top producer of Fulbright fellows. And according to the National Science Foundation, Spelman is the leading undergraduate institution of origin for Black women doctorate (PhD) recipients in science and engineering.

University of Limerick

Established in 1972, the University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focused university with over 15,000 students and 1,528 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. The University offers programmes across a wide range of disciplines, including arts, business, engineering and construction, health, including medicine, information and communication technology, law, mathematics and natural sciences. The University’s mission is to be a distinctive, pioneering and connected university that shapes the future through educating and empowering people to meet the challenges of tomorrow.


The University is recognised as possessing one of the most spectacular and environmentally sympathetic third-level campuses in the world. The campus has unrivalled sports and cultural facilities, including Ireland’s first Olympic-size swimming pool, an indoor sports arena, a boathouse with a state-of-the-art indoor rowing tank, the 1,100-seat University Concert Hall, the Irish Chamber Orchestra Building, the Irish World Academy and an impressive range of visual art, including outdoor sculptures, the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland and the Water Colour Society of Ireland Collection. The campus is located 5km from Limerick city and 20km from Shannon International Airport.

NUI Galway

NUI Galway is a research-led University with over 18,000 students and more than 2,200 staff. In the top 1% of universities in the world (THE and QS rankings), NUI Galway has five priority research areas; Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy; Biomedical Science and Engineering; Environment, Marine and Energy; Humanities in Context; and Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Science. The University has a unique commitment to the Irish language and plays a lead role nationally in providing courses through Irish. NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in STEMM.

NUI Galway is committed to implementing international best practice for women working in research and academia. In order to establish a plan of action and achieve the strategic vision for equality, NUI Galway has engaged in two initiatives: (i) the setting up of a Gender Equality Task Force and development of a Gender Equality Action Plan – which has been implemented successfully over the past two years:

(ii) The second initiative is signing up to the internationally recognized Athena Swan Framework. NUI Galway was delighted to achieve an Athena Swan Bronze Institutional Award in April 2018, our School of Medicine also achieved an Athena Swan Bronze Departmental Award. An Athena Swan Bronze Award recognises that the University and the School of Medicine have demonstrated a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.   The University is fully committed to implementing our Athena Swan Action Plan, with all of our STEMM schools establishing working groups on equality and diversity, aimed at achieving gender equality for students, staff and researchers

Amherst College

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), is an independent EU body headquartered in Budapest.


The EIT has become Europe’s largest integrated innovation ecosystem, with over 1,000 excellent partners from business, research and education and beyond, with 40 Innovation Hubs across the European Union. Its innovation model is particularly relevant in removing barriers to innovation, such as the lack of entrepreneurial culture, low levels of cooperation between academia and industry, and insufficient development of human capital.


The EIT’s vision is to become a global innovation leader delivering world-class solutions to global societal challenges that create jobs and improve Europeans’ quality of life. To achieve this, the EIT will, going forward, significantly reinforce Europe’s innovation capacity by:

  1. supporting innovators to start- and scale-up;
  2. providing talent through entrepreneurial education;
  3. boosting European regional innovation capacity; and;
  4. contributing novel solutions to solve global societal challenges.


The EIT is an integral part of Horizon 2020, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine in the United States work together as the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.

Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.


Gallaudet University will build upon its rich history as the world’s premier higher education institution serving deaf and hard of hearing people to become the university of first choice for the most qualified, diverse group of deaf and hard of hearing students in the world, as well as hearing students pursuing careers related to deaf and hard of hearing people. Gallaudet will empower its graduates with the knowledge and practical skills vital to achieving personal and professional success in the changing local and global communities in which they live and work. Gallaudet will also strive to become the leading international resource for research, innovation, and outreach related to deaf and hard of hearing people.

Purdue University

Purdue University, a top public research institution, offers higher education at its highest proven value. Committed to affordability, the University has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels. Committed to student success, Purdue is changing the student experience with greater focus on faculty-student interaction and creative use of technology. Committed to pursuing scientific discoveries and engineered solutions, Purdue has streamlined pathways for faculty and student innovators who have a vision for moving the world forward.

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America.  Founded in 1863, it is the largest public research university in New England, and the flagship campus of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.  The mission of the University of Massachusetts Amherst is to create positive impact on the Commonwealth and the broader society it serves through education and advancing knowledge.  The institution is rooted in the idea that any qualified individual, regardless of wealth or social status, should have access to high quality higher education. UMass Amherst draws from and supports diverse experiences and perspectives as an essential strength of its learning community and accepts and instills in its students an ongoing commitment to create a better, more just world.

Washington University in St. Louis