Early Bird



The STEMM Gender Congress is proud to be supported by:


Diamond Sponsor:

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 www.accenture.de

University of Amsterdam



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. http://eleanorglanvillecentre.lincoln.ac.uk


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.  

Find out more at www.engenderingstem.eu

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.

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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Project partners



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 www.geisinger.edu/gcsom.