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The STEMM Gender Congress is proud to be supported by:


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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).


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

Gold sponsors

UC Davis

Founded in 1905, the University of California  Davis, home to more than 35,000 students, 4,000 faculty and 25,000 staff,  was ranked by Forbes magazine in 2016 as #1 best value U.S. university for women in STEM.  UC Davis is committed to improving diversity in STEM, ranking 13th for undergraduate degrees awarded to students of color. The campus is home to the National Science Foundation cooperative agreement, “UC Davis ADVANCE: Institutional Transformation to Build and Sustain a Diverse Community of Innovative STEM Scholars” (NSF HRD 1209235) which helped to establish the Center for Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS).  UC Davis is also a founding member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) SEA Change initiative.

The campus is located on 5,300 acres in the Central Valley, near the state capital of Sacramento.  A comprehensive university, UC Davis offers 104 undergraduate majors and 99 graduate/professional degree programs (education, law, management, medicine, nursing, and veterinary medicine).  Globally, the campus is recognized as a leader in agriculture, environmental science, veterinary medicine, plant and animal science, food science and nutrition, and regularly ranks in the top ten for U.S. public universities.  An environmentally-friendly campus, UC Davis is home to 40,000 bicycles and aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2025.

Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University is an innovative global university with around 38,000 students studying at the main campuses (Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough and London) and around the world with their overseas partners. Anglia Ruskin University were the only UK university to be named global ‘rising star’ by the Times Higher Education. Also named the UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2014, and won the national prize for entrepreneurship at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards in 2016. The university is passionate about collaboration, innovation and transformation to enhance social, cultural and economic well-being.

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country’s leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,200 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit case.edu to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.

Institutions Developing Excellence In Academic Leadership-National (IDEAL-N)
IDEAL-N builds on the successful transformations and outcomes achieved in the earlier CWRU ADVACNE project, IDEAL. IDEAL-N builds a learning community among 10 research universities across 2 states to promote gender equality in academic Science & Engineering (S&E) disciplines. IDEAL-N includes two clusters: Case Western Reserve University, Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and University of Toledo (Northern Ohio cluster) and Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania cluster).

IDEAL-N is comprised of four elements: leadership enhancement training, annual change projects, plenary conferences, and development of an equity index.

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.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

A New University with a Long History

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 in a historic move that brings together the resources and assets of UT Brownsville and UT Pan American and, for the first time, makes it possible for residents of the Rio Grande Valley to benefit from the Permanent University Fund—a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System.

Our new university will also be home to a School of Medicine and will transform Texas and the nation by becoming a leader in student success, teaching, research, and health care. UTRGV will enroll its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine will open in 2016.

UT Brownsville and UT Pan American

The shared history of The University of Texas Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville goes back to 1927, when Edinburg College was founded. In 1973, Pan American opened a second campus in Brownsville, which later became an independent institution of The University of Texas System in 1991. Over the years, the missions and the identities of these great institutions have continually evolved to serve the communities of the Rio Grande Valley.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Founded in1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning.

The campus occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York State. RIT also has international locations in Eastern Europe, Dubai, and China.


THE RIT STUDENT BODY consists of approximately 15,400 undergraduate and 3,200 graduate students. Enrolled students represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Nearly 3,300 students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are enrolled on the main campus along with approximately 2,700 international students. An additional 1,900 students are enrolled at RIT’s international campuses.

University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a Carnegie high-research-activity, urban university that is forging dramatic new directions in higher education. UTEP enrolls over 24,000 students, and has become a national model for creating and successfully executing highly competitive academic and research programs while maintaining a deep commitment to serving a 21st century student demographic. Boasting over 22 research centers, and a myriad of research labs, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending, and is well known for including undergraduates in research endeavors. Additionally, Hispanic Business Magazine consistently ranks UTEP graduate programs in both Business Administration and Engineering in the Top 10 in the nation. It is this dedication to providing access and excellence to students in its region that has resulted in UTEP becoming the only research doctoral university in the United States with a Mexican-American majority student population. UTEP excels at producing students who are highly motivated, and quite accomplished. One important milestone in UTEP’s long and distinguished history was the 1966 NCAA championship game, immortalized in a Hollywood film, Glory Road, where an all African-American starting lineup forged a victory that forever changed the face of intercollegiate athletics.

The LEADER Consortium

The LEADER Consortium (Launching Equity in the Academy across the Dayton Entrepreneurial Region) is supported by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program.  LEADER was the first multi-institutional implementation among ADVANCE grants for Institutional Transformation.  The collaboration involves four diverse institutions in Dayton, Ohio.  Wright State University is a mid-sized (17,000 student) public university.  The Air Force Institute of Technology is the STEM-only graduate school of the Air Force.  Central State University is a small, historically Black university.  And University of Dayton is a private Catholic Institution, somewhat smaller than Wright State.  STEM faculty are housed primarily in colleges of Science and of Engineering and, at Wright State, in the School of Medicine.  Our premise was that these four institutions would have different cultures and practices and that, by working together, we could learn best practices and collectively form a community supportive of success in STEM, particularly for women in the academy.

Silver sponsors

La Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

A state-of-the art technological university with a highly innovative learning model, providing a benchmark for quality in both teaching and R&D. This is the philosophy of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC, Open University of Catalonia), created in 1994 as one of the world’s very first completely online higher education establishments and that currently has more than 50,000 students. The UOC’s core goal is to be the university of the knowledge society, promoting innovative education, personalised learning, technological leadership, R&D work on the information society and e-learning and the dissemination of knowledge. The UOC promotes R&D activities via 44 groups linked to a subject or to one of its two centres: the eLearn Center, which studies e-learning, and the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), specialising in the study of the networked society and the knowledge economy, network technologies and specific software areas. In total, more than 400 people work in research at the UOC.

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.

Suffolk County Community College

In 2016 Suffolk County Community College received the third consecutive grant from the National Science Foundation Scholarships for – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM). With receipt of this most recent funding, Suffolk County Community College becomes the recipient of over $2.16 million dollars of funding over a period of 15 years in this S-STEM scholarship track alone—it is one of only a handful of community colleges in the United States that can make this claim.  When added to the National Institutes of Health, Long Island Community Foundation, and Helmsley Foundation Charitable Trust awards for STEM academic initiatives that support our NSF S-STEM program, Suffolk is in receipt of over $2.6 million dollars—an historic achievement.

Over the course of the past nine years, over 100 Suffolk NSF S-STEM scholars have been able to benefit from paid research internships at national labs and research universities—including Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico—and almost 100% have transferred to complete bachelor’s degrees (and beyond) in a STEM discipline.

Suffolk County Community College is the largest community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Suffolk is a comprehensive, two-year, open enrollment institution, with campuses in Selden, Riverhead and Brentwood, and downtown centers in Sayville and Riverhead, all located on Long Island.  The College has a current enrollment of approximately 27,000 credit students and 10,000 continuing education students.

The institution offer Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees and professional certificates in 100 programs of study. Learn more at: www.sunysuffolk.edu


At Gapsquare we put technology at the forefront of driving diversity in the private and public sectors. We provide cloud based software to help companies achieve their human capital diversity goals and enable them to manage the process of change. Companies can use a freemium version or more advanced software to analyse the gender pay gap and take data driven decisions on ways to narrow the gap. The World Economic Forum estimates it will take 117 years to close the gender pay gap. We believe that by using our combination of science and technology we can skip a century of inequality.

American Society for Engineering Education

Founded in 1893, ASEE is committed to advancing innovation, excellence, and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession.  Our vision is for ASEE to be the preeminent authority on the education of engineering professionals. With approximately 12,000 members in countries around the globe, we promote excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice; foster the technological education of society; and provide quality products and services.


ASEE is the only organization that focuses on engineering education across all disciplines. Our annual conference each summer brings together 4,000 participants to engage and collaborate; the papers from the conference comprise the most current and progressive thoughts and techniques around educating students today.  In addition, ASEE convenes administrators – such as engineering and engineering technology deans and associate deans for research – in their own content-rich meetings throughout the year, helping them better lead their institutions. ASEE’s various publications keep members, thought leaders, government officials, and the public aware of goings on in engineering and engineering technology education.

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

Academic sponsors

Boston University

ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain and Organize Women in STEM
The ARROWS mission is to organize, align, and vertically integrate programs created to advance women throughout the STEM community at Boston University.

From pre-college to undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, ARROWS aims to facilitate the advancement and success of Boston University’s women in STEM.

Project sponsors

EFFORTI – (Establishing an Evaluation Framework for Promoting Gender Equality in R&I

EFFORTI (Establishing an Evaluation Framework for Promoting Gender Equality in R&I) is an EU funded H2020 project that started in June 2016 and will last until April 2019. The EFFORTI consortium consist of six partners representing a wide range of different institutional types; namely contract research organizations (Fraunhofer Society, Joanneum Research), universities (University of Catalunya, University of Aarhus), a NGO (Association of Hungarian Women in Science – NaTE) and a company (Intrasoft), distributed all over Europe (Germany, Austria, Spain, Denmark, Hungary, Luxembourg). All partners have a longstanding experience in the fields of RTDI policies and/or gender equality policies in RTDI.

EFFORTI will contribute to a better understanding of the impacts of current gender equality policies. It will help adapt gender equality policies and increase their efficacy, leading to an improved research intensity, productivity and responsibility and furthering the progress towards the achievement of the European Research Area. Furthermore, it will provide evidence of good practice but also concepts and tools for monitoring and evaluating gender equality policies and their effects on RTDI. It will therefore advance the discussion and the state of the art of measuring impacts of gender equality policies on RTDI by providing a comprehensive evaluation framework including an empirically tested and validated set of indicators and clear methodological guidelines on how to apply these indicators.


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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