Gender Summit Steering Committee

The long term vision and overarching goals of the Summits are guided by the Steering Committee listed here, many of whom served on the genSET Science Leaders Panel or represent leading partners of previous Regional Committees. The Gender Summits were established by Portia Ltd in 2011 as part of its genSET project. Since then Portia has worked in regional partnerships to convene further Summits. A Regional Committee is set up for each event. Proposals for Regional events are being accepted on an on-going basis. Contact us to find out about holding a Summit in your region.

  • Hans M. Borchgrevink MD, Special Adviser, International Staff, The Research Council Norway (RCN), Norway, Europe
  • Simone Buitendijk PhD, MPH, MD, Vice-rector Magnificus and member of the Board, Leiden University, Netherlands, Professor and Chair, Women’s and Family Health at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Netherlands
  • Daniela Corda PhD, Director, Institute of Protein Biochemistry (IBP), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Italy
  • Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD, Director, Portia Ltd, UK (Chair)
  • Curt Rice PhD, Professor, University of Tromsø, Norway, Head, Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF)
  • Ylann Schemm, Program Director, Elsevier Foundation, USA
  • Martina Schraudner PhD, Head of the Department of Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Technical University Berlin, and Director of Responsible Research and Innovation Unit, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany
  • Rolf Tarrach PhD, Rector, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

About the members ...

Hans M. Borchgrevink MD, former Special Adviser, International Staff, The Research Council Norway (RCN), Norway

Hans M Borchgrevink, Gender Summit steering committee memberHans M. Borchgrevink MD, is former Director of Medicine, and Special Adviser for International Affairs in the Research Council of Norway (RCN). Before he was consultant/researcher in audiology and brain function diagnosis. His efforts on gender issues include the EU ERA Communication Expert Advisory Group 2013 (subgroup gender), the EU Gender Impact Assessment Expert advisory Group (2013), and the Science Europe Task Force on Gender and Diversity (2013). He has been organiser/chair/speaker at the Gender Summits 2011-14, and at several EU Presidency conferences; Chair WG Monitoring and indicators under ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (SGHRM),  Chair WG Mobility in the European Science Foundation (ESF) MO Forum Researcher Careers, and representative of the EU Work Programme Committees on People; -Health; -Infrastructure; the EU IMI SRG, the EU SFIC India Group, the EU Charter and Code Advisory Group, and in the Steering Groups of EURAXESS TOP1+2, and the EU FP7 GenderNet. Now retired from RCN, he is engaged in individual capacity as Vice-Chair of the EU Marie S Curie Advisory Group, as EU Expert in ERA WG Monitoring and indicators, and EU Human Resource Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R). 

Simone Buitendijk PhD, MPH, MD, Vice-rector Magnificus and member of the Board, Leiden University, Netherlands, Professor and Chair, Women’s and Family Health at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Netherlands

Simone Buitendijk, Gender Summit past speakers

Simone Buitendijk is Vice-rector Magnificus and member of the Board of the University of Leiden and Professor and Chair of Women’s and Family Health at the Leiden University Medical Center. Simone Buitendijk studied Medicine in Utrecht. She is a member of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) Steering Group for the advice paper on Gender in Academia. Simone Buitendijk studied Medicine in Utrecht. She obtained her PhD in Leiden and a Master's at Yale. She then began her work on perinatal medicine. She currently holds the first chair for primary care obstetrics in the Netherlands. Prof. Buitendijk is a member of the genSET Science Leaders Panel; the Gender Summits were established on the recommendation of the panel.

Daniela Corda PhD, Director, Institute of Protein Biochemistry (IBP), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Italy

Daniela Corda, Gender Summit 4 EU speaker

Daniela Corda is a cell biologist, Director of the Institute of Protein Biochemistry of the National Research Council in Naples, Italy. She obtained her degree in Biological Sciences at Perugia University, Italy and her PhD in Life Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. She has been working in the signal transduction and membrane lipid dynamics field for more than 20 years, first in Israel, and then at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA, for her post-doctoral studies. She moved to the “Mario Negri” Pharmacological Research Institute in Milan in 1986, and in 1987 she was one of the founders of the Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, where she served as Head of the Department of Cell Biology and Oncology from 1996 to 2003 and Director of Research and development until 2009. Since 1998 she has been active in science policy focussing on career development in Europe and on gender-related issues within European organisation such as the European Life Scientist Organisation (ELSO), the EC Marie Curie Programme, the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) where she now chairs the Working Group on the Career of Young Scientists. Prof. Corda is a member of the genSET Science Leaders Panel; the Gender Summits were established on the recommendation of the panel.

Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD, Director, Portia Ltd, UK (Chair)

Elizabeth Pollitzer, Gender Summit steering committee chairElizabeth Pollitzer PhD is co-founder and Director of Portia, an organization devoted to improving gender equality in STEM and promoting the inclusion of the gender dimension in STEM. She has 20 years’ experience teaching and researching in the Departments of Computing and Management at Imperial College, University of London. Her original training was in Biophysics. She now applies this scientific background to her work as director of Portia. Elizabeth has over 15 years experience in the gender and STEM field, she is also an expert adviser on gender issues to the European Commission. Portia was the coordinator of the genSET project, the Gender Summits were established as part of the genSET project.

Curt Rice PhD, Professor, University of Tromsø, Norway, Head, Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF)

Curt Rice, Gender Summit steering committee memberCurt Rice is a professor at the University of Tromsø and leads Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research. He also chairs the Board for Current Research Information System in Norway (CRIStin) and is a member of the Board at the University of Tromsø. Previously, he has served as Pro Rector for Research and he was the Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics: A Norwegian Centre of Excellence (CASTL). Prof. Rice is a member of the genSET Science Leaders Panel; the Gender Summits were established on the recommendation of the panel. Since participating in genSET he has written and spoken widely on university leadership and gender, particularly on his blog Science In Balance.

Ylann Schemm, Program Director, Elsevier Foundation, USA

Ylann Schemm, member of the Gender Summit Steering Committee Ylann Schemm (@ylannschemm) heads Elsevier's corporate responsibility program, which focuses on advancing women in science and developing research access in the developing world. She serves as the Program Director of the Elsevier Foundation's New Scholars program, which supports projects to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careers and addresses the attrition rate of talented women scientists.  She also runs the Elsevier Foundation’s Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program, which supports capacity-building projects in science, technology and medicine and chairs the communications group for Research4Life, a UN-pan publisher access program working to bridge the digital divide. 

Martina Schraudner PhD, Head of the Department of Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Technical University Berlin, and Director of Responsible Research and Innovation Unit, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany

schraudnerMartina Schraudner is the Head of the Department of Gender and Diversity in Organizations at Technical University Berlin, and Director of Responsible Research and Innovation Unit at Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. Her research currently focuses on the integration of different perspectives in the innovation process and involvement of potential users, dialogue between different science disciplines, and accommodating views of different stakeholders. Prof. Schraudner is a member of the genSET Science Leaders Panel; the Gender Summits were established on the recommendation of the panel.

Rolf Tarrach PhD, Rector, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Rolf Tarrach, Gender Summit steering committee memberProf. Dr. Rolf Tarrach is the rector of the new trilingual University of Luxembourg as of January 2005, completing his term at the end of 2015. Dr. Rolf Tarrach was born in 1948 in Valencia, Spain. He studied Physics at the University of Valencia, Spain and obtained his PhD from the University of Barcelona. He served as a postdoctoral researcher at CERN, Geneva, and is now a professor of theoretical physics at the universities of Valencia and Barcelona. He has published more than 100 papers in theoretical high energy physics, quantum field theory, and quantum mechanics and has written three books. He has been honored with a honoris causa degree from the University of Saint Peterburg Russia, and he is the recipient of eight official prizes. He was Dean of the School of Physics and Vice-Rector of the University of Barcelona. Dr. Tarrach is the former president of CSIC Madrid (the Spanish Scientific Research Council) and a former member of the European Union Research Advisory Board, of the European Heads of Research Council group (which he also chaired) and of the 5-year assessment panel of experts of the European Commission. Dr. Tarrach is a former member of the Board of Telefonica of Catalonia and has been a co-organizer of the first three Euroscience Open Forum meetings in Stockholm (2004), Munich (2006) and Barcelona (2008). Prof. Tarrach is a member of the genSET Science Leaders Panel, the Gender Summits were established on the recommendation of the panel.