Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
Wolfgang Burtscher has been Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation since 2009 and has meanwhile been responsible for a wide range of policy development and implementation issues pertaining to both the EU research and innovation framework programmes and broader EU research and innovation policy. From 2000 to 2009, Mr Burtscher was Director in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture. Before joining the European Commission in 2000, Mr Burtscher was representative of the Länder at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU. From 1992 to 1996, Mr Burtscher was Director of European Affairs in the Vorarlberg administration. Previously, from 1990 to 1992, he was a legal advisor at the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Geneva, at the time of negotiations on the European Economic Area (EEA). From 1983 to 1990, he was a lecturer in International and European Law at the University of Innsbruck. Mr Burtscher holds a doctorate in law and also has a qualification from the Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Nice.
Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University
Belle Derks is professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University. Her research focuses on how stereotypes and discrimination affect the well-being and work outcomes of women and ethnic minorities. For the Dutch Network of Women Professors she uncovered the size of the gender pay gap in Dutch Academia, as well as sizeable differences in other resources allocated to male and female researchers in the Netherlands. Other research projects focus on questions such as: how do masculine organisational cultures affect opportunities for women?; why do women sometimes turn into Œqueen bees¹ on their way to the top?, and how do gender roles in society affect women and men who combine work and family?
Vice-Chancellor Elect at Swansea University, UK
Professor Paul Boyle has recently been appointed as Vice-Chancellor Elect at Swansea University. Prior to this he was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Paul was Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; the International Champion of Research Councils UK, with responsibility for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK research councils; and President of Science Europe, representing over 50 European funding agencies.
Co-Director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at the New School for Social Research
Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and govern communications systems. As Co-Director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at the New School for Social Research, she builds digital justice through applied research and policy strategy. The Lab focuses on smart city technologies as well as digital access and safety infrastructures. Previously Byrum founded and led the Resilient Communities program at New America, where she developed and led Resilient Networks NYC, an initiative bringing training, tools, and equipment for storm-hardened mesh WiFi to five neighborhoods in NYC's flood plains. She holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and MA in Comparative Literature from Brown University, and and MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and serves on the board of the Metropolitan New York Library Council.
Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg
Fredrik Bondestam is currently the Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg (www.genus.gu.se). He holds a PhD in Sociology (2004, Uppsala University) with a focus on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in academia. His research focus is on higher education in various respects, primarily organizational change, feminist pedagogy, sexual harassment, and gender mainstreaming in theory and practice. As research leader at the Center for Gender Research, Uppsala University, he developed new gender perspectives on the management, governance and organization of higher education within the framework of an excellence program financed by the Swedish Research Council. Since 2013, Fredrik has worked at the University of Gothenburg with several tasks, for example managing the government assignment on gender mainstreaming Swedish universities (JiHU 2016-2018). He has a long experience from various expert assignments within research and higher education policy, with a special focus on gender equality in academia, and is involved in several EU networks on gender in research and education.
Head of Department Integration at German Centre for Integration and Migration Research
Magdalena Nowicka is Head of Department Integration at German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM e.V.) in Berlin and Professor for Migration and Transnationalism at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Warsaw, Poland. Her research and teaching activities are in the field of transnational migration in Europe, cosmopolitanism and conviviality, social inequalities, diversity, racism and qualitative research methods. She is member of the German Sociological Association, Council for Migration, diverse research networks, advisory boards of international journals (ex. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Advances in Research: Migration and Society), and she is alumna of the German Young Academy.
Deputy Editor of The Lancet
Astrid James is Deputy Editor of The Lancet. She qualified in medicine from University College Hospital, London, in 1986, after gaining an intercalated degree in History of Medicine in 1983 from UCL. Astrid then worked in the NHS for five years, gaining exposure in a range of specialties, including cardiology, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and geriatrics, in London, Harefield, Winchester, and Cardiff. She completed general practice training and then decided to go into medical publishing, working first for Medical Tribune in the UK and then for Medical Action Communications. Astrid joined The Lancet as an Assistant Editor in 1993, becoming Deputy Editor in 2001. She is interested in all aspects of medical research and practice, and is committed to promoting the need for women in medicine and more broadly in science, and to identifying and discussing barriers to their career development.
Head of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) in the Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Rhonda Davis is Head of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) in the Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she is responsible for ensuring NSF’s commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and discrimination-free environment for employees, beneficiaries and applicants for employment or services associated with the $8 billion budget that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. NSF funds reach annually all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions from more than 50,000 competitive proposals that result in about 12,000 new funding awards. Recently, her efforts resulted in NSF being a trailblazer as one of the first federal agencies that require institutions it funds to notify the agency of any findings or determinations that an NSF-funded principal investigator or co-principal investigator committed harassment (including sexual harassment or sexual assault) or placed on administrative leave or imposition of administrative action relating to harassment or sexual assault finding or investigation. Her work in this area has resulted in her testifying before Congress, serving on numerous panels both nationally and globally, including an embassy.
Wim van Saarloos
President of the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)
After obtaining his PhD in theoretical physics at Leiden University in 1982, Wim van Saarloos worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the USA before returning to Leiden University in the Netherlands in 1991 as a professor of theoretical physics. He was the founder and long-time director of the Lorentz Center (1997-2009), an international workshop center in the sciences, the director of the physics foundation FOM (2009-2015), and led the preparation for the transition of the national science funding NWO to a new organizational structure. As of 2017, van Saarloos is back at Leiden University as professor of physics, and since June 2018 he is the president of the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). Wim is father of three daughters, and since 1997 he has been involved in various initiatives to improve gender equality in the sciences, including a programme through which 16 additional female scientists were elected as academy member.
Vice President, Research Intelligence on the Global Strategic Networks team at Elsevier.
Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is the Vice President, Research Intelligence on the Global Strategic Networks team at Elsevier. Her key role is building and maintaining long term relationships with research institutions and funders, giving voice to research leaders at those organizations within Elsevier to help the business deliver the most impactful solutions to support research globally. Holly’s responsibilities center on how insights from data and analytics guide strategic planning for research institutions, funders, and science policy organizations and her engagement activities include building partnerships around gender diversity and equity issues. Actively involved in promoting women leaders in STEM, Holly served as the editor-in-chief of the AWIS Magazine, is co-chair of the Gender Working Group at Elsevier, and co-authored Elsevier’s public report, Gender in the Global Research Landscape. Prior to joining Elsevier, Holly was a faculty member and administrator at Northwestern University—and an Elsevier Research Intelligence customer. Notably, there she launched the Chicago Collaboration for Women in STEM and the Navigating the Professoriate and Beyond Tenure programs in support of career advancement for women faculty members in STEM fields.
President of Oslo Metropolitan University
Professor Curt Rice is the President of Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway – an institution which has achieved complete gender balance at the professorial level. He also leads Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research. Rice has been active in issues related to gender equality in academia for many years, and has had a role in several EU projects, including genSET, genderSTE, EGERA, LIBRA, and more. Rice was part of the genSET Science Leaders Panel, which in 2010 examined evidence on how gender dimension is treated in research. The Panel’s conclusions led to the creation of the Gender Summit platform. He has also been involved in the development of gender equality projects at the Research Council of Norway, including the creation of their «Balance» program. Prior to assuming the presidency of OsloMet, Rice was the Vice President for Research at the University of Tromsø, where he also was the Founding Director of that institution’s first Center of Excellence, CASTL — the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics. He is a prominent writer and speaker on issues of the type to be addressed at the Gender Summit and in 2018 he addressed the Nobel Prize Committees as part of their efforts towards great success in identifying more women Nobel laureates.
Janice L. Bailey
Scientific Director FRQNT
As an active scientist for over 25 years, my research explored the impact of the environment, such as toxicant exposure, temperature and nutrition, on fertility, reproductive development and the ability to produce healthy offspring across multiple generations. I am particularly interested on paternally-mediated origins of development, which has been ignored relative to maternal influences. I have worked on a wide range of species, including bees, fish, agriculturally-important animals, laboratory models and human studies. I was a founding member of the Reproduction, Development and Intergenerational Health Research Centre, composed of researchers from the Faculties of Medicine and Food & Agricultural Sciences at Laval University. I was also Co-Director of the Quebec Reproduction Research Network, which included teams from six research-intensive universities in the province of Québec, including McGill, Montreal, Laval, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières. I have served as Chair or member multiple grant review panels in Canada and the USA, and on the editorial boards of several journals. I have been involved in the organisation of numerous international congresses in Canada, the USA, Australia, Denmark and South Africa, and am currently Co-Chair of the 2021 World Congress of the International Society of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. I have also been elected to executive governance roles in various national and international scholarly societies, including as President of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. My current role as the FRQNT’s Scientific Director is to develop and promote research activities to solve challenges and stimulate socio-economic development in a manner that will benefit Québec and other nations. In doing so, we prioritise interdisciplinary international collaboration, research partnerships, and diversity in our approaches.
Cultural anthropologist and genderstudies researcher
Dr. Marijke Naezer (1982) is a cultural anthropologist and genderstudies researcher. She works as an independent researcher, speaker, author and advisor. Areas of interest include gender, diversity, sexuality, and sexual and domestic violence. In 2018-2019, she studied harassment in Dutch academia, together with prof. Marieke Van den Brink and prof. Yvonne Benschop. This study was commissioned by the Dutch Network of Women Professors. The report “Harassment in Dutch academia: Exploring manifestations, facilitating factors, effects and solutions” was published in May 2019.
Independent expert consultant and researcher
Claartje Vinkenburg PhD is an independent expert consultant and researcher specialized in (gender) diversity in careers. Her area of expertise is careers in academia and professional service firms, where she looks at the impact of implicit bias, normative beliefs, and discursive practices on career patterns and outcomes. Claartje spent 25 years studying and writing on this subject at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is committed to developing evidence based interventions to promote diversity in organizations. Claartje is an affliated research consultant with VU Amsterdam, Atria Institute for Gender Equality, and Portia Ltd.
Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CREI) at the University of Bath School of Management
Dr. Cornelia Lawson is currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) within the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CREI) at the University of Bath School of Management. Her main research interests are in the area of economics and management of science and innovation, and in her work, Cornelia investigates the performance and career paths of academic researchers. Cornelia holds a PhD in Economics from City University of London and has been a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, University of Turin and the University of Tokyo prior to joining Bath. On 1 October 2019 she will be joining Alliance Manchester Business School as a Senior Lecture (Associate Professor) in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.
Professor Ineke Klinge chaired the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Gender at the European Commission (2014-2018). This work will be continued by the Expert Group Gendered Innovations 2 to build a bridge to the next framework programme Horizon Europe and she will be the Rapporteur. Ineke Klinge held positions as professor Gender Medicine at the University of Göttingen (2008-2009) and Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin (2015). Her background lies in biomedical sciences and gender research and her work has focused on innovation of methodologies for biomedical and health research. Since 2000 she has coordinated many EU funded projects and was a pioneer in raising awareness for integration of sex and gender in research and innovation in EU framework programmes.
Professor in Gender and Technology, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Maria Udén is a Professor in Gender and Technology and works at the unit for Industrial design, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. In her early career she studied engineering, and graduated in 1988 with a MSc in Mineral Processing and Metallurgy. Her interdisciplinary doctoral thesis "Women technically speaking" was defended at Luleå University of Technology, the Department of Human Work Science, in 2000. The long-term work she started as a PhD student explores the possibilities for combining feminist thinking and engineering science. Her teaching includes courses in Innovation, Gender and Sustainable Development; Design, Gender and Aesthetics; Gender studies perspective on technology and the engineering sciences.
Teamleader of the Women’s Health Centre at the University Hospital Innsbruck, Teacher in Gender Medicine & Diversity at the Medical School, Innsbruck
Bader, Angelika, Dr.in med., General Medicine, Teamleader of the Women’s Health Centre at the University Hospital Innsbruck, Teacher in Gender Medicine & Diversity at the Medical School, Innsbruck.
Assistant Professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science in the Netherlands
Efthimia Aivaloglou is Assistant Professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science in the Netherlands. She is doing research at the Programming Education Research Lab (http://perl.liacs.nl/) on topics related to computing education, gender diversity in computer science, and software engineering.
Professor of Sociology with a focus on “Migration and Mobilities” at the Department of Sociology, University of Salzburg, Austria
Kyoko Shinozaki is Professor of Sociology with a focus on “Migration and Mobilities” at the Department of Sociology, University of Salzburg, Austria. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Gender Studies from Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, after having completed her MSc. in Gender – Gender Relation at the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Bachelor of Law at the University of Kurume, Japan, and a BA in Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. She is particularly interested in how migration processes – of both ‘skilled’ and ‘less-skilled’ flows – reconstitute globally intersecting inequalities along the division of gender, racialisation and class.
Vice-Provost (Education) at Imperial College London
Professor Simone Buitendijk MD, MPH, PhD is Vice-Provost (Education) at Imperial College London, leading its vision for an innovative and globally-leading learning and teaching environment, and an excellent student educational experience. An expert in Maternal and Child Health, Professor Buitendijk is also Professor of Women’s and Family Health at the Leiden University Medical Centre, having held the Netherlands’ first professorial chair for primary care in obstetrics at the University of Amsterdam. She studied Medicine in Utrecht, received a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine in the US, and earned her PhD degree in Leiden. Professor Buitendijk is Chair of the League of European Research Universities’ (LERU) Learning and Teaching Policy Group. She was a member of the LERU Gender Steering Group, co-authoring the 2013 LERU position paper ‘'Women, research and universities: excellence without gender bias" and the 2015 LERU advice paper “Gendered Research and Innovation”. She is currently lead author on a LERU paper, “Equality, diversity and inclusion at universities: the power of a systemic approach”, to be published in September 2019.
Assistant Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion), Imperial College, UK
Stephen Curry, a structural biologist, divides his time between research and teaching in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College with his relatively new role overseeing equality, diversity and inclusion at the university. Originally a physicist, Stephen migrated to the life sciences during his PhD and postdoctoral stints in France, the UK and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology. He also regularly writes on the culture and the social responsibilities of scientists and universities. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Times Higher Education, The Biochemist, Research Fortnight, and New Scientist. In 2014, he awarded the Peter Wildy Prize for Microbial Education at the Society for General Microbiology. He is a board member of the Campaign for Science and Enginering (CaSE), the Science is Vital campaign group and is a co-author of The Metric Tide, a UK review on the use of metrics in research evaluation.
Master of Science in Applied Psychology (Education, Workplace & Business)
Stefanie Lietze is Master of Science in Applied Psychology (Education, Workplace & Business) with a background in psychodiagnostics and development of learning apps as well as digital learning environments at the University of Vienna. She is currently working on enhancing the teaching and learning at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna to compensate for barriers and problems due to gender or other apsects of diversity. Special focus of her work lies in enhancing bareer-free learning (environments), creating OERs and helping lecturers to work in this manner. Her department, the Teaching and Learning Center, developed different strategies and formats to support students as well as well as staff.
Professor for Gender Medicine & Diversity, Director of the Gender Medicine Unit at the Innsbruck University Hospital
Hochleitner, Margarethe, Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in med., Professor for Gender Medicine & Diversity, Director of the Gender Medicine Unit at the Innsbruck University Hospital, 1991-date chairperson of the Committee for Equal Rights at the Innsbruck University; since 2008 Director of the Women’s Health Centre at the Innsbruck University Hospital.
PhD candidate at the University Medical Center Groningen
Aranka is a PhD candidate at the University Medical Center Groningen, under supervision of Judith Rosmalen (University of Groningen) and Tim olde Hartman (RadboudUMC Nijmegen) within the Gender and Health project. Her background lies in Health and Life Sciences and developmental aid. Currently Aranka works on a project aiming to disentangle the effects of both sex and gender on common somatic symptoms and chronic diseases. Similarly, she also assesses whether gender and sex are independently associated with persistent common somatic symptoms. A special interest of Aranka lies in whether the quality of healthcare differs for people with differing gender identities.
PhD candidate at the Department of Public Health at the Amsterdam UMC
Renee Bolijn works as a PhD candidate at the Department of Public Health at the Amsterdam UMC. The goal of her research is to strengthen the evidence base for targeted cardiovascular disease prevention for women in the Netherlands. To this end, she investigates sex and gender differences in cardiovascular disease risk using an intersectionality perspective. She has a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences (Maastricht University) and a master’s degree in Epidemiology (Utrecht University).
Sophie H Bots
PhD at the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands
Sophie obtained her undergraduate degree in premedical science at the international honours college of Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 2015. Her interest in epidemiological research was sparked by her bachelor thesis project, prompting her to apply for a three-month research internship at the George Institute for Global Health in Oxford in the United Kingdom. She returned to Oxford for her graduate degree in Global Health Science, which she successfully finished in 2017. She is currently doing her PhD at the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her PhD topic is sex differences in cardiovascular diseases with a focus on heart failure and medication prescription, adherence, side effects and dosing. She has published on the lack of sex-specific data on adverse drug reactions to heart failure medications and is currently working on filling this evidence gap. With her epidemiology and statistics background, her interests lie in exploring the research opportunities offered by the wealth of data that is currently made available to researchers due to technological advances allowing for the collection, storage and analysis of large datasets.
Marit de Jong
Researcher department of epidemiology at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary care, UMC Utrecht
Marit de Jong has a background in biomedical sciences and medicine, and is currently working at the department of epidemiology at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary care, UMC Utrecht. Her research is mainly focused on sex differences in diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Assistant professor of medical and clinical psychology at Tilburg University
Dr. Paula Mommersteeg is an assistant professor of medical and clinical psychology at Tilburg University. In her research she investigates the role of psychological factors in cardiovascular disease, with special attention for gender differences and biological mechanisms. In the ZonMw and the Dutch Heart Foundation funded meta-analysis (#849100001), she and her colleagues examined whether women with psychosocial complaints were more at risk for development and progression of ischemic heart diseases than men.
Management Development and training in The Hague, The Netherlands
Esther Neven studied educational sciences. She has worked as Management Development consultant Diversity at the police, and is currently working as professional in Management Development and training in The Hague, The Netherlands. She is preparing a PhD on women in the Dutch police force, with a special focus on othering and exclusion resulting from a “blue web” of police members working together for the length of their career.
Science management at DESY, Germany
Lia Lang studied in Munich, Stockholm and Berlin and holds a master degree in gender studies from the Humboldt University. She is currently working in science management at DESY, a Research Centre of the Helmholtz Assoziation in Germany. Lia is involved in several European funded project aiming to enhance gender equality in the European Research Area. In particular, she is facilitating GENERA, a network out of physics research institutions aiming to improve Gender Equality by implementing Gender Equality Plans. Prior to that Lia Lang was involved in studies on women in the field of science and industry working at the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation. Furthermore, she is working as a junior consultant for organizational change processes in the private and public sector driving gender and diversity issues forward. Her research interests are processes of change and in particular gender and diversity within science, gender and physics, career development with a focus on how to put gender and diversity into practice.
Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission
Irina Orssich is working in Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. She is specialised in the field of Artificial Intelligence. A German national, she has a law degree and a postgraduate degree in European law. Previously responsibilities have included posts in the audiovisual sector and as legal adviser for competition and state aid law.
Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice in Science Communication at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice in Science Communication at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In her role as the Women in STEM Ambassador, Lisa is responsible for increasing the participation of women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies and careers in Australia. She works across academia, education and training and industry to increase visibility and drive cultural and social change for gender equity in STEM. Lisa is an award-winning astronomer with research interests in the birth and death of stars and supermassive black holes and serves on the Australian Space Agency’s Advisory Group. She previously worked on the mega-telescope project the Square Kilometre Array – a continent-spanning next-generation radio telescope that will survey billions of years of cosmic history. Lisa is a TEDx speaker, has appeared on stage with Apollo astronauts including Buzz Aldrin and is author of the popular science book When Galaxies Collide
Gender expert at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands
After finishing her master degree in Comparative Women’s Studies at Utrecht University, Sarah Vader moved to Germany to obtain her PhD at the University of Duisburg-Essen on the topic of “The Feminization of Medicine”. Ever since, her work and research interests lie in matters concerning gender, diversity and health. Sarah Vader is currently working as a gender expert at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands.
Centre for Distance-spanning Technology, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Paula Wennberg is founder and Manager of Gender Contact Point, a collaboration and resource platform based at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. She has 20 years’ experience of regional, national and European collaborative projects and has developed a great number of gender equality and diversity tools and methods promoting inclusive innovation and research. She is currently the coordinator of the Gender Smart Arena project with partners from IT companies and municipalities. The project supports strategic business activities as well as gender mainstreaming processes of academia, industry and surrounding society.