Jutta Allmendinger

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President of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Professor of Sociology in Education and Labor Market Research at Humboldt Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D., is President of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Professor of Sociology in Education and Labor Market Research at Humboldt Universität Berlin since 2007. In addition, she has served as Honorary Professor of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin since 2012. Jutta Allmendinger studied sociology and social psychology in Mannheim and Madison, Wisconsin, earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University and her habilitation degree at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich. Her multiple honors and awards include the German Federal Cross of Merit First Class and the Communicator Award - Science Award of the Donors' Association (Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft). Jutta Allmendinger serves on numerous advisory boards in Germany and abroad. She is a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Academy of Engineering Science acatech and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Photo credit (c)WZB/David Ausserhofer

Geneviève Almouzni

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Director of research exceptional class at the CNRS

Geneviève ALMOUZNI, PhD (EMBO member, Member of the French Academy of Sciences, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Director of the Research Center of the Institut Curie from 2013 to 2018 and honorary director since then) is director of research exceptional class at the CNRS. She is Principal Investigator of the Chromatin dynamics team in the Nuclear dynamics research Unit (UMR3664 CNRS/Institut Curie) since 1999. She is a world leader in understanding genome organization and function during development and disease, in particular in cancer. She has combined biochemistry, cell biology and physical approaches with advanced imaging to explore chromatin dynamics. Overall, G. Almouzni authored more than 220 publications and deposited 5 patents. She coordinated the EpiGeneSys Network of Excellence to move epigenetics towards systems biology. She is highly engaged in promoting young scientist career. She received prestigious grants (ERC Advanced Grants) and awards including Woman in Sciences FEBS / EMBO (2013) and the grand prix FRM (2014). She served on the EMBO Council (Vice-chair in 2014), chairs the alliance EU-LIFE and co-chairs the European FETFlagship initiative LifeTime with Pr N. Rajewski (MDC Berlin).

Peter-André Alt

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President, German Rectors’ Conference

Peter-André Alt was born in 1960. He studied German language and literature, political science, history, and philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. Professor Alt has been a full professor of modern German literature since 1995, first at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (1995-2002), then at the University of Würzburg (2002-2005), and since 2005 at Freie Universität Berlin.From 2007 to 2009, Professor Alt served as the dean of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2007 to 2010 he was a member of the Academic Senate and the spokesperson for the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, for which Freie Universität raised funding in the German Excellence Initiative. From 2008 to 2010 he has been serving as director of Dahlem Research School. Professor Alt has been the president of Freie Universität Berlin for two terms, between May 2010 and July 2018. From 2014 to 2016 he was the chairperson of the German U15. In August 2018 he became president of the German Rectors’ Conference. Professor Alt has published numerous books on German literature of the 17th, 18th, and 20th centuries, including works on literary allegory in the early modern period, the Enlightenment, the literary and cultural history of dreams, Friedrich Schiller, Franz Kafka, and Sigmund Freud. In 2005 Professor Alt was awarded the Schiller Prize by the city of Marbach in recognition of his two-volume biography of Friedrich Schiller. In 2012, he was elected as president of the German Schiller Society. In 2008, he received a joint Opus Magnum grant from the Volkswagen and Thyssen Foundations for the completion of his book project on the Aesthetics of Evil. Professor Alt has served in several functions as member of international advisory boards and committees. Over the years he has given numerous keynote speeches and lectures on different topics (Literary Studies, Higher Education, Research Strategies and Policies, Governance) in Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Turkey, United States, Peru, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa.

Daniel Armanios

Daniel Armanios

Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University

Daniel Armanios is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College. Armanios’ research lies at the intersection between engineering, institutions, and public policy. More specifically, he focuses on the local public institutions and infrastructure necessary to support high-tech innovation, sustainable development, and energy systems, with an emphasis on emerging and post-conflict countries such as China, India, Thailand, Egypt, and Tunisia. He received his PhD from Stanford University in Management Science & Engineering. He received two Master's degrees from the University of Oxford in Management Research and Water Science, Policy, and Management, and he received two Bachelor's degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kumsal Bayazit

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Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier

Kumsal Bayazit was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier in February 2019. She has held multiple leadership roles within RELX Group, Elsevier’s parent company, since 2004, including as Regional President Europe, Middle East and Africa at Reed Exhibitions and RELX’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for driving strategic initiatives and technology strategy. Prior to joining RELX Group, Kumsal spent several years at Bain & Company working in New York, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Sydney. Kumsal is an advocate for the power of research and technology for driving positive societal outcomes, and champions inclusion and diversity. She chairs the RELX Technology Forum; co-chairs, along with Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, Elsevier’s independent Inclusion & Diversity Board; and co-leads the Elsevier Foundation in its work to promote inclusive research and health in partnership with non-governmental and charitable organizations around the world, supporting the UN SDGs. Kumsal earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where she received a Bachelor's degree in Economics with honors. Kumsal lives in London with her husband and two children.

Matthias Beller

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Vice President of the Leibniz Society 

Matthias Beller, born 1962 in Gudensberg, studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he completed his PhD thesis in 1989 in the group of L.-F. Tietze. As recipient of a Liebig scholarship, he then spent a one-year with K. B. Sharpless at MIT, USA. From1991 to 1995, Beller worked in industry.Then,he moved to the Technical University of München as Professor for Inorganic Chemistry. In 1998, he relocated to Rostock to head the Institute for Organic Catalysis, which became in 2006 the Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis. The work of his group has been published in >1000 original publications, reviews and >150 patent applications have been filed (H-index: 135).He has received a number of awards including the Otto-Roelen Medal and the Leibniz-Price of the DFG. In 2006, he was also awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” of Rostock and he received the German Federal Cross of Merit. Since then, he received the first “European price for Sustainable Chemistry”, the “Paul-Rylander Award” of the Organic Reaction Catalysis Society of the USA, the Gay-Lussac-Alexander-von-Humboldt-Prize of the French Academy of Sciences and the Emil Fischer Medal of the German Chemical Society. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and received the Wöhler price for Sustainable Chemistry from the German Chemical Society as well as an ERC Advanced grant from the European Commission. In March 2016, he received the honorary doctorate of the University of Rennes 1.In 2017, Matthias Beller has received the Karl Ziegler Prize from GDCh, (German Chemical Society) and the Karl Ziegler Foundation - the award is one of the highest honors in the f ield of chemistry in Germany – and he was awarded as the first European chemist with the ACS Catalysis Award Lectureship. Most recently, he was selected as the prestigious “Hassel Lecturer 2018” from the University of Oslo, Norway and for the “Gordon Stone Lectureship” of the University of Bristol, UK. Matthias Beller is Vice President of the Leibniz Society – one of the major science organizations in Germany and a member of the German National Academia of Science “Leopoldina” and three other Academies of Sciences.

Stephane Berghmans

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EUA Director of Research and Innovation

Stephane Berghmans is the EUA Director of Research and Innovation. He joined the Association in 2020 after working for Elsevier since 2013 as Vice President of Academic Relations in Brussels, responsible for strategic relationships and partnerships with research organisations and EU institutions. Prior to this, Stephane worked for the European Science Foundation as Head of the Biomedical Sciences Unit, managing the secretariat general for the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC) with activities in science management, policy and strategy. He is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine who obtained his PhD in genetics and molecular biology at the University of Liege (Belgium). Stephane was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, worked in the biotech sector in Cambridge (UK) and served as Director of Biology at Znomics in Portland, Oregon (USA). Since 2015, Stephane is a member of the EuroScience Governing Board.

Thomas Berghöfer


Senior Scientist

Dr. T. W. Berghöfer studied Physics and Astrophysics in Marburg, Bochum, and received a PhD in Munich. He won a Humboldt fellowship to work at the Space Sciences Lab at UC Berkeley. During his active research career, he was working in X-ray and EUV astronomy at the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, UC Berkeley, and University of Hamburg. While working at the University of Hamburg he was appointed as one of the women’s representatives in the faculty of physics. He holds a degree in higher education didactics and e-learning methods from the University of Hamburg. Later he became a science programme manager in the German research funding system of the federal government. He has coordinated several larger European consortia on research funding, R&D, and gender in physics. Thomas Berghöfer is currently the coordinator of GENERA Network.

Marcelis Johannes Boereboom

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Director-General for Higher and Vocational Education, Science and Emancipation at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Marcelis Johannes Boereboom studied Political Science at the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Amsterdam. He specialized in Public Administration and Public Finance. In 1984 he started at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, where he has had several positions. From 2000 until 2004 he was Director of the Directorate for Financial and Economic Affairs. From 2004 until 2008 he was Director of the Directorate for Curative Care and Deputy Director-General for Health Care. From 2008 until September 2013 he was Director-General for Long Term Care. In these positions he was closely involved with and responsible for the Dutch health care reform. From September 2013 until he holds the position of Director-General for Employment at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. He is responsible for policy in the areas of employment, labour conditions, industrial relations, labour law, childcare, pensions and occupational safety and health. In this position he is responsible for the reform of the Dutch labour market and the reform of the Dutch pension system. From April until September 2016 he was also acting Secretary-General at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. Since April 2017 he holds the position of Director-General for Higher and Vocational Education, Science and Emancipation at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Lidia Borrell-Damián

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Secretary General of Science Europe

Lidia Borrell-Damián is the Secretary General of Science Europe, the association representing major public organisations that fund or perform excellent, ground-breaking research in Europe. She holds overall responsibility for the strategy and functioning of the organisation. Prior to this she worked for the European University Association (EUA) between 2006 and 2014. During the last five years in EUA she served as its Director for Research and Innovation (R&I), holding responsible for the overall strategy and activities of EUA in the area, working with EUA individual universities as well as the National Rectors’ Conferences. Her areas of experience cover a wide range of EU R&I priorities, including the EU Framework Programme; European Research Area; research infrastructures; research ethics and integrity; research assessment processes; university-business cooperation; regional innovation; gender issues in research; Digital Agenda and Open Science. She also worked on doctoral education through the EUA-Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) and coordinated scientific policy input to the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) through the European Platform of Universities in Energy (EUA-EPUE). Lidia Borrell-Damian holds a Doctorate in Chemistry (Chemical Engineering Specialty; Solar Energy) from the University of Barcelona. Prior to joining EUA, she was Director of Research at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona from 2003-2005. Before then she was Visiting Scholar at the University of Western Ontario (1999-2001) and at the North Carolina State University (1997-1998).

Isabelle Caron

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Professor at the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University

Isabelle Caron is a Professor at the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on diversity, intersectionality, control, performance and integrity in the public sector. From 1999 to 2012, she worked at the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, Health Canada and Canadian Heritage as a senior policy analyst.

Janine Austin Clayton

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NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health Director, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health and Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the architect of the NIH policy requiring scientists to consider sex as a biological variable across the research spectrum. This policy is part of NIH’s initiative to enhance reproducibility through rigor and transparency. As co-chair of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Clayton also leads NIH’s efforts to advance women in science careers. Prior to joining the ORWH, Dr. Clayton was the Deputy Clinical Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI) for seven years. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Clayton’s research interests include autoimmune ocular diseases and the role of sex and gender in health and disease. She is the author of more than 80 scientific publications, journal articles, and book chapters. Dr. Clayton, a native Washingtonian, received her undergraduate degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Clayton completed fellowship training in cornea and external disease at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and in uveitis and ocular immunology at NEI. Dr. Clayton has received numerous awards, including the Senior Achievement Award from the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2008 and the European Uveitis Patient Interest Association Clinical Uveitis Research Award in 2010. She was selected as a 2010 Silver Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. In 2015, she was awarded the American Medical Women’s Association Lila A. Wallis Women’s Health Award and the Wenger Award for Excellence in Public Service. Dr. Clayton was granted the Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health in 2016. She was also selected as an honoree for the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards and the American Medical Association’s Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service in 2017.

Fabio Conforti

Fabio Conforti

Medical oncologist at Medical Oncology Unit of Melanoma, Sarcoma, Thymoma and Rare Tumors - European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy


Rhonda Davis

Rhonda Davis

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. 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. 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. Davis joined NSF in 2010 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights where she served in several positions including Acting Associate Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. Her experience in establishing and managing nondiscrimination and diversity programs has enabled her to significantly contribute to NSF’s very important goal to excel as a federal science agency with a diverse, engaged, and high-performing workforce. 

Heike Graßmann

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Administrative Director of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)

Since 01.10.2018 Professor Dr. Heike Graßmann has been Administrative Director of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) and is responsible for the areas of Finance, Human Resources, Legal Affairs and Infrastructure. For the last 4 years she has also been the Administrative Vice-President of the Helmholtz Association. She has been a strong advocate for talent management and diversity for many years. She is available as a mentor for young women in various programmes. Heike Graßmann studied Business Administration at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, where she also worked as a research assistant. She initially worked for several years as a personal consultant to the management at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig and to the Chancellor of the University of Leipzig before heading the finance department of the UFZ and later on as Administrative Director from 2012 to September 2018. Since 2015, she has been deputy chairwoman of the University Council of the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK). Since October 2015, she has also held an honorary professorship at the Leipzig State Academy of Studies of the Saxony University of Cooperative Education.

Jadranka Gvozdanović

Jadranka Gvozdanovic

Linguistics professor at Heidelberg University and a gender expert

Jadranka Gvozdanović is a linguistics professor at Heidelberg University and a gender expert. In both fields, her research focuses on change processes, on how and why change begins and which factors contribute to adoption of change or resistance to it. Concerning gender, she focuses on modification of structural factors involving all the levels of an institution, and the importance of communication. She holds leading positions in scholarly associations and is currently Chair of the LERU Group on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Within LERU, she contributed to position statements about gender equality and (co-)authored the following papers: “The European Research Area: Priorities for Research Universities (2011), “Women, research and universities: excellence without gender bias” (2012) , “Implicit bias in academia: A challenge to the meritocratic principle and to women’s careers – and what to do about it”.

Christina Hadulla-Kuhlmann

Hadulla Kuhlmann Christina web

Head of Division for Equal Opportunities and Diversity in Academia and Research at BMBF

Christina Hadulla-Kuhlmann worked as a lawyer before becoming Deputy Head of the Legal Affairs Division in 1992 and subsequently Deputy Head of the Human Resources Division at the then Federal Ministry of Education and Science (now the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF). She has been Head of Division for Equal Opportunities and Diversity in Academia and Research at the ministry since 2001. In this capacity, she is co-chair of the gender equality working group of Germany’s Joint Science Conference (GWK). She is also a member of the D-A-CH group (for the exchange of information on equal opportunities measures in higher education and research in German-speaking regions, represented by the science ministries of Austria, Switzerland and Germany). She also represents the Federal Government in the ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation (Helsinki Group), which prepares expert reports on the further development of equal opportunities for women in the science system.

Gerald Haug

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President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Gerald Haug is a climatologist, geologist and paleo-oceanographer. Since March 2020, he is president of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Gerald Haug studied Geology at the University of Karlsruhe and received his PhD from the University of Kiel. After pursuing his postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, he became a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and habilitated there. Haug then moved to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam and was appointed professor at the University of Potsdam. In 2007, he became full professor at ETHZ and in 2015 Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. He studies the evolution of climate over the last millennia to millions of years. To do this, he examines sediment cores that are bored out of the bottom of oceans and lakes. The chemical composition of the various sedimentary layers provides information about climatic conditions of the time in which the respective layer was deposited. Thus, Gerald Haug reconstructed historical climatic conditions and their changes. He also explores the interactions between climate and cultures. From studies of sediment cores off the coast of Venezuela, he succeeded in providing historical periods of drought which correlated with the decline of Maya civilization. Photo Credit: "Markus Scholz for the Leopoldina"

Jonathan Jansen

Jansen Jonathan web

Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa

Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is a curriculum theorist, and his research is concerned with the politics of knowledge. His 2019/2020 books (co-authored, co-edited) include South African Schooling: The enigma of inequality, Fault lines: a primer on race, science and society, Who gets in and why: the politics of admission in South Africa’s elite schools, Learning under lockdown: voices of South Africa’s children, and Learning Lessons. His current research includes a national study on the impact of the pandemic on the academic work of women scholars. He holds a PhD (Stanford) and five honorary degrees in education.

Katrin Kinzelbach

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Professor of political science at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Katrin Kinzelbach is a professor of political science at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, where she teaches the international politics of human rights. Before joining FAU, Kinzelbach was associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin and a visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest. She initiated the Academic Freedom Index and edited a book on Researching Academic Freedom (open access with FAU University Press).

Marcela Linková

Linkova Marcela web

Head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Marcela Linková, PhD, is the Head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on gendered organizations, research careers, governance of research and research assessment from a gender perspective as well as research policy analysis from a gender perspective. She is the chair of the ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation, and has served on expert and advisory bodies of the European Commission and in the Czech Republic. She is active in developing policy solutions for gender equality in research at the Czech and EU levels. She has been involved in several EU funded projects; most recently, she is the coordinator of Horizon 2020 GENDERACTION project and participates in GE Academy, Gender-SMART, CASPER and UniSAFE. She is co-editor of Gender and Neoliberalism in Czech Academia (Sociologické nakladatelství, 2017). Her work has appeared in European Journal of Women’s Studies, Gender and Research, Science and Public Policy, among others.

Sally Male

Male Sally web

Director of the Teaching and Learning Laboratory in the Faculty of Engineering and IT, and Professor of Engineering and Technology Education at The University of Melbourne

Dr Sally Male joins The University of Melbourne on 5 April 2021 as the Director of the Teaching and Learning Laboratory in the Faculty of Engineering and IT, and Professor of Engineering and Technology Education. From 2017 until March 2021 Dr Male has held the Chair in Engineering Education at The University of Western Australia. Dr Male leads a program of research in higher education focusing on women in engineering and computing, curriculum development in higher education, and engineering employability. She works with educators, industry and students to develop, evaluate and enhance evidence-based education. Her vision is for all engineering graduates to develop capability to lead successful lives contributing to society. Dr Male is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Journal of Engineering Education. In 2017, Dr Male was awarded the Engineers Australia Medal in Western Australia for contributions to enhancing practice and inclusion through engineering education.

Verena Mauch

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Central coordinator of working and leadership culture programs at MPG

Verena Mauch completed a professional training in publishing in Hamburg in 2002. After a brief stint in a French publishing house she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences and a Master’s degree in public policy at the Hertie School of Governance Berlin. She wrote her Master’s thesis in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s Stop TB Department and joined thereafter KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in the Den Haag as a TB consultant. This work took her to many countries in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa and China supporting the national TB programs of the Ministries of Health, followed by a PhD in Public Health at University Nijmegen Medical Center. In 2012, Verena joined the Max Planck Gesellschaft General Administration in Munich and served as an interface between the overall MPG leadership and the management of several institutes. In 2019, she joined the new Human Resources Development and Opportunities Department as central coordinator of working and leadership culture programs, dealing amongst others with MPG’s employee surveys.

Alice McGushin

Alice McGushin

Programme Manager for the Lancet Countdown

Dr Alice McGushin is the Programme Manager for the Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change, an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of academic and UN institutions that monitor the world’s response to the health effects of climate change. Before joining the Lancet Countdown, Alice trained as medical doctor in Tasmania and Western Australia. From the very beginning of her medical studies, Alice developed a passion for global health and has been working in the area of climate change and health, alongside her medical training, at the local, national and international level for the past decade. She completed an MSc Public Health (Environment and Health) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and has also worked as a consultant for several actors, including the World Health Organization, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the World Organization of Family Doctors. She is also a competitive ultra-marathon runner.

Sandra McNally

Sandra McNally

Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey

Sandra McNally is a Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey. She is Director of the Centre for Vocational Education Research, London School of Economics and is also Director of the Education and Skills Programme, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics. Research interests include economic evaluation of government policies in schools and further education; labour market returns to education and training. She is a co-editor of the Economics of Education Review.

Bahar Mehmani

Mehmani Bahar web

Reviewer Experience Lead in the Global STM journals at Elsevier.

Dr. Bahar Mehmani is Reviewer Experience Lead in the Global STM journals at Elsevier. She works on several peer review initiatives and projects, all of which are designed to recognize reviewers' contribution to the progress of science. Bahar is a member of Peer Review Week steering committee. She is also vice-chair of the peer review committee and council member of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE). She received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2010. Before joining Elsevier, she was a postdoc researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL).

Michael Meister

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Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Michael Meister was born on 9 June 1961. He holds a doctorate in mathematics and has been a member of the German parliament, the Bundestag, since 1994. From 2002 to 2004 he was chairman of the finance working group of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag. Subsequently, until the end of 2013, he served as deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, where his responsibilities included fiscal and budgetary policy. From December 2013 to March 2018 he was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance. Since March 2018, Meister has held the position of Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Jörg Müller

Mueller Joerg web

Senior Researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3 – UOC) in Barcelona, Spain

Jörg Müller is Senior Researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3 – UOC) in Barcelona, Spain where he forms part of the Gender and ICT research program. He obtained his PhD in Communications at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and holds a degree in Sociology and Computer Science from the Free-University in Berlin, Germany. He has coordinated in several European projects, including the GEDII project on Gender Diversity in Teams and GenPORT - a portal for gender and science resources. He is currently coordinating the ACT project on Communities of Practice to accelerate institutional change on gender equality in the European Research Area.

Nil Mutluer

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Einstein Foundation Senior Scholar in the Diversity and Social Conflict Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Dr. Nil Mutluer, (PhD, Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest) is currently the Einstein Foundation Senior Scholar in the Diversity and Social Conflict Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, where she was an interim professor of Public Law and Gender Studies Department in 2018. Until February 2016 she was the Head of Sociology Department at Nişantaşı University, but after she signed the Peace Petition titled "We Will Not Be Party to this Crime" she was fıred from her position by the university administration. Then, she was awarded the Philipp Schwartz Research Fellowship of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2016 – 2018). She has published extensively in the areas of diversity (gender, ethnic and religious), nationalism, migration, memory studies and Turkish politics in various academic and non-academic journals and newspapers. She is the author of Kurdish Men in Istanbul: Forced Migration and Drive for Inclusion in Everyday Life (forthcoming, 2021) and the editor of the books States of Gender: The Intersectional Borders of Gender in Turkey (2008), States of National: Citizenship and Nationalism, Are We Aware? (2008) and co-editor of Transnational Othering -Global Diversities: Media, Extremism and Free Expression (2019, with Elisabeth Eide, Kristin Skare Orgeret). She co-produced the weekly sociological and political analysis television show ÖteBeri broadcasted on IMC TV (with Emine Uçak). She is the consultant of the 46th Antalya Golden Orange Award (Altın Portakal Ödülleri) winning documentary called “Me and Nuri Bala” (2009, directed by Melisa Önel) which is about the life story of the first feminist transvestite stand up artist of Turkey, Esmeray. She is the founding member of SODA (Social Solidarity Network), and active members of Green Thought Association, the Helsinki Citizens Assembly (hYd) and P. E. N. Turkey.

Lidia Núñez

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Expert at IDEA Consult

Lidia Núñez (PhD) in an expert at IDEA Consult, a Brussels-based organisation active in policy-oriented research and advise. She obtained a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2015, where she also worked as a post-doctoral researcher. Before joining IDEA Consult, she worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. In Spain, she worked for the Ministry of Education, the Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (CEACS) of the Juan March Institute, and the Centre for Sociological Research. Her main interests focus on R&I ecosystems and policies, including the access to and impact of R&I initiatives and infrastructures, as well as on topics related to human capital for innovation. She has been involved since 2016 in the consecutive MORE surveys on behalf of DG Research and Innovation. These surveys are a large-scale and over time monitoring tool for tracking progress towards an open labour market for researchers. The MORE surveys constitute unique sources of information for the analysis of the working conditions, career paths and international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility of European researchers.

Sonja Ochsenfeld-Repp

Sonja Ochsenfeld Repp web

Head of the Division “Equal Opportunities, Research Integrity and Cross-Programme Development”, German Research Foundation

Since July 2018 she is Head of the Division “Equal Opportunities, Research Integrity and Cross-Programme Development”, German Research Foundation. Before she has been Deputy Head of Division “Quality and Programme Management” (2016-2018). Her focus is on the promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion, safeguarding good research practice and international cooperation. From 2012 to 2015 she was Deputy Director of the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (Kowi) and Head of the Bonn office. She was coordinator of the KoWi-Part of the National Contact Point for the European Research Council (ERC). She is a fully qualified lawyer by training and has been awarded a doctoral degree from the University of Bonn in 2007. She has participated as a speaker or chair in many national, European and international conferences.

Hans-Christian Pape

Pape Hans Christian web

Head of Medical Faculty’s Institute of Neurophysiology at the WWU Münster.

Hans-Christian Pape heads the Medical Faculty’s Institute of Neurophysiology at the WWU Münster. Since January 2018, he is President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Pape is a leading expert in the neurophysiological foundations of emotional behavior and gained a special reputation for his research on anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, fear and fear memory as well as the processes regulating sleep and wakefulness. In recognition of his work, Pape has won many distinguished research awards such as the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and the Max Planck Research Award. In addition to conducting research, Hans-Christian Pape is active both nationally and internationally in a number of advisory and consultative bodies. In 2005, he became a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and from 2011 until 2017, was a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities, advising the federal and Länder governments on the content-based and structural development of universities, science and research in Germany. In this capacity, he was most recently head of the Scientific Commission and was a periodic member of the Executive Committee. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Selection Commission for the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, awarded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Michelle Parkouda

Parkouda Michelle web

Manager, Research at the Standards Council of Canada (SCC)

Michelle is the Manager, Research at the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). She is responsible for leading research to demonstrate the economic and social value of standardization. She recently authored the report, When One Size Does Not Protect All: Understanding Why Gender Matters for Standardization. Prior to joining SCC, Michelle was a Senior Research Associate at The Conference Board of Canada, one of the largest think tanks in Canada. While there she was a key presenter in a series of cross-country workshops highlighting the importance of internationally trained workers for the Canadian economy. Michelle completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Ottawa, she has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from McGill University and a BSc in Kinesiology & Health Sciences and Psychology from York University.

Elizabeth Pollitzer

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer Director, Portia Ltd, UK; founder, Gender Summit

Elizabeth Pollitzer, (PhD (InfSc), BSc (Bio/Phys)) is the founder and  director of Portia, which set up the Gender Summit in 2011 and has co-convened  each summit since then.  She is expert evaluator and adviser for the European  Commission, and is involved in several EU projects.  Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD is 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. Portia was the coordinator of the genSET project, the Gender Summits were established as part of the genSET project.

Roberta Rincon


Associate Director of Research for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Roberta Rincon is the Associate Director of Research for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She oversees the organization’s research activities on gender equity issues affecting women in engineering and technology, through education and career. In this role, she applies her expertise to influence cultural and policy changes in academic, industry, and public policy spheres. Before joining SWE, she conducted research and policy analysis in higher education in Texas in the areas of student success and campus planning. Her Ph.D. is in Educational Policy and Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.

Martina Schraudner

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Head of Center for Responsible Research and Innovation of the Fraunhofer IAO and member of board of acatech- Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V.

Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner heads the Center for Responsible Research and Innovation of the Fraunhofer IAO and has been on the board of acatech- Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V. since January 2018. After studying biology and biotechnology and obtaining her doctorate at the Technical University of Munich, she held various positions at the gsf München, the ETH Zurich and the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) since 1993. Starting in 2001, she was initially involved in the research planning of the Fraunhofer headquarter. Since 2008, she has developed and established the Center for Responsible Research in Innovation. Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner heads the department "Gender and Diversity in Technology and Product Development" at the Technical University of Berlin. She is active in national and international selection committees for application-oriented research and innovation projects, among others for the expert group "Structural Change" of the EU and the Advisory Board for Gender and Inclusion of Elsevier. Furthermore she is a member of several University Councils (Paderborn, Landshut) and of the Board of the Competence Centre for Technik-Diversity-Chancengleichheit e.V. She is also currently a member of the BMBF's Future Circle and the Caritas Social Commission.

Kate Sim

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PhD Candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute

Kate Sim (she/her) is a PhD Candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute where she researches the intersection of sexual justice and emerging technologies. Her doctoral thesis examines how automated and data-driven reporting technologies reconfigure the ecosystem of campus safety in US higher education. She also works as Digital Ethnographer for the European Commission's Next Generation Internet (NGI) Forward project for building a safer and more just Internet.

Laurel Smith-Doerr

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Professor of Sociology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Laurel Smith-Doerr is Professor of Sociology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Smith-Doerr’s publications on scientific collaboration, gender equity, and organizations have been cited over 17,000 times. She co-edited the 2017 Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (MIT Press), and won the STS Infrastructure award from the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Her 2019 article with co-authors in the American Journal of Sociology provides a new organizational level theory of the gender pay gap, and won the 2020 prize for best article from the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). She was selected as a 2020 Fulbright Scholar to conduct research on AI knowledge production and equity in Hamburg, Germany (postponed due to pandemic). She is PI of the $3M NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant at UMass Amherst. Currently she serves as the Chair of the Science, Knowledge and Technology section of the ASA, and Vice-President Elect of the Eastern Sociological Society.

Dieter Spath

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President of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. h.c. Dieter Spath, born in 1952, studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. He completed his doctorate at the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (IWB) at the TU Munich. In 1981, Spath joined the KASTO group, where he held various management positions, most recently as Managing Director, until his appointment to the University of Karlsruhe in 1992. Until 2002, he headed the Institute of Production Science (wbk) at the University of Karlsruhe. Dieter Spath has been Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) and the cooperating Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT) at the University of Stuttgart since 2002. During a leave of absence, Prof. Spath headed Wittenstein AG from 2013 to 2016 as Chairman of the Board. Since 2016 he is back at Fraunhofer IAO and IAT of the University of Stuttgart and since 2017 in addition he is president of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). In recognition of his special merits, Prof. Spath got a honorary doctorate in 2007 by the Technical University of Munich. In 2008 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2013 a honorary doctorate of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania).

Clemens Striebing

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Senior researcher national and international projects on organizational culture and diversity in innovation processes at Fraunhofer CeRRI

Dr. Clemens Striebing is working at the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI), where he leads as senior researcher national and international projects on organizational culture and diversity in innovation processes. Clemens Striebing earned his doctorate in 2016 as a sociologist at the University of Heidelberg on the accountability of non-profit organizations. Previously, he studied political science and public law at the Free University of Berlin. Early career stages included a fellowship with the BMW Foundation and participation in a research project on the German foundation system by the University of Heidelberg and the Hertie School of Governance. Clemens Striebing teaches demand-oriented and diversity-sensitive innovation development at TU Berlin. He is a member of the Organizational Sociology Section of the German Society of Sociology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie e.V.).

Maria Zaira Turchi

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Professor at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG)

Maria Zaira Turchi, PhD in Humanities - Literature, is a Professor at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). At the University she has served as Coordinator of Postgraduate Programs and as Director of Faculty of Languages, Literature and Linguistics. She is a researcher in the fields of literary criticism and anthropology with books and papers published. She was the President of Goiás State Funding Agency for Scientific Research – FAPEG, and President of the Brazilian National Council of the State Funding Agencies – CONFAP. She had sits on a number of scientific and educational boards, including the National Council of Science and Technology of Brazil (CCT). She served as Director for Research Infrastructure and Training and Education Policies of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation – MCTI. Currently, she is Director of Institutional Cooperation at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

Miyoko O. Watanabe

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Executive Director and Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusiveness; Chair, Gender Summit 10 Asia-Pacific

Miyoko O. Watanabe is Executive Director at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). She is also the agency’s Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusiveness. Dr Watanabe is a member of the Science Council of Japan and chair of the council’s Committee on Gender-based Science and Innovation. She is also a member of the Specialist Committee on Formulating the Fifth Basic Plan for Gender Equality in Gender Equality Bureau of the Japanese Cabinet Office. She was also appointed STEM girls ambassador by Cabinet office in June 2018, and has been active to promote STEM girls activity. She has a long experience of research in semiconductor physics at Toshiba R&D Center in Japan, and she conducted her physics research as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University, Canada, from 1986 to 1988 and as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Birmingham, U.K., in 1997.