Dr Thomas Berghöfer, Gender Summit 9 Eu speaker

Senior researcher, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), Germany.

GENERA: Measuring, monitoring, and advancing gender equality in Physics RPOs
Plenary: Developing and implementing gender equality measures for fair advancement in STEM careers

Thomas Berghöfer studied Physics and Astrophysics at the universities of Marburg and Bochum, and received his PhD from the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich. During his active research career he was working in X-ray and EUV astronomy at the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, the Space Sciences Lab of UC Berkeley, and the observatory of 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. Later he became a science programme manager in the German research funding system of the federal government. He is very experienced in coordinating larger consortia in Europe such as the ERA-NETs ASPERA and ASPERA-2.

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Prof Mark Ferguson, Gender Summit 9 Europe speaker

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI);  Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, Ireland.

Improving gender balance in research grant applications
Plenary: Developing and implementing gender equality measures for fair advancement in STEM careers

Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland in October 2012.  Previously, Mark Ferguson was appointed Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Manchester in 1984, aged 28, when he was the youngest Professor in Britain. He has held a number of administrative posts including Head of Department and Dean. He played a key role in the internationally acclaimed restructuring of Life Sciences at The University of Manchester. Mark has wide ranging research interests which focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms in scarring and wound healing, developmental mechanisms in normal and cleft palate formation, alligator and crocodile biology. He is the discoverer of scar free embryonic wound healing and temperature dependent sex determination in alligators and crocodiles.

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Frederick Bondestam, Gender Summit 9 Eu speaker

Head of operations for GMA (Gender Mainstreaming Academia in Sweden), Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research; NIKK – Nordic Information on Gender, Gothenburg University, Sweden.

Rolling out systematic approach to gender mainstreaming in academia in Sweden
Plenary: Strategic priorities for regional STEM gender equality policy

Dr Fredrik Bondestam has a doctorate in sociology (2004, Uppsala University) on feminist theory, gender equality and gender mainstreaming in academia, and has since then done research on gender and higher education in different respects, foremost on gender and organisational change, critical and feminist pedagogy and teaching, sexual harassment and violence, implementation of gender equality and gender mainstreaming, among other. His research spans other fields as well, for example risk, organisation and masculinities, gendered teaching in elementary schools, the role of feminist theory and methodology in sociological research. His main field of expertise is thus research politics, higher education, gender and gender mainstreaming in a broad sense, emanating from pioneering work at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, within the framework of a Centre of Excellence. 

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Martin Schaaper, Gender Summit 9 Eu speaker

Program Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Developing better measures of gender equality in STEM: the UNESCO SAGA project
Plenary: Improving quality of STEM gender equality indicators

Martin Schaaper, a Dutch national, is Head of the Science, Technology and Innovation Statistics unit and the Communication and Information Statistics unit at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, based in Montreal, Canada.  He oversees three global data collections conducted by the Institute, on R&D statistics, innovation statistics and ICT in education statistics, and is responsible for the dissemination of these data on the UIS website, in UIS reports and in the databases and reports of a variety of partners. He is also responsible for capacity building and training activities in developing countries in these areas, and for the development of relevant methodologies.  He is also steering SAGA (STEM and Gender Advancement), a global UNESCO project supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The aim of SAGA is to contribute to improving the situation of women and reducing the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in all countries at all levels of education and research.

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Ana Arana Antelo, Gender Summit 9 Eu speaker

Head of Unit, Science With and For Society, Directorate General Research & Innovation (DGR&I), European Commission.

Shaping the Roadmap for RRI learning from the experience of advancing gender in STEM
Plenary: Social impact and responsibility of science and science policy

Ana Arana Antelo is a lawyer specialised in European Law. She works in the European Commission as Head of Unit for "Science with and for Society" in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, where she also headed the "Research Infrastructures" unit. She was previously Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner responsible for Research, Innovation and Science.  Prior to that she worked in the Directorate General for Transport and Energy, where she headed the unit responsible for the electricity and gas internal markets. She has also worked in the Directorate General for Competition, as well as in the Directorate General for External Relations dealing with relations with the then New Independent States of the former Soviet Union. Before entering the European Commission, Ana worked as head of the legal department in a software company.

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