GS7 Regional Committee

A Committee is established for each regional Gender Summit. For the Gender Summit 7 Europe 2015 the following Committee members are kindly contributing their expertise to the success of the event:

Hans M Borchgrevink, Gender Summit 7Eu, Regional Committee Member Former Special Adviser, International Staff, The Research Council Norway (RCN), Norway

Hans 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).

Elizabeth Pollitzer, Gender Summit 7 Europe Regional Committee
Director, Portia Ltd, Gender Summit founder, UK.

Chair, Panel 3: Shaping the Gender Summit's regional and global mission

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.

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Prof Pat O'Connor, Gender Summit 7 Europe Regional Committee
Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick, Ireland. 

Prof O’Connor’s core teaching and research interest is gender. Her current research interest is in the gendering of management and higher education, and more broadly in the gendering of organizations, leadership, excellence and careers. It is reflected in her teaching interests in higher education; in gender theory; in the gendered aspects of the family; the state and masculinity. Initially Prof O’Connor was most interested in researching the worlds of love. So she focused on friendships; mother/daughter; sister/sister; marital pleasure. Some of these interests were reflected in her book on Friendships Between Women (published by Harvester/Wheatsheaf  and Guildford, and nominated by Choice as an outstanding academic book). Later, Prof O’Connor tried to understand  the impact of gender on children and young people, and this was reflected in Irish Children and Teenagers in a Changing World where she looked at the extent to which young people’s lives were ‘mapped’ by gender, despite the influences of globalization and individualization. Her interest in both the public and the private world was reflected in a study of women’s lives in the home and at work and that became Emerging Voices: Women in Contemporary Irish Society. She has become increasingly interested in the gendering of public power: in the state, in semi-state structures, in higher education and in the wider society. Her own experiences as Dean of the Faculty (2000-2010) have been part of this context. Her book on Management and Gender in Higher Education (2014 with MUP: distribution by Palgrave in the US) reflects some of these interests. Prof O'Connor has published roughly 100 peer reviewed publications in these and other areas (see under Publications).

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Prof Rosella Pallomba, Gender Summit 7 Europe Regional Committee
Social Demographer and former Research Director and Associate, National Research Council (CNR), Italy.

Rossella Palomba is a social demographer and former Research Director and Associate at the National Research Council (CNR) in Italy. Her main fields of research are: the impact of policies on gender equity; gender statistics and indicators; women and science. Rossella has coordinated a number of national and international projects and was member of numerous EU expert groups on women in science. She was member of the ETAN Report working group, Italian EU Ambassador for equal opportunities in science, member of the Gender and Excellence EU experts’ group. Rossella chairs in many national and international research committees. She has written more than 180 articles, books and research reports on social policies and gender.