Day 1: November 21, 2013

08:30 – 9:00

REGISTRATION of participants

09:00– 10:00

OPENING AND KEY NOTE REMARKS: “Challenges for science and the latest EU policy decisions targeted to overcome them”

Chair: Prof Rimantas Vaitkus, LT Vice Minister of Science and Education of the Republic of Lithuania

  • Welcome of H. E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Key talk of Ms. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
  • Prof Rimantas Vaitkus, LT Vice Minister of Science and Education of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Welcome on behalf Mme I. Bokova, Director General of UNESCO presented by Ms Saniye Gülser Corat, Director of Gender Equality Division, UNESCO
  • Welcome of Mr. Bjørn Haugstad, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research
  • Prof Juras Banys, Rector of Vilnius University

10:00– 11:00

PLENARY SESSION 1: “Gender in Science and Society: global policy implications and strategies”

Chair: Dr Ines Sanchez de Madariaga, Chair, COST network genderSTE


  • Mme. Nicole Améline, UN CEDAW. Title of paper to be announced
  • Ms Anna Rita Manca, European Gender Equality Institute. Boosting gender equality in research: the importance of targeted decisions for Europe
  • Ms Viviane Willis-Mazzichi, DG Research, European Commission. Gender in research and innovation: the European Commission’s strategy


Coffee break

11:30– 13:00

PLENARY DISCUSSION: “Redefining the problems and broadening the responsibilities to start change in research organisations and universities”

Moderator: Prof Alexandra Bitusikova, Matej Bel University, Slovakia


  • Prof Isabelle Vernos, European Research Council
  • Prof Gustav Amberg, Vice-President Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Prof Dr Gülsün Sağlamer, Chair of European Women Rectors Platform
  • Ms Michele Garfinkel, European Molecular Biology Organization
  • Prof Maria Elżbieta Orłowska, Secretary of State, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00


“Responsibility and experience gained by Member States, science funding organisations, research and higher education institutions and professional scientific societies”


Chair: Ms Christina Hadulla-Kuhlmann, German Ministry of Education and Research

Rapporteur: Prof Alison Woodward, Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgian coordinator for the Research Network Gender and the State


  • Prof Gerd Bjørhovde, National Committee for Gender Balance, Norway. Ten years of challenges and achievements – what works? A discussion of the work of the Norwegian Committee for Gender Balance in Research
  • Dr Andreas Wildberger, Head of Structural Programmes, Austrian Research Promotion Agency. If you can’t change their minds, change your criteria!
  • Ms Caroline Bélan-Ménagier, French Ministry for Higher Education and Research. Creating systemic gender policies in France

Chair: Dr Vanessa Campo-Ruiz, Science Officer to the Chief Executive, European Science Foundation

Rapporteur: Dr Suzanne de Cheveigné, Centre Norbert Elias, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique


  • Prof Cecilia Jarlskog, former member of Nobel Prize committee in Physics; IUPAP. On a  rare species – female Nobel Laureates in Physics and Chemistry
  • Mr. Peter Munk Christiansen, chairman of the board of the Danish Council for Independent Research. Gender equality and inequality in Danish Research Policy
  • Dr Shewly Choudhury, Deputy Head of Basic Careers, Wellcome Trust, UK. Supporting outstanding researchers: retaining talent

Chair: Prof Claudine Hermann, European Platform of Women Scientists

Rapporteur: Nadine Heller, Secretary General, European Women’s Lobby


  • Dr Brigitte Muehlenbruch, President European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS. Raising the voice of women scientists in the European research policy debate
  • Prof Els de Wolf, European Physical Society. EPS equal opportunity policy: fostering visibility and influence of female physicists in Europe
  • Ms Carole France Chapin, EURODOC. Thinking Gender Equality among Early Stage Researchers Challenges: EURODOC position and actions

Chair: Prof Teresa Rees, Cardiff University; Leadership Foundation

Rapporteur: Dr Katrien Maes, LERU Gender Equality Committee


  • Prof Jadranka Gvozdanovic, LERU/Heidelberg University. Monitoring as basis for structural-decision policies in universities
  • Prof Doina Balahur, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. Structural transformation to achieve gender equality in science: the experience and good practice from the oldest university in Romania
  • Dr Anne Pépin, Mission for the Place of Women at CNRS. Fostering structural change and gender mainstreaming in research institutions through European and international partnerships 

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00


Including Poster Session Opening Ceremony


Conference dinner

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Katedros a. 4

Day 2: November 22, 2013

08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:00


“Specific measures to be taken in research organisations and universities”


Chair: Prof Gerd Bjørhovde, National Committee for Gender Balance in Research, Norway

Rapporteur: Dr Marcela Linkova, Center for Women in Science in Czech Republic


  • Prof Rossella Palomba, The National Research Council, Italy. Principles and Practice of Gender Equality Management in science
  • Prof Tomas Brage, Lund University. Gender Certification at Physics in Lund – a road to change?
  • Prof Eileen Drew, Director of Centre for Women in Science & Engineering Research (WiSER). Addressing the Under-representation of Women in Research Management

Chair: Dr Marina Cacace, The Assembly of Women for Development and the Struggle against Social Exclusion (ASDO)

Rapporteur: Dr Lut Mergaert, Yellow Window consultancy


  • Prof Teresa Rees, Cardiff University, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Gender in Academic Leadership

  • Prof Tor Grande, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Female talents in science – importance of continuous recognition and encouragement

  • Dr Ingrid Wuenning Tschol, Bosch Foundation. No More Excuses – Finding Excellent Female Scientists on AcademiaNet

Chair: Prof Ineke Klinge, Maastricht University

Rapporteur: Dr Anke Lipinsky, Center of Excellence Women and Science, Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences


  • Dr Shirin Heidari, International AIDS Society. Making visible the invisible: sex and gender dimensions in scientific research and reporting
  • Prof Sveva Avveduto, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPP). Gender dimension in social sciences
  • Dr Astrid Linder, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute. Neck injury prevention: Male and female occupant models in crash testing

Chair: Prof Liisa Husu, Örebro Universy

Rapporteur: Dr Juliet Webster, Director, Gender and ICT Programme, Open University of Catalonia


  • Dr Brigitte Ratzer, Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Gender in the Culture of Technological Sciences
  • Ms Sarah Dickinson, Equality Challenge Unit/ATHENA-SWAN. Athena SWAN: recognising excellence in women’s employment in UK academic science
  • Dr Marc Gärtner, European Academy for Women in Politics and Business (EAF); Dissens Institute. Changing Androcentric Work-Life Patterns – Gender Equality and the Role of Men

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 11:30

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: “How to make the collaboration among stakeholders implementing structural change in research institutions and universities effective and sustainable?”

Moderator: Ms Agnès Hubert, BEPA


  • Prof Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission
  • Prof Maria Helena Nazaré, President of European Universities Association (EUA)
  • Dr Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, Director of the Women and Science Unit at the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Research and Innovation, Spain
  • Ms Maya Widmer, Swiss National Science Foundation

11:30 – 13:00

PLENARY SESSION 3:  “Following up activities towards sustainable changes  in research institutions and universities”

Chair: Prof Maria Stratigaki, Former Secretary general for gender equality of Greece; Centre for Gender Studies, Panteion University


  • Rapporteurs from parallel sessions: Prof Alison Woodward, Dr Suzanne de Chevigné, Nadine Heller,  Dr Katrien Maes, Dr Marcella Linkova, Dr Lut Mergaert, Dr Anke Lipinsky, Dr Juliet Webster. Review of the results from parallel sessions discussions
  • Prof Dalia Šatkovskienė, Initiatives related with gender equality in research for EU Regional and International Projects
  • Adoption of Conference Resolution

13:00 – 13:30


Chair: Prof Claudine Hermann, European Platform of Women Scientists

  • Mr. Neris Germanas, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Prof Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission
  • Prof Gražina Tautvaišienė, Vice director of VU ITPA, member of organizing committee

13:30 – 14:30