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XI European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education

The Book of Abstracts of the 11th GEHE Conference is already available. Please download it from here


European local Committee Conferences of Gender Equality in Higher Educacion


Scientific Committee of Gender Equality in Higher Educacion.


The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Ministry of Universities, in collaboration with the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the support of the European Network on Gender Equality in Higher Education and other Spanish stakeholders, is pleased to invite you to the 11th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education that will be held online during September 15-17, 2021.
Our aim is to promote a gender-sensitive culture in our academic and R&I systems in light of the global challenges ahead of us. The contributions received will strengthen the well-established debates on gender equality in higher education and research as well as  encourage mainstreaming the gender perspective in new domains such as national and regional funding agencies and the innovation sector.
The academic and institutional community behind the 11th European Conference is designing a high-level academic programme and also parallel networking activities that will help make this Conference more lively and interesting for you and will contribute to consolidate this European network.


The 11th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education welcomes high-level contributions to be evaluated by our Scientific Committee in the following topics:

• Gender approaches in fostering scientific-technical vocations, especially in STEM fields
• Integration of the gender dimension in university teaching (undergraduate, postgraduate and pre-doctoral training)
• Policies fostering the incorporation of the gender dimension into the content of research, knowledge transfer and innovation
• Policies fostering structural change for gender equality in the research, technology and innovation system
• Gender Equality Plans and strategies in research, technology and innovation institutions

Moreover, given the implications of the COVID-19 for the different dimensions of gender equality policies in R&I, a new topic has been added:
• Impact of the COVID-19 and the confinement on women’s research careers as well as the role of sex/gender analysis in transdisciplinary research on COVID-19

With two cross-cutting dimensions for all the conference areas:
• Gender and Intersectionality
• Application to Polytechnic Universities, including special focus on STEM fields and Women in STEM, as well as on STEM-SSH interdisciplinarity


The biennial European Conferences on Gender Equality in Higher Education have joined practitioners, researchers, teachers and R&I managers from different countries in Europe and beyond, who are interested in sharing and assessing practices and policies around gender equality in higher education and R&I.
Previous editions of the Conference have been:

Dublin, 2018: 10th European Conference on GEHE

Paris, 2016: 9th European Conference GEHE

Vienna, 2014: 8th European Conference on GEHE

Bergen, 2012: 7th European Conference on GEHE

Stockholm, 2009: 6th European Conference on GEHE

Berlin, 2007: 5th European Conference on GEHE

Oxford, 2005: 4th European Conference on GEHE

Genoa, 2003: 3rd European Conference on GEHE

Zürich, 2000: 2nd European Conference on GEHE

Helsinki, 1998: 1st European Conference on GEHE

Local Committee

Zulema Altamirano Argudo

Ministry of Science and Innovation

Elena Arnalich Montiel

Ministry of Universities

Cecilia Cabello Valdés

Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)

Almudena Carrero Escribano

Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)

Paloma García-Maroto Olmos

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Lydia González Orta

Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology  (FECYT)

Marta Lestayo Ortega

Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)

Event live

The 11th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education will take place as a fully virtual meeting.
The Conference will take place between 15-17 September 2021. Virtual sessions will be available on-demand after the Conference, until 30 October 2021.
Registered participants will receive their login details and further information about their attendance at the end of August. The virtual platform will be accessible from the 30 August 2021.


Scientific Committee

Prof. Maria Bustelo (ES)
Prof. Capitolina Díaz (ES)
Prof. Eileen Drew (IE)
Dr. Florian Holzinger (AT)
Prof. Liisa Husu (FI/SE)
Dr. Marcela Linkova (CZ)
Dr. Anke Lipinsky (DE)
Dr. Pavel Ovseiko (UK)
Prof. Rossella Palomba (IT)
Dr. Yvonne Pourrat (FR)
Dr. Brigitte Ratzer (AT)
Prof. Emilia Rodrigues (PT)
Prof. Milagros Sáinz (ES)
Prof. Maria Stratigaki (GR)
Prof. Marieke Van den Brink (NE)
Dr. Matthias Wullum (DK)


Relevant information – outcomes:
The Women and Science Unit of the Ministry of Science and Innovation will publish an electronic book of abstracts with all the contributions presented in this Conference. Full papers are not required. The book of abstracts will include its own identification number of official publicactions given by the Spanish General Administration.

Main Speakers

Thamar Heijstra

Day 15

Opening lecture:
Academic career making in a gendered environment: Men as the norm, women as the deviant and feminists as double deviants.

Short bio:

Thamar Heijstra is an Associate professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology, Antropology and Folkloristics at the University of Iceland. She has been publishing internationally on academic career making, gender budgeting and academic housework. Her main areas of expertise are organisational culture, work conditions, work-family balance, well-being, gender budgeting and gender relations.

Marcela Linkova

Day 17

Closing lecture:
Building feminist futures in European research: major shifts, continued contestations, new challenges

Short bio:
Marcela Linková PhD is a researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences where she directs the Centre for Gender and Science. She holds a doctorate in sociology from Charles University in Prague. Her research focuses on sociology of gendered organizations, research careers, governance of research and research assessment from a gender perspective. Marcela also examines the material-discursive practices through which gender equality policies and initiatives are adopted and implemented at the European and Czech country levels. She is the chair of the ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation. She is active in developing policy solutions for gender equality in research at the Czech and EU levels. Marcela has been involved in several EU funded projects; most recently, she is the coordinator of Horizon 2020 GENDERACTION and participates in GE Academy, Gender-SMART, CASPER, UniSAFE and RESISTIRE. She has served on expert and advisory bodies of the European Commission and in the Czech Republic. Her work has appeared in European Journal of Women’s Studies, Gender and Research, and Science and Public Policy, among others. She is co-editor of Gender and Neoliberalism in Czech Academia (Sociologické nakladatelství, 2017). With Mary Frank Fox and Kjersten Bunker Whittington she contributed to the 4th edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (2018) and with Lut Mergaert to the Routledge Handbook of Gender and EU Politics (2021). She is an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Programme “Women in STEM”.

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