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XI European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education

Virtual Conference on 15, 16 and 17, September 2021.


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)

Registration fee

The registration fee is € 25

Registration for speakers will be open until June, 14
Registration for attendees will be open until June, 30


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)


Main Speakers

Thamar Heijstra: opening lecture, día 15
Marcela Linkova: closing lecture, día 17

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.

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