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Research and Innovation Excellence through gender equality: New pathways and challenges


The conference focuses on four main themes and will be augmented by additional discussions. Our key themes are structural and institutional change in gender equality in R&I; a broader concept of equality in R&I; digitalization and gender equality; and gender equality in innovation.

Conference program (subject to changes):

Day 1, 23 Oct., 2019

9.00 Registration and morning coffee

9.30 Opening of the Conference

10.00 Keynote speech: Former President of the Republic of Finland and current chair of the Board of University of Helsinki Tarja Halonen 

10.30 Founders of gender equality in research and innovation

  • Nicole Dewandre, Advisor for Interdisciplinary Support for Policy-making, Joint Research Centre
  • Claudine Hermann, Vice President of the European Platform of Women Scientists
  • Barbara Hartung, Head of division, Ministry of Science and Culture, Lower Saxony

11.45 Lunch Break

12.45 Plenary session: Institutional change for gender equality

  • Lucy Ferguson, Independent consultant and trainer in gender equality, and Research Associate, Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • (The discussants for this session will be selected by the Academic Steering group for the Review of institutional change produced for the conference)

13.45 Plenary session: Sexual harassment and gender-based violence in academia

  • Fredrik Bondestam, Director, Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research, University of Gothenburg
  • Ruth Lewis, Associate Professor, Northumbria University
  • Sami Nevala, Policy Coordinator, European Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • Marta Soler, Professor, University of Barcelona and Director of Community of Research on Excellence for All (CREA)

14.30 Coffee break

15.00 Future of the EU gender in research and innovation policy of EU

  • Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
  • Marcela Linkova, Head of the Centre for Gender & Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the chair of the ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation
  • Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General for research and innovation, European Commission

16.00 Research funding organizations’ role in gender equality advancement

  • Riitta Maijala, Vice President for research, Academy of Finland
  • Enrique Playán, Director of the State Research Agency (AEI), Spain
  • Tá┼ła Hálová Perglová, Deputy Managing Director of the Technology Agency, Czech Republic
  • Carl Jacobsson, Senior Advisor, Swedish Research Council

17.00 End of the first day

19.30 Conference dinner and social programme at Pörssitalo, Helsinki


Day 2, 24 Oct., 2019

9.00 Gender equality and dimension in innovation policy and activities

  • Marja Makarow, Director of Biocenter Finland and the Institute of Biotechnology, Helsinki Institute of Life Science
  • Reetta Kivelä, Co-founder and Board member, Gold and Green Foods
  • Sille Pettai, Fund manager, SmartCap

10.00 Integration of gender dimension in the fields of digitalization, artificial intelligence and robotics

  • Petri Myllymäki, Director, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, University of Helsinki and Vice-Director, Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence
  • Gina Neff, associate professor, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Intersectionality and cross-cutting dimensions of equality in research and innovation to complement the R&I gender equality strategy

  • Emilia Roig, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Intersectional Justice
  • Philomena Essed, Professor, Antioch University
  • Angela Kocze, Assistant Professor and Academic Director of the Roma Graduate Preparation Program, Central European University Hungary
  • Miles Rutendo Tanhira, Founder and Editor, Queerstion Media and Media consultant, Transgender Europe

12.30 Lunch break

13.30 Recommendations for gender equality actions in Horizon Europe

14.15 Helsinki call for action: Short wrap up from each session and discussion

15.00 Closing remarks

  • Hanna Kosonen, Minister of Science and Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland

15.30 Conference ends


If you have any questions related to the practicalities of the conference, please contact:

Tiia Vasko 
Event Manager 
CWT Meetings & Events

If you have any questions related to the speakers or the program of the event, please contact:

Matti Kajaste 
Ministry of Education and Culture
Department for Higher Education and Science Policy and General Upper Secondary Education
P.O. Box 29, FI-00023 Government, Finland
+358 50 573 1109

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 859383 – NEWPATHWAYS.