Dublin hosted the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education at Trinity College Dublin from 20th – 22nd August 2018.
This was the first occasion that this major biennial conference was held in Ireland. These European conferences have since 1998 brought together hundreds of gender equality practitioners, researchers and administrators from Europe and beyond.
The conference provided an international forum to discuss and exchange information and experiences on the challenges related to gender in academia, gender equality promotion and interventions in higher education and research institutions.
Liisa Husu is Professor of Gender Studies at Örebro University, and the Co-Director of the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies and in Sweden. She was engaged in gender equality policy-making in the Finnish governmental gender equality machinery as a Senior Adviser and National Co-ordinator of Women’s Studies, in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Social Affairs from early 1980s to mid-1990s. Her research and publications focus on gender in academia and knowledge production, especially gender dynamics and inequalities in scientific careers, organisations and science policy. She has lectured and presented her research in over thirty countries, and contributed as a gender expert/adviser for R&D stakeholders in Europe and internationally, including ministries, international and national agencies, funding organisations, universities and research institutes. She has played an active role in European research development and actions on gender and science in EC expert groups and EC research projects (ADVANCE, PROMETEA, genSET, GenPORT, GEDII). She was the Rapporteur of the EC expert group Gender and Excellence (The Gender Challenge in Research Funding, 2009), a founding member of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of EWORA, European Women Rectors Association. She co-organised the first European conference on gender equality in higher education in Helsinki and, as the moderator of the European Network on Gender Equality in Higher Education, has since contributed to the organising of the nine subsequent European conferences.
Professor Eileen Drew is the Director of the Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership (formerly WiSER) at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland where she has taught in the School of Computer Science and Statistics and Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research interests are: gender and the labour market, equality and diversity, work/life balance, the gender pay gap, family leave policies and gender in entrepreneurship and academic leadership.
During her academic career, Professor Drew has been involved in research, training and consultancy for numerous international gender related projects for the Council of Europe and European Commission. Professor Drew worked as the Gender Mainstreaming expert for the Social Security Reform Co-operation Project in China. She holds the position of National Senior Expert to the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and has provided national expertise for several European Gender Equality Institute (EIGE) projects. She was appointed the Irish representative on the International Leave and Related Research Network and, more recently, represents Ireland, as the academic representative on the EU ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation. Professor Drew is engaged in driving the Athena SWAN initiative in Trinity College, following the successful completion of the INstitutional Transformation for Effecting Gender Equality (INTEGER) Project in June 2015. She is currently the Coordinator of the Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) Horizon 2020 Project that commenced September 2016.