Impetus for Europe – equality-oriented structures and diversity in research

The conference will be held in a hybrid format. © BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel

The conference is scheduled to take place in Hamburg, Germany, on 11-12 November 2020.

The aim of the event is to present future-oriented approaches for improving equal opportunities in the research system, to discuss these with representatives of the Member States as well as third countries and to develop them further for the European Research Area. Experts from the Member States will also be invited.

The purpose is to give vital impetus for structural gender equality and diversity in the European Research Area. The keynote speakers and participants in panel debates and forums will discuss suitable strategies and visions for enshrining equal opportunities in organisational structures and strengthening the integration of gender aspects in research throughout Europe.

Programme overview

The conference will be held in a hybrid format.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a limited number of participants will meet in Hamburg on 11 and 12 November.

The programme will be made available on this website. The digital programme items will be posted on 11 November 2020. From early December, all programme items will be available as separate videos.

Opening [available from early December 2020]

  • Dr Michael Meister
    Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research
  • Maria-Luisa Cabral
    Skills and Social Adviser in Commission President von der Leyen’s team 
  • Katharina Fegebank
    Second Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Laudatory speech [available from early December 2020]

  • 20th anniversary of the CEWS Centre of Excellence Women and Science at the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Professor Matthias Kleiner
President of the Leibniz Association

Keynotes and introductory talks

  • Ample and equal opportunity? Gender equality as a constitutional task [available from early December 2020]
    Professor Maria Wersig

President of the German Women Lawyers Association

  • Women in leadership positions in research organizations: Empirical insights and practical recommendations [available from 11 November 2020]
    Professor Claudia Peus
    Technical University of Munich
  • The impact of sex and gender on research excellence [available from early December 2020]
    Professor Sabine Oertelt-Prigione
    Radboud University Nijmegen
  • One Voice Does Not Fit All: On the diversity of evidence-based science communication in the corona pandemic. [available from early December 2020]
    Professor Marylyn M. Addo
    Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

International panel discussions [available from early December 2020]

  • Equality-oriented structures in science and academia

Experts will discuss the current situation of gender equality in the scientific system and provide their views on further development.

  • European/international prospects and challenges regarding the structural integration of gender and diversity issues in research

Experts will discuss the problems and challenges involved in stronger structural integration of gender and diversity issues in research and consider which specific areas of action should be addressed.

Round table [available from 11 November 2020]

  • On the way to the top: female careers at universities and research institutions
    Women report on their successful careers in science and research
    Moderators: Vincent-Immanuel Herr and Martin Speer

Digital presentation of practice examples [available from 11 November 2020]

  • Presentation of good practice examples from Germany regarding equal opportunities in the research system

Information film [available from 11 November 2020]

The Women Professors Programme of the Federal Government and the Länder
a success story