FESTA-GARCIA joint final conference was held in Brussels on 7th and 8th November 2016.

Auditoire Central Maisin – Université Catholique de Louvain
Campus Bruxelles Woluwe, Place de l’Alma

The event has been an extraordinary occasion to illustrate and compare the implemented actions and the results obtained within two EU structural change projects concerned with gender equality in academia and research, and to launch a broader discussion on gender equality initiatives at the EU level, focusing on their effectiveness and possible future developments.

The presentations held at the Conference can be downloaded by clicking on the links provided below.


7 November 2016

08.30  Registration


09.00 – 09.30 Institutional greetings

– Authorities of the hosting University

– Welcome by Chiara Tripepi and Catharina Haller-Wank (FESTA and GARCIA project officers)

– Prof. Athene Donald, University of Cambridge, Representative of the ERC

– Minna Salminen-Karlsson (coordinator of the FESTA project)

– Annalisa Murgia & Barbara Poggio (coordinators of the GARCIA project)

Chair: Bernard Fusulier, Université Catholique Louvain, Belgium



09.30 – 10.00 Contextualizing Academic Careers in the European Context 

Early Academic Careers in Cross-National Perspective (GARCIA: Nicky Le Feuvre and Farinaz Fassa, University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Chair: Gülsün Saglamer, Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkey


10.00 – 10.30 GAPs

 Gender Action Plans in the GARCIA project (GARCIA: Annalisa Murgia, University of Trento)

Chair: Georgi Apostolov, South West University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria



10.30 – 11.30 Coffee break



11.00 – 12.00 Raising awareness on gender practices

Raising awareness about gender in Academia: the individual perspective (FESTA: Pat O’Connor University of Limerick, Ireland, and Georgi Apostolov, South West University, Blaoevgrad, Bulgaria), the organizational perspective (FESTA: Liv Baisner, Syddansk University, Odense, Denmark)

Gender and precariousness in academia: a multi-method approach (GARCIA: Francesca Fiore and Rossella Bozzon, University of Trento, Italy)

Chair: Duška Knežević Hočevar, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia


12.00 – 13.00 Changing organizational cultures

Improving interactional patterns: meeting culture and the gender perspective (FESTA: Georgi Apostolov, Southwestern University, Blaoevgrad, Bulgaria, and Eva Sophia Myers, Syddansk University, Odense, Denmark)

Leaky pipeline and interrelated phenomena (GARCIA: Farah Dubois-Shaik and Grégoire Lits, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)

Chair: Sabine Kradolfer, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


13.00 – 14:00 Lunch and Poster Session: Actions and Plans Developed at each Institution


14.00 – 15.30 The gendered construction of excellence 

– The limits of the concept of excellence in hiring processes –  and what to do about it (FESTA: Manuela Aye, Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule, Aachen, Germany)

–  Deconstructing excellence in the working environment (FESTA: Minna Salminnen, University of Uppsala, Sweden)

–  Gender practices in the construction of excellence criteria for early career academics  (GARCIA: Channah Herschberg, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

 Chair: Kjell Bratbergsengen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norwey


15.30 – 16:00 Coffee break


16.00 – 17.30 Gendering research and education 

–   Challenges of integrating gender-sensitive approach in research and teaching (GARCIA: Jovana Mihajlović Trbovc and Ana Hofman, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

–   Building a mentoring programme: transversality and organisational specificities (GARCIA: Caroline Vincke and Helene Adam, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)

–   PhD supervision and the gender perspective (FESTA: Ulrike Schnaas, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Eva Sophia Myers Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark)

 Chair: Yvonne Benschop, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands 


17.30  18.30, Late afternoon event on the future of research programs on gender & science, talk and discussion. 

Featured speakers: Ana Arana Antelo, European Commission; Elisabeth Pollitzer, Portia Ltd, UK.

Chair: Pat O’Connor University of Limerick, Ireland


8 November 2016


09.00 – 10.30 Gendering communication and decision making 

– Is gender budgeting a tool for change in decision making? (GARCIA: Finnborg Salome Steinthorsdóttir, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland)

– Gendering communication and decision making: the formal and the informal perspective (FESTA: Clare O’Hagan, University of Limerick, Ireland, and Marco Zamarian, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy)

Chair: Eileen M. Trauth, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.


10.30 – 11.10 Dealing with organizational change 

– Gendering organizations: dealing with resistances (Gülsün Saglamer, Mine Tan, Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkeyand Lut Margaert, Yellow Window, Belgium)

 Chair: Thorgerdur Einarsdóttir, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland


11.10 – 11.40 Coffee break


11.40 – 12.40 Meta-analysis of the projects 

 Meta-reflection on the FESTA project (Minna Salminnen, University of Uppsala, Sweden)

– Implementation Challenges in Structural Change Projects: learnings from GARCIA (Florian Holzinger and Helene Schiffbaenker, Johanneum Research, Graz, Austria)

Chair: Gabriele Griffin, University of Uppsala, Sweden


12.40 13.00 Institutional conclusions