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CALIPER in the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) conference 2022

The CALIPER project, along with AE Cardiff, and the Young Academy of Europe, held a session on 16th July in the context of ESOF2022.

The Chair: Fact or Fiction? Addressing the challenges faced by women leaders in academia”, inspired by the popular Netflix series The Chair.

The show revolves around overtly stereotypical characters in a conventional academic setting. The show is satirical, and is meant to entertain; but how far is this comedy-drama from reality? 

The session was divided into three parts:

  • Real-life experiences: Professor Mangala Srinivas of Wageningen University covered a diverse range of issues on gender equality, including the concern of not having a permanent contract, challenges associated with being an expat and the problems of lack of career recognition.
  • Gender policies in the academic sector: Dr Susanne Täuber, Associate Professor & Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen, gave the keynote talk in which she highlighted the gap between gender equality policy and practice within the academic sector, and why this gap exists.
  • Examples of the CALIPER experience: Dr Sara Aguirre-Sánchez-Beato of Université Libre de Bruxelles and Marcelo Mora of IRB Barcelona, highlighted two active examples of the Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) they have developed within the context of CALIPER. Marcelo Mora also presented a video that IRB created on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2022, inviting the IRB employees to participate!

The webinar was chaired by Dr Gemma Modinos, from the Young Academy of Europe.

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