Conference in Naples – Inclusive Academia

EUMENT-NET and Department of Political Science University of Naples Federico II invite you to the international conference dedicated to the topic of unconscious bias in transforming academia and the strategies how to tackle them.

Part of the conference will focus on mentoring as a succesful tool to support gender equality and diversity in academia.

16-17 September 2019, Naples, Italy

Conference title: Inequality vs inclusiveness in changing academic governance: policies, resistances, opportunities 

In the last decades, profound transformations have been re-shaping academia and the research environment. Recent reforms in funding structures, research assessment exercises, and accountability procedures are redesigning the practices in academic work, redefining research schedules and determining relevant effects on scientific career paths. The academic practices emerging in these contexts produce new inequalities while strengthening old ones. Changing rules in recruitment and career development of researchers in some instances reduce and in others intensify the pre-existing gender gaps, having ambivalent impacts on different researchers’ cohorts, on minorities, on universities of different sizes, and different regional contexts.

European policies are orienting research and innovation processes towards the development of more responsible and inclusive research practices, able to respond to the challenges of contemporary society. Gender Equality plans and mentoring programs in scientific institutions are part of these practices, fostering diversity in academia. Implemented in different national and cultural contexts, they offer a variety of models to tackle inequalities in academia, develop intergenerational exchange and encourage diversity.

This conference, organized by the University of Naples Federico II and EUMENT-NET (European network of mentoring programs in academia), aims to encourage the debate about the impact of current transformations on academic landscapes in terms of gender and diversity, and about the achievements of equality action plans and related practices among:

  • academics and researchers from different research fields,
  • decision-makers in academia and government bodies,
  • practitioners from academic and research institutions (project managers and persons in charge of the implementation of gender equality plans/projects, mentoring programs, etc., and other HR development professionals).

Keynote speakers:

  • Marieke van den Brink, Professor of Gender & Diversity at the Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Marcela Linková, Head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Chair of the ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation

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KEY DATES

Deadline for abstract submission: 30th of June 2019

Acceptance of abstracts announcement: 15th of July 2019

Registration:

Deadline early bird rate: 31st of July 2019;

Deadline standard rate: 31st of August 2019.

You can register here.