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Gender Equality in STEMM:
The Future is Bright

Tuesday 11 October 2016
Athena SWAN at Ulster
Ulster University,
Magee campus,
Derry - Londonderry

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  • Gender Equality in STEMM: The Future is Bright Conference

    As part of the Athena SWAN initiative, Ulster University, in partnership with the University of Limerick, the North West Regional College and Derry and Strabane District Council are hosting a conference to inspire, support and share excellent practice to improve gender equality in STEMM.

    This conference aims to showcase the innovative practice that is underway within the sector, and from elsewhere, to encourage women and girls into STEMM and to transform the workplace culture.  The event will bring together more than 120 delegates including researchers, policy makers, educators and leaders from industry to consider existing initiatives in addressing gender inequality in science locally, nationally and across Europe, and debate what more needs to be done to sustain and enhance those initiatives.

    The conference will feature keynote addresses by Professor Curt Rice, Head of Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research, Gillian McColgan, Chief Technology Officer, Marquis Technologies and Dr Anke Lipinsky, Scientific Associate, Center of Excellence Women and Science, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

    The conference will provide an excellent forum to discuss and debate gender issues in STEMM and will include workshop sessions, a facilitated Q&A panel, a poster exhibition and networking opportunities.

    Keynote Speakers

    The conference will feature keynote addresses by:

    1. Professor Curt Rice, President of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences and Head of Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research
    2. Gillian McColgan, Chief Technology Officer, Marquis Technologies
    3. Dr Anke Lipinsky, Scientific Associate, Center of Excellence Women and Science, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

    Sponsors

    • Ulster University
    • University of Limerick
    • Derry City & Strabane District Council
    • North West Regional College
    • InterTradeIreland
  • Opening Reception

    All conference delegates are warmly invited to attend the welcome reception, hosted by the North West Regional College, to launch the conference on the evening of Monday 10th October 2016.

    The event will start at 18:30 and will be held in the Foyle Theatre, Foyle Building, Strand Road, Derry-Londonderry.

    Refreshments will include drinks and canapés.  Further information on the welcome reception to follow.

    Please be sure to book your place when registering for the conference.

  • Programme*

    8:30

    Registration, Refreshments and Networking

    9:15

    Opening and Welcome Address

    Chair: Dr Joanne Stuart OBE, Director of Development, Catalyst Inc

    Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Impact, Ulster University

    Professor Paul McCutcheon, Vice President Academic & Registrar, University of Limerick

    9:30

    Keynote Addresses

    Ms Gillian McColgan, Chief Technology Officer, Marquis Technologies

    Dr Anke Lipinsky, Scientific Associate, Center of Excellence Women and Science, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

    Professor Curt Rice, President of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences and Head of Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research

    11:00

    Facilitated Q&A

    11.15

    Refreshments and Networking

    11:30

    Parallel Workshop Sessions 1

    12:30

    Lunch and Poster Exhibition

    13:30

    Athena SWAN at Ulster University and University of Limerick

    Dr Mary Hannon-Fletcher, Chair of Ulster Athena SWAN Committee and Marie Connolly, HR Manager, Organisation Change, University of Limerick

    13:45

    Inspiring Female Scientists: Personal Success Stories

    14:30

    Refreshments and Networking

    14:45

    Parallel Workshop Sessions 2

    15:45

    Conclusions and Closing Comments

    Leo Murphy, Principal, North West Regional College

    16:00

    End of conference

    *Programme subject to change

    Parallel Workshop Sessions

    Morning - 11:30 – 12.30

    1. How Sex Makes Your Research Better, Professor Curt Rice, Head of Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research
    2. Horizon 2020: Science with and for Society (SWAFS) Work Programme, Alva O’Cleirigh, National Delegate and National Contact Point for SWAFS in Ireland
    3. Steps to Success, Averil Leimon, Director, Whitewater Group
    4. Introduction to Research Impact: Lessons for Science and Gender Research, Maeve Lankford (Associate), Leadership Foundation Higher Education
    5. Advancing Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions, Gemma Irvine, Head of Policy and Strategic Planning (HEA)
    6. STEM Leadership for Girls, Elsa Edwards (Legacy Officer, Derry and Strabane District Council) and Roisin Crawford (STEM Aware)

    Afternoon - 14:45 – 15.45

    1. Horizon 2020:Science with and for Society (SWAFS) Work Programme, Alva O’Cleirigh, National Delegate and National Contact Point for SWAFS in Ireland
    2. Steps to Success, Averil Leimon, Director, Whitewater Group
    3. Improving Girls Engagement with Maths and Science,  Siobhan Flynn (Research Associate, UU) and Dr Terry McIvor (Curriculum Manager, Science and Mathematics NWRC)
    4. Best Practice in Accelerating Gender Equality in Decision-Making, Marie Connolly (GEM Project Manager), Dr Christine Cross (GEM Principal Investigator) and Dr Caroline Murphy (GEM Post-Doctoral Researcher), University of Limerick
    5. Developing Resilience for Your STEMM Career, Maeve Lankford (Associate), Leadership Foundation Higher Education
  • Call for Posters

    We are inviting poster presentations sharing innovative practice or key findings from pedagogic research to progress gender equality in STEMM. This is a great opportunity for transferring knowledge and receiving feedback. It encourages networking and active discussion between presenters and attendees.

    If you are interested in presenting a poster, please make sure to tick the relevant box when registering for the conference, and follow the timeline and guidelines below.

    Timeline for posters

    • 07 September 2016 – Deadline to submit proposals.
    • 14 September 2016 – Conference committee will inform applicants of their final decision.
    • 11 October 2016 – Posters to be displayed at the conference venue.

    Guidelines on poster display

    • Poster can be prepared either in portrait or landscape format.
    • Poster dimensions not larger than 32" x 40" (82cm x 102cm).
    • Presenters are requested to check in with their posters at registration desk by 8.15am.

    You can submit your abstract once you have registered your attendance, by sending an email with the proposal to j.bacon@ulster.ac.uk Please note that all posters proposals will be subject to approval by the conference committee.

    For questions or further information, please contact Ayala Shmaia: a.shmaia@ulster.ac.uk

    Workshops

    Delegates will attend one session in the morning and one in the afternoon:

    Morning sessions

    How Sex Makes Your Research Better, Professor Curt Rice, Head of Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research

    Recent years have seen increased awareness of the importance of considering sex in the construction of research questions, in the methodologies of science, and in the reporting of results. In this workshop, we will review some of the most basic arguments for why these different matters are important, how they affect the quality of research and its application for everyone, not just women, and we will identify some of the measures that could be implemented locally to meet increasing demands from research councils, H2020 and elsewhere for considering sex and gender in research.

    Horizon 2020: Science with and for Society (SWAFS) Work Programme, Alva O’Cleirigh, National Delegate and National Contact Point for SWAFS in Ireland

    The specific objective of SWAFS is to build effective cooperation between science and society by building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society. SWAFS will make science more attractive (notably to young people), increase society's appetite for innovation, and open up further research and innovation activities.  This workshop will focus on specific opportunities to build cross-border partnerships to apply to calls across the following 4 areas from 2017 onwards:  

    • Institutional Change to Support Responsible Research and Innovation in Research Performing and Funding Organisations
    • Embedding Responsible Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation
    • Strengthening the Science with and for Society Knowledge-Base
    • Developing Inclusive, Anticipatory Governance for Research & Innovation

    At this workshop participants will explore the SWAFS call topics in more detail; network with potential partners; find out about support for cross-border partnerships and receive expert advice.

    Steps to Success, Averil Leimon, Director, Whitewater Group

    Five years on from the original research that led to her book Coaching Women to Lead, Averil Leimon has been examining how much the world has actually changed and how much more needs to be done to achieve gender equality. As a result, she designs and runs Women’s Leadership programmes for a wide range of organisations, coaches at an executive level and heads a syllabus of open programmes for women whose organisations may not provide targeted development, ensuring they develop and achieve their potential. This workshop will address the issues that hold women back, make the case for women to change some behaviour patterns and help them devise several changes they are going to put in place in order to succeed. This session will address 3 key issues that Averil believes underlie every woman’s success.

    Introduction to Research Impact: Lessons for Science and Gender Research, Maeve Lankford, Associate, Leadership Foundation Higher Education

    This workshop is for researchers and research managers who may be grappling with issues about how to articulate research impact, how to extend the impact of their research, and how to show research impact. Researchers face challenges of time pressures, and the motivation to look at research impact is often in response to external requirements, such as the Research Excellence Framework or research funders. The session will draw on recent research by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, to provide an introduction to research impact, and time for participants to critically consider what does the impact agenda mean for you?

    Advancing Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions, Gemma Irvine, Head of Policy and Strategic Planning (HEA)

    This workshop will present and discuss the findings of the recent Gender Equality Review Report.  The Review carried out an in-depth analysis of the gender-balance of academic and non-academic staff across all grades of employment as well as institutions’ management teams, academic councils and governing boards in Irish higher education.  The Review has been forward-looking, adopting a ‘quality enhancement’ approach to building on the sector’s achievements to date and on international ‘best practice’ to shape future policy and practice in Ireland.  While the higher education institutions have, to varying degrees, sought to address gender inequality, the workshop will discuss the intractable under-representation of women among staff at senior levels that clearly signals the need for new, even radical, approaches to tackling the issue.

    STEM Leadership for Girls, Elsa Edwards, Legacy Officer, Derry and Strabane Council and Roisin Crawford, STEM Aware

    Derry and Strabane District Council have run many successful projects under their Science and Innovation Programme 2015/16 for example, Formula Derr-E which was an innovative engineering project whereby both primary and post primary boys and girls worked together to build an electric car.  Other projects include Space Camp, Maths Week Ireland, Science roadshows, STEM Competitions and events to celebrate Women in Engineering Day with young female engineers sharing inspirational stories with young girls in the local area.  In this workshop delegates will discuss the key tools at our disposal to engage children and young people in their own communities with the purpose of developing skills, increasing knowledge and growing interest in the world of STEM industry.

    Afternoon sessions:

    Horizon 2020: Science with and for Society (SWAFS) Work Programme, Alva O’Cleirigh, National Delegate and National Contact Point for SWAFS in Ireland

    The specific objective of SWAFS is to build effective cooperation between science and society by building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society. SWAFS will make science more attractive (notably to young people), increase society's appetite for innovation, and open up further research and innovation activities.  This workshop will focus on specific opportunities to build cross-border partnerships to apply to calls across the following 4 areas from 2017 onwards:  

    • Institutional Change to Support Responsible Research and Innovation in Research Performing and Funding Organisations
    • Embedding Responsible Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation
    • Strengthening the Science with and for Society Knowledge-Base
    • Developing Inclusive, Anticipatory Governance for Research & Innovation

    At this workshop participants will explore the SWAFS call topics in more detail; network with potential partners; find out about support for cross-border partnerships and receive expert advice.

    Steps to Success, Averil Leimon, Director, Whitewater Group

    Five years on from the original research that led to her book Coaching Women to Lead, Averil Leimon has been examining how much the world has actually changed and how much more needs to be done to achieve gender equality. As a result, she designs and runs Women’s Leadership programmes for a wide range of organisations, coaches at an executive level and heads a syllabus of open programmes for women whose organisations may not provide targeted development, ensuring they develop and achieve their potential. This workshop will address the issues that hold women back, make the case for women to change some behaviour patterns and help them devise several changes they are going to put in place in order to succeed. This session will address 3 key issues that Averil believes underlie every woman’s success.

    Improving Girls Engagement with Maths and Science, Siobhan Flynn (Research Associate, UU) and Dr Terry McIvor (Curriculum Manager, Science and Mathematics, NWRC)

    The IM HAPPY team deliver a number of technology based workshops in schools in Coleraine. Northern Ireland research indicates that robotics best engage female students.  The purpose of this session is to demonstrate the effectiveness of robotics to engage female students using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots. The NWRC will be looking at the how girls cope with the application of mathematics within their STEMM programmes of study.  NWRC has set up the first Maths Centre operated out of an FE/HE college. The Maths Centre offers tuition to students in applied maths. This centre is also a conduit for mathematics research. The trends suggest that men are more confident in the application of maths than women. The workshop presentation will look at the attitudes of females and males towards mathematics and how they cope with the application. 

    Best Practice in Accelerating Gender Equality in Decision-Making (GEM) Project, Marie Connolly (GEM Project Manager), Dr Christine Cross (GEM Principal Investigator) and Dr Caroline Murphy (GEM Post-Doctoral Researcher), University of Limerick

    A greater representation of women in decision-making positions facilitates progress towards more gender balanced organisations. This workshop will outline the main findings from the project, and present recommendations for organisational policy and practice based on those findings. The collaborative project between the University of Limerick, Cranfield University, Abertay University, Dell and Ibec was funded under the EU Progress Programme special stream focused on gender equality (2014-2016). The project team investigated HR processes in three key areas: recruitment and selection, performance management and promotion/succession planning. The research was conducted in a range of public, private, multinational and higher education settings. In doing so, the research team identified fifteen best practices in the three key areas which can facilitate the achievement of greater gender balance in senior decision-making roles in organisations. In addition, the researchers will also discuss some overarching actions that organisations should consider in order to accelerate gender equality in decision-making positions.

    Developing Resilience for Your STEMM Career, Maeve Lankford (Associate), Leadership Foundation Higher Education

    Achieving success in a STEMM career is both doable and desirable and this workshop will give participants that added edge to help sustain themselves to achieve that outcome.  Arguably, those who are most successful in any career are those who persist in the face of obstacles and setbacks and who can harness their energy and enthusiasm for the long-haul.  Steven Covey, in his landmark book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, identified this skill as the ‘The Principal of Balanced Self-Renewal.  In this experiential workshop, participants will learn some simple practices that can be used daily to achieve ‘balanced self-renewal’: Tai Chi Movements to release negativity and gain balance and perspective; some memorable and easily adapted mindfulness practices to enable more effective use of one’s time and energy and some tools to end rumination and gain mental clarity and focus.

  • Accommodation 

    Preferential rates have been agreed with the City Hotel (http://www.cityhotelderry.com/).

    To book overnight accommodation, please contact

    Stacey at the City Hotel on 028 71365800 or email reservations@cityhotelderry.com and quote "Ulster University STEMM Conference".

    Room bookings are subject to availability.

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  • Register 

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    Interest for this free conference is high, and we encourage you to reserve your place at your earliest convenience if you would like to attend.