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Pathways to Excellence Symposium 2015

2015 is the International Year of Light. To celebrate this, the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) will be hosting a symposium co-organized by SciLifeLab and co-sponsored by the Academia Europaea and Uppsala University to celebrate the accomplishments of illuminating women in science.

The focus of the symposium will be on gender issues facing women in science, both addressing the concerns of young scientists and also an examination of how these issues have developed over the past decades. Topics that will be covered (amongst others) include the changing face of gender aspects in science and technology, the gendered aspect of excellence initiatives, a comparative analysis of gendered disciplines in universities, and personal accounts of pathways to excellence.

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08.15 Registration

09.00 Welcome address by Eva Åkesson, Vice-chancellor of Uppsala University

09.10 Session 1: Gender Equality in Science Then and Now
Moderator: Carole Chapin, Eurodoc

Experiences as a female professor in Swedish Academia
Siv Andersson, Uppsala University

Who holds us back? Personal accounts of cultural and societal obstacles facing women pursuing careers in science.
Anna Krylov, University of Southern California

Why so few minorities? A perspective from a female theoretical physicist.
Ágnes Mócsy, Pratt Institute

10.25 Coffee break

11.00 Session 2: Gender Aspects in Science
Moderator: Liesbet Geris, University of Liège and KU Leuven

Gendered disciplines in universities: A comparative analysis.
Terri Kim, University of East London

The gender aspect of excellence programmes.
Marja Makarow, Academy of Finland

ERC with a focus on young researchers.
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, ERC

12.15 Lunch break (not included)

13.15 Session 3: Pathways to Excellence (I)
Moderator: Maria Tenje, Uppsala University

From more sums to adding up.
Ulrike Tillman, Oxford University

A woman in a man’s world: Coping strategies of a stubborn Viking.
Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir, University of Iceland

The experience of directing research as a biologist and equating this with family life.
Margaret Buckingham, Institut Pasteur

14.30 Coffee break

15.00 Session 4: Pathways to Excellence (II)
Moderator: Liesbeth Venema, Nature

Reflections on career experiences.
Anne Buttimer, University College, Dublin

How to survive in a male environment?
Marie Farge, CNRS

Woman scientist or scientist woman?
Annalisa Pastore, Kings College London

16.15 Closing Session
Moderator: Lynn Kamerlin and Gentiana Wenzel

Bluestockings and redstockings in the history of Swedish academia.
Christina Florin, Stockholm University

Gender in Science: The “Young” perspective.
Lynn Kamerlin, Uppsala University & YAE
Gentiana I. Wenzel, Saarland University & YAE