"Leadership in Higher Education and Research in Times of Dynamic Global Change"



Online, 09 – 10 June 2021
Co-organized by ETH Zurich & EWORA

9 JUNE 2021

Program Time Zone: CEST

15:00 - 16:00  Conference Opening Ceremony
MC: Hilal Tekmen 

  • Gulsun Saglamer, President, EWORA 
  • Sarah Springman, Rector, ETH Zurich
  • Liu Jinan, President of World Women University Presidents’ Forum (WWUPF)

Arne Fløyen, President, NordForsk

16:00 - 17:00 Opening Keynotes
Chair: Christina Ullenius, Former Rector, Karlstad University
Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia
Sonia Seneviratne, Professor, Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich
17:00 - 17:30  Q & A


10 JUNE 2021

Program Time Zone: CEST

09:00 - 10:15

Plenary Session I:
Leadership in Higher Education and Research in Times of Global Climate Change

Sarah Springman, Rector, ETH Zurich 


  • Nouria Hernandez, Rector, University of Lausanne
  • Rik Van de Walle, Rector, Ghent University & President of CESAER
  • Ferruccio Resta, Rector, Politecnico di Milano
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30- 11:45

Plenary Session II:
Gendered Impacts of the Pandemic in the context of Higher Education

Prof. Kerstin Tham, Vice-Chancellor, Malmö University


  • Pam Fredman, President, IAU 
  • Helena Pereira, President, Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology 
  • Gabriele Siegert, Vice President, University of Zurich 
  • Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir, Vice-Rector, University of Iceland
11:45 -12:00 Break
12:00 - 13:15

Plenary Session III:
What’s Next?: New Models of Leadership in Academia in Times of Dynamic Global Change

Krista Varantola, Former Rector, Tampere University


  • Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
  • Andrea Schenker-Wicki, President, University of  Basel
  • Mª Vicenta Mestre, Rector, University of Valencia
  • Zehra Sayers, Former Rector, Sabanci University
13:15 –14:15 Lunch Break
Eileen Drew, Director, Trinity Centre for Gender Equality & Leadership, Trinity College, " Gender- Sensitizing Decision- making in Universities: The Leadership role 

Fanny M. Cheung, Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, "Value-based Diversity & Gender Equity Policies and Practices in Universities"

Liisa Husu, Senior Professor of Gender Studies, Örebro University, "Gendered impacts of the pandemic on academic work and well-being – responses of academic leaders"

Louise Morley, Professor of Education, University of Sussex, "Can women make a difference in university leadership?"
16:15 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 17:00 Evaluation of the Breakout Sessions
17:00 - 17:30 Conclusions by EWORA BoD Members and Farewell