Louise Morley AcSS is a Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER) (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/cheer/) at the University of Sussex, UK. Louise has an international profile in the field of the sociology of gender in higher education studies. Her research and publication interests focus on international higher education policy, gender, equity, micropolitics, quality, leadership and power. She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education, a Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Gender Excellence, University of Örebro, Sweden, and the 2013-2014 Inaugural Chair, Women’s Leadership Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia.
She is currently conducting research on women and leadership in higher education in South Asia for the British Council. She has also completed research for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education on women and leadership, and on Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania (www.sussex.ac.uk/education/cheer/wphegt) for the ESRC/DFID. She has held research grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, the UK Department for International Development, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the British Council, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. She is on the editorial boards for Studies in Higher Education, Gender and Education, Teaching in Higher Education and Higher Education Research and Development. Recent publications include: Morley, L. (2014). “Lost Leaders: Women in the Global Academy.” Higher Education Research and Devel opment. 33(1): 111–125; Morley, L. (2012). “The Rules of the Game: Women and the Leaderist Turn in Higher Education “ Gender and Education. 25(1). For further details of publications, please see Sussex Research Online- http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/view/creators/461.html
Professor of Gender Studies, Örebro University
Professor of Gender Studies, Örebro University, Sweden
Dr. Liisa Husu is a Finnish sociologist and gender expert, actively engaged in gender and science issues in research, policy and civil society since the early 1980s. She is Professor of Gender Studies at the Örebro University, Sweden, and Co-Director of the three-university research platform GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, and also affiliated to the Department of Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki. From the early 1980s to mid-1990s she was engaged in gender equality policy-making in the Finnish governmental gender equality machinery in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Social Affairs as a Senior Adviser and National co-ordinator of Women’s Studies.
Her research and publications focus on gender in science, academia and knowledge production, especially gender dynamics and inequalities in scientific careers, organisations and science policy. She has lectured and presented her research in thirty countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Europe, Morocco, South Africa and USA. She has contributed extensively as a gender expert and adviser for research and higher education stakeholders in Nordic countries, Europe and internationally, including ministries, international and national agencies and research funding organisations, as well as several universities especially in the Nordic region. Husu has played an active role in European research development and actions on gender and science in EC expert groups, European research projects (ADVANCE, PROMETEA, genSET, GEDII) and international networks. She is partner of GenPORT, a major EU FP7 project pooling and organising international gender and science resources for research, policy and action into an interactive portal. Husu contributed to the EC report Gender and Excellence in the Making (2004), and was the Rapporteur of the EC expert group Gender and Excellence (The Gender Challenge in Research Funding, 2009). She was a founding member of the European Platform of Women Scientists and a long-term member of its board. As the moderator of the European Network on Gender Equality in Higher Education she has contributed to organising nine European Conferences on Gender Equality in Higher Education. She has been Vice-Chair of the University of Helsinki Equality Committee, and inaugural Chair of the Board of NIKK, the Nordic Gender Institute. In 2009 she was awarded the University of Helsinki Gender Equality Prize, the Maikki Friberg Prize.
Founding Honorary President, EWORA (2015-2023)
Prof. Dr. Gulsun Saglamer, Former Rector of Istanbul Technical University (1996-2004) is a professor of architecture at Istanbul Technical University. She graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Master of Architecture degree in 1967 and received her PhD from the same university in 1973. She became Associate Professor in 1978, Full Professor in 1988 at ITU. She taught Architectural Design, Computer Aided Architectural Design, Logic Model of Design, Architectural Design Methods and Theories at ITU since 1973 until she retired in 2012.
She carried out her post-doctoral studies at the Martin Centre, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK 1975-1976 and continued her studies at the Martin Centre for short periods in 1987 and 1989. She was a member of the Scientific Committee of TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey) INTAG between 1990 and 1996. Prof Sağlamer was invited to Queen's University of Belfast as a Visiting Professor between 1993 and 1996 and was also invited to be an external examiner at the same university for four years between 1999 and 2003. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of “Open House International”, “International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications”, “ITU Journal AZ/ Architecture Design” (in Turkish). She has been on numerous architectural competition juries at national level and also at international level such as the jury for the prestigious Daimler-Chrysler-UNESCO Mondialogo Engineering Prize 2005.
She was a Board Member of EUA (European University Association) (2005-2009) and a member of the Steering Committee of the EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) (2009-2013), a chair of evaluation teams in IEP evaluations since 2011 and a member of the Research Policy Working Group of EUA since its establishment in 2005 till 2017. She has been an Executive Committee Member (2003-2021) of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and the President of CMU (Community of Mediterranean Universities) (2012-2016). She was invited to the Marie Curie People Programme (EC) Advisory Group for five terms: 2006-2018 and has been the Chair of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Advisory Group in Horizon 2020 (2013-2016). She was invited to the” Expert Working Group on The External Research Funding of Universities”, established by the EC (2007-2008). She was a member of the Steering Committee of the OECD/IMHE Quality Teaching Project (2009-2012).
She is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Kadir Has University (2006-2014)(2020-2024) and the President of the Council for Technology and Technoparks in Turkey (2006-2010). She is the Founder and a Board Member of ITU’s Technology Park and Incubation Centre, ARI Techno-City and a Board Member of ITU Development Foundation (2009-2021). She is the founder of ITU Development Foundation’s K12 Schools: Nursery (1998), Primary School (2001), High School (2006) to provide better work-life balance for ITU academic staff. She was the Chair of the Academic Council of these schools for 8 years (2000-2008)
Gulsun Saglamer is a registered architect at the Chamber of Architects of Turkey, Istanbul. She designed several important architectural projects and received awards at national and international levels such as First Prize in the Architectural Competition of the Aydin-Kusadasi Tourism Complex, Organized by the Ministry of Public Works, 1982; Best Buildings of the Year 2000 by Kolleksiyon, ‘Sedat Üründül Nursery’. Same project also received a prize from OECD PEB 2nd Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities, 2000. She designed a five-star hotel building with 320 beds (Trabzon-Grand Zorlu), a housing group with 360 dwelling units (Trabzon-ATAŞEHİR), a research centre, and villas in different parts of Turkey. She has served as jury member in many national architectural design competitions. She is the founder and president of “the Association for Architectural Education” (MIMED)(ArchED)(1997-2019) MİMED has been organizing very prestigious “Architectural Students Projects Competitions” since 2001 at National level. She is the first female Vice-Rector (1992-1995) and the first female Rector (1996-2004) of Istanbul Technical University since its establishment in 1773.
Research interests and experience
Major research areas are Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD), Architectural Design Theories, Computer Applications in Housing, CAAD of Dwelling Units, Morphological Studies of House Forms, Housing for Low Income Groups,Immigration from Rural to Urban Areas, Squatter Settlements, Comparative Studies in Housing, Space Syntax in Housing, CAAD in Housing, Higher Education and Research Management, and Women Academics in Science and Engineering. She did her PhD in CAAD in 1973. She is the pioneer of the CAAD courses at undergraduate and graduate levels at ITU and supervised 11 PhD theses together with 25 master theses at ITU Graduate Schools.
She coordinated a Med Campus Project titled “Housing for Low Income Groups in Turkey” under the 4th Framework Programme in 1995 and established “The Housing Research Centre” at ITU in 1997. This centre has taken part in many research projects and has organised international meetings for international networks. This centre also designed a master degree programme for “Earthquake Resistant Housing”(2000- ).
Prof. Saglamer established a centre at Istanbul Technical University titled “Women Studies in Science Engineering and Technology“ in 2009 and served as the director of this centre 2009-2012. She organised the “European Women Rectors Conferences” at ITU in Istanbul four times (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014). Prof.Saglamer also chaired the “European Women Rector Platform” (EWRP) that was established in 2010. She has led the ITU team in 5 of the EC funded (FP6 and FP7) projects on Women in STEM (2006-2017). In December, 2015 European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) has been established under the Belgian Law in Brussels and Prof. Saglamer is the founding Board member and the President of EWORA. She is re-elected as the President of EWORA for the second period of 2019-2023. She has been representing Turkey in ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation (Former Helsinki Group) since 2o18. She has been an “External Assessor of Senior Academic Leadership Initiative 2020” of the Ireland Higher Education Authority.
Prof. Saglamer has a great interest in graduate programmes and under her leadership all the graduate programmes of ITU were restructured and new graduate programmes were created on “Advanced Technologies in Engineering” in 2000. The aim of these programmes was to train doctoral candidates for employment not only in academia but also in industry. This project was funded by the State Planning Organisation of Turkey and was successful in attracting funds from industry as well.
She has continued her work on graduate programmes after stepping down from her rectorship and established a research group on “Doctoral Education in Architecture”, and organised the first Conference on “Doctoral Education on Housing Studies” in 2008. After completing the pilot study at international level on “Doctoral Education in Architecture” she co-chaired the first international workshop on this subject at ITU in November 2011. She has established a research group on “Doctoral Education in Architecture and co-authored the book titled “Doctoral Education in Architecture” by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
She is also representing Turkey in the network titled “European Research in Architecture and Urbanism” and chaired the EURAU 2014 Conference on “Composite Cities” and Co-authored a book titled “Reinterpreting and Restructuring Composite Cities” (2016).
She has given over 90 keynote speeches and invited lectures on architecture and different aspects of higher education (such as research policy, doctoral education, quality assurance, quality enhancement, funding) at international meetings besides her keynotes on gender equality in HE&R, that has been her major research area since 2008.
Other significant events and prizes
Honoris Causa by
Carleton University, Canada (2001),
Universitatea de Nord Din Baia Mare University, Romania (2002),
Ovidius University of Constantza in Romania (2009),
Queens’ University Belfast (2018)
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honorary Fellowship (Hon FAIA) in 2006
“Leonardo da Vinci Medal” by SEFI (Société Européenne Pour la Formation Ingénieurs - European Society for Engineering Education) in 2005-2006
Founding Board Member, Global Relations Forum (2009-2017)
Member of European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters since 2011
Member of the Selection Committee for Fulbright Prize 2014
Chair of the Selection Committee of the Vehbi Koç Educational Prize, 2015.
She has led the ITU team in 5 of the EC funded (FP6 and FP7) projects on Women in STEM (2006-2017)
1. UNICAFE–Survey of the University Career of Female Scientists at Life Sciences versus Technical Universities, funded by European Commission, 2006-2008
2. Meta Analysis – Meta-analysis of gender and science research, funded by European Commission, 2008-2010:
3. SHEMERA–Euro-Mediterranean research cooperation on gender and science: SHE Euro Mediterranean Research Area, funded by European Commission, 2011-2014
Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal
Manuel Heitor is Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal since November 2015. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education.
Manuel Heitor is full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, the engineering school of the University of Lisbon and was founder and director of the IST´s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”, as well as director of the IST´s doctoral Programs in “Engineering and Public Policy, EPP” and in “Enginering Design”. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard.
He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego. Then he pursued an academic career at IST, in Lisbon, where he served as Deputy-President for the period 1993-1998. Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the S&T Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC. He was a co-founder of the European network “science, technology, education and policy for Europe, step4EU”.
Rector, University of Lisbon Nova
The Rector is the highest body of government and external representation of the university, with responsibility for carrying out the policy of the institution and the presidency of the Management Council.
Anne de Paepe
Pro Rector, Ghent University
Anne De Paepe graduated as an M.D. from Ghent University in 1980. She completed a residency in internal medicine (1985) and subsequently a fellowship in human genetics ( including a training at the MRC, Dermatology Research Group, Northwick Park Hospital, London, UK). She joined the Center for Medical Genetics from the Ghent University Hospital , where she started a clinical and laboratory research setting for her studies on Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders . She obtained a PhD in human genetics at Ghent university in 1987 and a ….in Higher Education in 1992. In 1993 Anne De Paepe was appointed as Chair of the Center for Medical Genetics and as associate professor of human and medical genetics at Ghent University. She was promoted to full professor in 1997. Under her direction the Center for Medical Genetics developed into a multidisciplinary and renowned department and her research activities gained international recognition as witnessed by her many assignments in national and international scientific boards, her invited contributions in international meetings, large scientific output with over 380 peer reviewed publications and many scientific prizes and awards. She engaged in several functions and positions at Ghent university (a.o. in the research board of the university and as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) as well as in several national and international Advisory Boards and Committees. In 2012 she was elected as the first female Rector of Ghent University ( in its 200 years history) , position she took for a term of 4 years ( till October 2017) . She now serves as Prorector, with several assignments in the university, the university hospital ( o.a. Chair of the Board for Academic Coordination ) and in the Department of Medical Genetics.
Ana Costa Freitas
Rector, University of Evora
Prof. Ana Costa Freitas is the Rector of the University of Évora (Portugal), elected on April 23rd 2014 and re-elected for a second term on March 22nd 2018. She has been Associate Professor with Aggregation in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Évora, since 2004. She received an engineering degree in Agronomy from the Institute Superior of Agronomy (School of Agriculture), UTL (former Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, current University of Lisbon), completed her PhD in Food Biotechnology by the University of Évora in 1988, and in 2002 obtained the Habilitation in Chromatographic Methods applied to the Food Industry by the same University. Her area of expertise is Chromatography, Sensory Analysis, Enantioselectivae and multidimensional chromatography, and Analysis of flavors. Currently, her research is especially directed towards the analysis of Mediterranean food products with special emphasis on wines and olive oils; identification of compounds present in the extract of the aroma and determining the relationship between the chemical compounds and sensory impact; identification of enantiomers, determination of enantiomeric excess using enantioselective chromatography; application of chirality in determining the authenticity and fraud detection; limits of detection and olfacto detection of enantiomers; the relationship with the aroma of food products; and the usage of comprehensive multidimensional chromatography. She participated in many research projects and scientific meetings and authored numerous publications both in national and international peer review journals. Since August 2015, she is a high-level expert of Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF) and between 2011 and 2013 she worked as Adviser in the Bureau of European Policy Advisers of the European Commission. At the University of Évora she occupied many important positions: Member of the General Council of the University of Évora (December 2012 - October 2013), Vice-Rector, responsible for the Academic sector (2006- 2010), Vice-President of the Scientific Council of the University of Évora (2005-2006), Vice-President of the Institute of Mediterranean Agricultural Sciences (2004-2006), Vice-President of the Executive Council of the Department of Agricultural Sciences (2004-2005), Vice-President of the Scientific Council of the Department of Agricultural Sciences (2004-2006), president of the Department of Plant Sciences (2004-2006). She was also the Director of Research in Bioorganic and Analytical Chemistry of the Chemistry Department of the Center of Fine Chemistry and Biotechnology (CQFB - Centro de Química Fina e Biotecnologia) of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, between 1999-2002.
Vice Chancellor, Malmö University
Short bio Kerstin Tham Professor Kerstin Tham is since November 2015 the first female Vice Chancellor of Malmö University, Sweden. She previously served as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm. She has extensive experience from research, teaching and academic leadership positions within the field of health sciences.
Professor Tham is professor in occupational therapy (2009) and has a doctoral (phd) degree in Neurology (1998). Her research focuses on aspects of rehabilitation after stroke and the overall aim is to build knowledge, develop and evaluate personcentered health services for people with stroke and their families. Professor Tham has conducted internationally unique research identifying the lived experience of individuals with neuropsychological impairments after stroke, as unilateral neglect, by applying an occupational science perspective. The research has contributed to the development of new models, methods and strategies for rehabilitation after stroke. Professor Tham has extensive numbers of scientific publications and has served as supervisor of 15 doctoral students at Karolinska Institutet.
Professor Tham has lead the strategic development of Malmö university which is the youngest university in Sweden. When the Swedish government decided on giving Malmö university the full research university status 2018, she has focused her work on strengthening the research and research education in interdisciplinary research centers and programs addressing complex societal challenges such as sustainable city development, migration and integration, life- and material sciences, internet of things and people and learning for change.
Malmö university has a strong global and societal engagement and has during the years built and extensive experience in widening participation in higher education. Collaboration with different societal stakeholders within public, private and the nonprofit sectors is very important for the further development of the university and professor Tham is therefore involved in several national, regional and local boards.
Rector, University of Tampere
Doctor of Social Sciences Liisa Laakso started in her post as the Rector of the University of Tampere on 1 January 2016. Laakso was born in Rovaniemi, Finland, and earned her doctorate at the University of Helsinki in 2000. She has worked, among others, as Professor of International Development at the University of Jyväskylä and Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki. In 2010-2015, Laakso worked as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki.
Laakso is an expert on world politics and international development cooperation. Her research interests include, among others, the democratisation of Africa; the Middle East and Asia; and the development policies and crisis management of the EU and Finland.
Vice Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University
Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, has been President and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University since 2006. She is a member and trustee of many boards including: the Board of Trustees of the British Council from 2008 to 2014 and currently the Global Advisory Board of the African Leadership University, Board of the Grameen Scotland Foundation and of the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing. Pamela was awarded the honor of CBE for services to education and public health in December 2012. She is an elected Fellow of a number of professional bodies including the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of London and was elected to Scotland’s National Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in 2015. Past work experience includes: Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Nottingham, the World Health Organisation’s Global Programme on AIDS (1989-90) and as the first Executive Director of Research at the Health Education Authority for England (1996-99). She is a founding patron of a school for children of sex workers in Domjur, Kolkata and has researched and written widely on HIV/AIDS, health development, and inequalities in health focusing on the potential of social action for health.
Dr. Lotta Strandberg
Senior Adviser, NordForsk
Lotta Strandberg is a Senior Adviser at NordForsk. NordForsk is an organisation that facilitates and provides funding for Nordic research cooperation and research infrastructure. She is responsible for the implementation of NordForsk’s Gender policy and of NordForsk’s programme Gender Gaps in Research and Innovation.
Prior to NordForsk Dr. Strandberg was employed by the University of Helsinki in Finland and as a Research Co-ordinator for NIKK- Nordic Institute for Women’s Studies and Gender Research
Lotta Strandberg has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Helsinki and a MSc. (Econ) from Hanken - School of Economics.
Prof. Sara Moreno
Vice-Rector, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Tenure-track lecturer in the Department of Sociology of the UAB and researcher in the Centre for Sociological Studies on Everyday Life and Work (QUIT-UAB) and the Institute for Labour Studies (IET-UAB). She was Vice Dean of Professionalization at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the UAB from 2009 to 2015 and is currently Vice Dean of Institutional Relations.
Her academic career began in 2002 when she was a grantholding trainee researcher (FPI) in QUIT. In September 2007 defended her PhD thesis “Time, work and welfare: an approach from everyday life”, which merited the Special Prize of the Department of Sociology. Over the years she has spent a pre-doctoral research period at the Cambio research centre of the University of Florence and a postdoctoral research period at the Centre for International Business Studies at the University of the South Bank in London.
Her lines of research and transfer are framed within the sociological field of work, the sociology of time and the sociology of gender. Specifically, she specialises in the analysis of work, time and everyday life, with a focus on social inequalities, welfare and public policies. As a researcher she has been continually involved in competitive research projects and has directed and taken part in research and transfer agreements in collaboration with leading public and private institutions in the field of social sciences, such as the Institute of Statistics for Catalonia (IDESCAT), the Catalan Institute for Women, the Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona, the ”La Caixa” Foundation and the Jaume Bofill Foundation, among others. She has several articles published and is a reviewer for specialised journals in her areas of knowledge, has been an evaluator for competitive projects, been a panel member for research prizes and is a member of the Sociology of Labour Research Committee of the Spanish Sociology Federation.
Teresa Pizarro Beleza
Dean, Nova Law School, University of Lisbon Nova
Prof. Teresa Pizarro Beleza is Full Professor at NOVA University, Lisbon.
She graduated in Law and became an academic shortly after. She taught and did research on Criminal law and Women’s Law in Coimbra, Lisbon, Cambridge and Venice (EIUC). She initiated the teaching and research on Women’s rights in Portugal, where she taught “Women’s Law” for the first time in 1998-1999, after being invited to join the new (1997) Faculdade de Direito (Law School) of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (www.fd.unl.pt).
Her PhD thesis, on Women in the Criminal Law, was a daring and innovative feminist approach to Women’s Law and Criminology in Portugal. She opened up the way for many other younger lawyers and students who went on to doing research in such areas.
She has published and taught extensively on Criminal Law and on Women’s Law and Women’s Rights, both at pre- and post- graduate level.
She has supervised Master and PhD dissertations on Criminal Law, Human Rights, including Prisoners’ and Women’s Rights, both in Portugal and in Venice (E.Ma, www.eiuc.org) and served as external examiner elsewhere.
She served at the CPT (Prevention of Torture, Council of Europe) as an elected member in respect of Portugal; and she also participated as an expert in the EU-China and EU-Iran Dialogues in Human Rights.
She serves currently as Dean of the LawSchool, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.
Marie Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Minister for Higher Education and Research in the Swedish Government
Marie Helene Hellmark Knutsson (born 12 September 1969) is a Swedish politician of the Social Democrats. She has served as Governor of Västerbotten County since 2020. She previously served as Minister for Higher Education and Research in the Swedish Government from October 2014 to January 2019.
She has studied statistics, history and macroeconomics at Stockholm University.