Nacida el 29 de septiembre de 1973 en València. Su experiencia profesional en el mundo de la gestión cultural se inició en el IVAM y en el ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts Londres). A raíz de estas experiencias, comprendió que trabajar en el mundo de la cultura era una forma de vida para ella. Durante casi dieciocho años ha desarrollado sus tareas como gestora en el Centre Cultural La Nau y el Palau de Cerveró de la Universitat de València. Dos espacios de prestigio, pero que combinan perfectamente la excelencia con la dinamización de la ciudad mediante las artes.
Doctora en Historia del Arte por la Universitat de València, 2008 Tesis doctoral, Història i teoria del muntatge expositiu: l’IVAM-Centre del Carme Calificada con excelente cum laude Licenciada en Geografía e Historia por la Universitat de València, 1996 Tesis de licenciatura, El Taller de la Memòria: Anàlisi d’una exposició, 2000
Ha realizado varios comisariados de exposiciones , como «A pell de llit. Mirades sobre un espai quotidià» Sala Parpalló. Diputació de València, 2010 «A través de l’espill. Lectures de l’obesitat: medicina, art i societat» Universitat de València, 2012
Le encanta la divulgación y la docencia. Por eso ha formado parte del grupo de profesores de posgrado de Educación Artística y Museos. Su tesis doctoral revisa el periodo más actual de la museología valenciana. Ha colaborado en la redacción de artículos sobre cultura visual en las revistas MAKMA, Quaderns de la Mediterrània, el suplemento ARTS del diario El Mundo, Archivo de Arte Valenciano o la Cartelera Turia. Además, ha escrito textos para catálogos de exposiciones en los que he revisado la trayectoria de diferentes artistas.
“Escenarios para la exposición temporal. Cruzando el umbral del museo”, Institució Alfons el Magnànim. Diputació de València, 2010. (Colección Formes Plàstiques), 2020
«Patrimonio cultural y guerra», Quaderns de la Mediterrània, núm. 27, Barcelona, 2019.
«Más allà del museo. Nuevos escenarios para la exposición», EME Magazín, núm. 6, Museografía. UPV, 2018.
«Mujeres en pie. 50 años de artistas valencianas». Revista El Hype, abril 2018.
Obras maestras de la Fundación Bancaixa. Coautora de los textos del catálogo de la colección. València, 2018
«Los 30 últimos años del arte valenciano contemporáneo: comisariado y montaje de exposiciones», capítol per al llibre Los 30 últimos años del arte valenciano contemporáneo I, Román de la Calle (ed.), Reial Acadèmia de Belles Arts de Sant Carles. València, 2012.
«IVAM-Centre del Carme (1989-2002): La exposición como obra de arte». Institució Alfons el Magnànim. Diputació de València, 2010. (Colección Formes Plàstiques)
Por otra parte, está comprometida con varias ONG dedicadas a la cooperación internacional, como ACNUR, la Xarxa Fòrum UNESCO Universitat i Patrimoni o el Centro de Estudios Rurales y de Agricultura Internacional. Ha participado en proyectos vinculados al patrimonio y las redes ciudadanas del Mediterráneo y también forme parte de diversas asociaciones profesionales dedicadas a la crítica de arte y la igualdad de género.
Milita en el PSPV-PSOE desde 2007. Considera la política como un trabajo social para mejorar la vida de la ciudadanía y los valores del socialismo como herramienta para afianzar el camino en la defensa de la igualdad, la libertad y la justicia social en todos los ámbitos.
Secretary General, Science Europe
Lidia Borrell-Damián is the Secretary General of Science Europe, the association representing major public organisations that fund or perform excellent, ground-breaking research in Europe. She holds overall responsibility for the strategy and functioning of the organisation. Prior to this she worked for the European University Association (EUA) between 2006 and 2014. During the last five years in EUA she served as its Director for Research and Innovation (R&I), holding responsible for the overall strategy and activities of EUA in the area, working with EUA individual universities as well as the National Rectors’ Conferences.
Her areas of experience cover a wide range of EU R&I priorities, including the EU Framework Programme; European Research Area; research infrastructures; research ethics and integrity; research assessment processes; university-business cooperation; regional innovation; gender issues in research; Digital Agenda and Open Science. She also worked on doctoral education through the EUA-Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE), and coordinated scientific policy input to the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) through the European Platform of Universities in Energy (EUA-EPUE).
Lidia Borrell-Damian holds a Doctorate in Chemistry (Chemical Engineering Specialty; Solar Energy) from the University of Barcelona. Prior to joining EUA, she was Director of Research at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona from 2003-2005. Before then she was Visiting Scholar at the University of Western Ontario (1999-2001) and at the North Carolina State University (1997-1998).
Fernando León García
President, IAUP and CETYS University
Dr. Leon-Garcia has been President of CETYS University since 2010, leading the institution to accreditation in the USA (WASC, ACBSP, ABET) and one of the most internationalized
universities in Mexico. Prior to that, he served as Chancellor of City University of Seattle‘s International Division, with a presence across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Before joining City University, he served as Chief Academic Officer of Apollo International/University of Phoenix International, and before as Chief Academic Officer at CETYS.
Dr. León-García is President of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) for 2021-2024. He currently serves or has served on boards and/or advisory groups related to
international higher education, accreditation, governance and institutional development including: WASC; Council of Presidents of the AGB; Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement of the ACE; HACU; CASE; Universia-Mexico; CONAHEC; Consejo de Universidades Particulares e Instituciones Afines of ANUIES; and FIMPES.
Dr. León-García holds a doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis and an M.A. in International Development Education from Stanford University, as well as a B.S. in
Industrial Engineering from CETYS University. He has been a Rotary International Fellow, a Mexican National Research System Fellow, a CONACYT Fellow, and an American Council on
Education (ACE) Fellow.
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Umeå University
Heidi Hansson is professor of English literature at Umeå University, Sweden, specializing in Irish women’s writing, on the one hand, and Arctic cultural studies on the other. Since 2016, she is Deputy Vice Chancellor at the university, responsible for education and equal opportunities, and for internationalization and outreach related to these areas. She has extensive experience as an evaluator of research, education and quality assessment systems, among other things, and has held a number of positions of trust, nationally and internationally.
Vice Rector, Tallinn University
Prof Katrin Niglas has a PhD in educational sciences from Tallinn University (Estonia) and a MPhil form University of Cambridge (UK). She serves as a Vice-Rector for Research at Tallinn University since 2011. Her main responsibility areas cover the development of R&D and doctoral studies, but she has taken leadership role also in many other areas like developing new career model for the university, establishing principles of ethics and good academic practices (incl research integrity) and drawing up the first gender equality plan, which is in operation since 2022. Having held several administrative positions at Tallinn University, Katrin Niglas has vast experience in various external and internal quality assurance issues and processes (incl institutional accreditation).
Prof Katrin Niglas is internationally recognised expert in mixed methods research and active editorial board member of several international research journals. As an expert in methodology and data analysis she has successfully led or taken part in various research projects on the fields of education, social sciences and humanities. Her experience in collaboration with local and international academic colleagues is extensive. (See also her CV in Estonian Research Information System)
Vice Rector, TU Wien
Anna Steiger, Lawyer, Vice Rector for Human Resources & Gender at the Vienna University of Technology. In this function responsible for 5400 employees. Her tasks include personnel administration, planning and controlling, personnel development. A particular focus of her work is the development of strategies and measures for the promotion and equality of women (in technology) as well as the compatibility of work and family life.
From 2003 to 2011 Vice Rector for Human Resources, Ressources and Promotion of Women at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, previously Human Resources Manager of “Volkshilfe Niederösterreich”. Chairwoman of the Task Force Gender and Diversity of uniko (umbrella organization of Austrians universities), member of the board of Directors and Chair of the Task Force HR of Cesaer, board member of the association Ute Bock (refugee project).
Vice Rector of Internationalization, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences
Prof. Anna Chełmońska-Soyta received her PhD degree (1992) in veterinary immunology from the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. After postdoctoral training at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada, she began research on the interaction of pre-implantation bovine embryos with bacterial pathogens. The results of her research were the basis for her postdoctoral degree (habilitation) and were recognized with an award from the Ministry of Education. In 2012, she received the title of professor. Prof. Anna Chełmońska-Soyta's current research focuses on elucidating the nature and role of early embryo signaling in the maintenance of gestational immune tolerance during miscarriage in women and in an abortion prone mouse model. Prof. A. Chełmońska-Soyta published over 40 scientific papers, she was a supervisor of nine PhD students and over 20 MSc students.
Currently prof. Anna Chełmońska-Soyta is vice rector of internationalization at Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. Previously she was appointed as vice rector for innovation and business cooperation (2016-2020). On her initiative, at the university, the Rector's Commission for counteracting discrimination has been established. Its activities include assistance to discriminated persons as well as dissemination of knowledge on good practices in the field of counteracting multiple forms of discrimination. Now she is a supervisor of international cooperation with universities, institutions and other external stakeholders, supervisor of project “Excellence Initiative – Research University” and the initiatives including European University project. She is a head of the Reproductive Immunology Laboratory at the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Wrocław. She also is an active member of scientific 3 boards of Polish research institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences, member of Committee for Research Policy at Ministry of Education and Research and member of Associated Members Working Group (AMWG) of BioBased Industry Consortium.
Carmen Vela Olmo
Biochemist, University Complutense of Madrid
Carmen Vela Olmo was born in Sigüenza, Guadalajara. Married, two children.
She has a degree in Chemical Sciences, specializing in Biochemistry, from the Complutense University of Madrid, and has extensive experience in immunology, virology, and related areas. She is author of relevant scientific publications in prestigious magazines and patents granted both in Europe and in the United States.
In 1982 she joined INGENASA, a biotechnology company dedicated to animal health, and she was President and CEO of this company.
In 2012 was appointed as State Secretary of Research and Development and Innovation; she served in this position till June, 2018.
Since September 2018 she occupies the Directorate of Collaborative Projects Eurofins Technologies-INGENASA.
She has chaired the Spanish Society of Biotechnology and the Spanish Association of Women Scientists and Technologists. She has been a member, among others, of the PEOPLE advisory group (7th Framework Program), the EUREKA external advisory committee, the ETAN Group Women and Science or the Advisory Council for Science Currently she is sited at different Scientific Committee’s and since 2019 she is Member of the Board of the Mission Soil Health and Food. Her mandate has been extended for the Implementation Plan development and she participate at the WG1. She is member of the Scientific Board of the EJP Soil.
She has received several national and international decorations.
María José Figueras Salvat
Rector, Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Born in Tarragona in 1956, María José Figueras Salvat graduated from the University of Barcelona in 1979 and was awarded her doctoral degree in 1986. Trained in electron microscopy at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, she joined the University of Barcelona as a lecturer in 1979 and she has been engaged in teaching and research ever since as a member of the Unit of Biology and Microbiology of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine in Reus. She has been a tenured lecturer since 1988 and professor of
Microbiology since 2001.
She is a specialist in environmental microbiology, particularly in the microbiological contamination of water. She has acted as scientific advisor for the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Environmental Programme, the European Commission and the Catalan Water Agency, and she has initiated and taken part in various international projects. She has published more than 170 indexed scientific articles, 5 books and 9 book chapters, and she has given more than 200 talks at international congresses. She has reported several clinical cases caused by poorly known bacteria and described in collaboration with other researchers, 25 species of bacteria previously unknown to science. She has six 5-year teaching premiums and six 6- year research premiums, and she has supervised 12 doctoral theses.
Rector of the URV since June 2018, between January 2020 and January 2021 she took her turn as the president of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi). At present, she is secretary of the ACUP and fourth vice-president of the Vives Network of Universities, of which she was also president from March to November 2020.
As rector of the URV, and in collaboration with her team, promoted the University’s participation in the Aurora Alliance that was awarded the recognition of European Universities within the Erasmus Plus Punched and were responsible for the creation of Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia, which, with the collaboration of Enagás, Repsol, the Chemical Business Association of Tarragona, the Tarragona Provincial Council, the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, the Port of Tarragona and more than a hundred social agents, companies and industries, aims to pave the way for energy transition in Catalonia.
Maria Antonia Peña Guerrero
Rector, Huelva University
Maria Antonia Peña Guerrero is a Contemporary History professor at the University of Huelva. She has been a university professor since 1991 at the universities of Seville and Huelva and she has been granted with four six-year research in a row. She has hold academic positions at the University of Huelva and others. She has been the director of the Iberoamerican site of La Rábida and, for seven years, vice chancellor of Internalisation and Cooperation to the development of the Andalusian International University. Throughout these seven years, she has been the main vice president of La Rábida Group, which brings together 63 Iberoamerican Universities. As a researcher, her main works of Spanish Contemporary History have a social and political approach, with special attention to the historiographical despotism and the patronage issues. In this sense, her most outstanding books are 'Clientelismo Político y Poderes Periféricos durante la Restauración (Political Patronage and Outlying Powers During the Restoration) and 'El Sistema Caciquil en la Provincia de Huelva y partidos 1898-1923' (The Despotic System in Huelva. Politicians and Parties 1898-1923), which was granted with the IX Investigation Award Díaz del Moral.
Her second research line is dedicated to the political representation in Spain and America and it has been developed as a resut of her participation in four consecutive Research+ Development + Innovation (R+D+i) projects and two research nets concerning political cultural history, which had ministerial funding. Thanks to this research line, many articles have been published both in national and international magazines with high standards of quality. Likewise, as a result of her research works, she participated as a guest leturer at national and international scientific conferences in Verona, Lisbon, Alghero, Tucuman, Mexico, Bariloche, Szeged, Santiago de Chile, Berlin, Rosario, La Habana and Mendoza) and after that a publication of a book has been developed together with professors M. Sierra and M.Zurita 'Elegidosy Elegibles. La Representación Parlamentaria en la Cultura del Liberalismo. Marcial Pons, 2010' (Selected and Eligible. Parliamentary Representation in the Culture of Liberalism) and furhtermore, she has participated in several monographs published in the United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Argentina and Portugal. During this time, and on the occasion of her visits to foreign archives and libraries, she has sustained several research residencies in Rome, London, Paris, La Habana, Lima and Bogota, all of them are reflected in her last publications.
In other investigation fields, she has worked on the Independence War period and on the mining expansion and business world impact on Spain in the 19th century. She is an ANEP appraiser and she has been feeding into the Management Board of Contemporary History, the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions and of the Advisory Boards of the Second Modernization in Andalusia, the latter dependent on the Junta de Andalucia. Currently, she is a Senior Researcher for the R+D Cultural History of Political Corruption in Spain and South America (in the 19th and 20th centuries), leading a research team from six different Spanish and Iberoamerican universities.
María Teresa Fernández de la Vega
President , the Spanish Council of State
María Teresa Fernández de la Vega
President of the Spanish Council of State
President of the Women for Africa Foundation
From a young age, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega felt a vocation for public service, to which she has been dedicated since finishing her studies in law. She was active in fighting against Franco's dictatorship and during the transition to democracy, and today she is one of the few personalities in Spanish politics to have had responsibilities in the three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial.
As part of her progressive, social democratic and feminist commitments, one of her main causes has been the struggle for equality and against the discrimination endured by women.
In the 1980s she joined the government, occupying various posts in the Ministry of Justice, including Secretary of State for Justice.
After being admitted as a judge in 1989, she joined the General Council of the Judiciary, where she worked in in international cooperation.
Between 1996 and 2010, she was a parliamentarian in the Congress of Deputies (lower house and legislative body) and held various responsibilities in the Socialist parliamentary group.
María Teresa Fernández de la Vega made history in 2004 by becoming the first female Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, a position she combined with that of Minister of the Presidency and Government Spokesperson until late 2010.
During those times, she coordinated all of the initiatives of all the ministries, and most especially relations with Africa and Iberian America. She also was the driving force behind the first and to date the only National Plan for Human Rights approved in Spain in 2008.
Today she is The President of the Spanish Council of State, the top advisory body to the Government of Spain, another position that had not been held by a woman before.
She has also been a member of UN Women’s Global Advisory Group for Civil Society.
In February, 2012, she launched the Women for Africa Foundation with the aim of making it an institution of national and international reach in an effort to promote development on that continent. This is a task that the foundation undertakes by providing support for African women, who have proven to be the most powerful engine of progress in their societies.
Eva Alcón Soler
Rector, Universitat Jaume I
Professor Eva Alcón Soler was born in Castelló de la Plana (Spain) in 1963. In May 2018, she was elected rector of the Universitat Jaume I of Castelló (UJI) and became the first woman to hold this position since the UJI was founded in 1991. She combines her position as rector with that of delegate for equalities within the Spanish Rectors Association (CRUE) for equality policies, a body constituted in 1994 which now comprises 76 Spanish universities (50 public and 26 private). She holds an undergraduate degree in Philology (specialising in English and German Studies, 1986) and a PhD in English Philology (1993) from the University of Valencia. In 1993, she began her teaching and research career at the Universitat Jaume I, where she has been a member of the departments of English and Romance Philology and English Studies. In 1999,she became a senior lecturer and ten years later, in February 2009, she became full professor of English Philology at the Universitat Jaume I. In 1999, she founded the research group Applied Linguistics to English Teaching and Acquisition (LAELA), which she led until 2018, and was the coordinator of the Master's Degree in English Language Teaching and Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts (MELACOM). Eva Alcón Soler has been principal investigator in eight R&D&I projects financed through competitive calls from different public and private agencies. Together these programmes represent over 21 years of research and involve the scientific coordination of a number teaching and research staff. She has also supervised several doctoral theses. Her main areas of research have focused on the acquisition of English as a second or third language and the development of pragmatic competence in language learners. This research activity is reflected in more than 80 publications, including specialised books or monographs, book chapters and research papers in a number of scholarly journals. In addition, she has also presented more than 47 studies, papers and communications at national and international conferences. Her novel approaches and the pioneering lines of research she has opened have established Eva Alcón Soler as an international reference in the study of second language acquisition and more particularly in the acquisition of pragmatics, an area in which she has made some of her most notable contributions. She has been a visiting lecturer at the following universities: Birkbeck, University of London; Macquarie University (Australia); Institut für Allgemeine und Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft (University of Hamburg); University of California (Los Angeles); Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge); Trinity College (Dublin); Mercyhurst College (Pennsylvania, USA), as well as post-doctoral or guest stays at the University of Brasilia; Anglia Polytechnic University (Cambridge) and the University of Liverpool. In the field of academic management, she has been undergraduate course director; vice-dean for English Philology (1999-2001); vice-rector for Academic Organisation and Students (2001-2006); vice-rector for International Relations (2006-2010); collaborator in the UNESCO Chair in University Management and Policy, as well as an evaluator for the quality assessment agencies ANEP, AVAP and ANECA
Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Technological University Dublin.
Yvonne Galligan is Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Comparative Politics in Technological University Dublin. Yvonne has produced over 100 publications on gender, politics and democracy, including States of Democracy: Gender and Politics in the European Union (2015, contributing editor) and Politics and Gender in Ireland: The Quest for Political Agency (2015, contributing co-editor with Fiona Buckley). Through her academic career, Yvonne has combined scholarly analysis of women/gender and politics and influence on democratic processes and practices to achieve gender equality. She has served on a range of public boards in Ireland and the UK, and on political studies professional associations. She received an OBE in 2014 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2017.
Prof. Luciano Saso (Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Sapienza University in 1992. He is author of more than 220 scientific articles published in peer reviewed international journals with impact factor (SASO-L in www.pubmed.com, total impact factor > 500, H-index Google Scholar 43, Scopus 35). He coordinated several research projects in the field of pharmacology and has been referee for many national and international funding agencies and international scientific journals in the last 30 years. Prof. Saso has extensive experience in international relations and he is currently Vice-Rector for European University Networks at Sapienza University of Rome. In the last 15 years, he participated in several projects including IMS2020, EGRACONS, IMOTION, BUCUM, UZDOC, TRAIN and has been speaker and chair at many international conferences organised by UNICA and other university networks. He coordinates the Sapienza team in the European University CIVIS (www.civis.eu) Prof. Saso has been Member of the Steering Committee of UNICA for two mandates (2011-2015) and he is currently President of UNICA.
Sondan D. Feyiz
Rector, Kadir Has University
Prof. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz graduated from the Physics Department of Istanbul University’s Faculty of Sciences in 1989. She completed her Master’s in Physics at the University of Wisconsin (1992), and her Ph.D. at the Physics department of Kansas State University (1999). During her doctoral studies, Feyiz served as a teaching assistant at Kansas State University from 1994 to 1997, as a research assistant at the same university from 1997 to 1999, and as a postdoctoral researcher during 1999 and 2000. From 2000, she continued her academic career as an assistant professor at Istanbul Technical University, becoming an associate professor there in 2006, and in 2011 she became a full professor at Sabancı University. Between 2010 and 2018, she served as the Vice Rector of Sabancı University responsible for Education, International Relations, Individual and Academic Support and Summer Schools. She was then appointed as the Rector of Kadir Has University in 2018.
Durukanoğlu Feyiz has held numerous positions such as Member of the Senate Accreditation Committee of Istanbul Technical University (2002-2006); Visiting Scientist at Kansas State University (Summer 2002); Associate Editor in Chief of Istanbul Technical University Bulletin (2002-2007); Visiting Assoc. Prof. of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2007-2009); Senior Researcher at Feza Gürsey Institute (2007-2009) and, co-translator of Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths (2010). She served as an Executive Board Member of the Nanotechnology Research and Application Center at Sabancı University (2014-2016), as the Chair of the Quality Assurance and Strategy Committee of Sabancı University (2015-2018).
Durukanoğlu Feyiz, who was the only female in 1991 to receive the Ministry of Education scholarship to study abroad in the field of physics (1991-1995), was also a recipient of the TUBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) Research Fellow Support Funding (BİDEP scholarship) and
President, Oslo Metropolitan University
Professor Curt Rice is the President of Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway – an institution which has achieved complete gender balance at the professorial level. He also leads Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research. Rice has been active in issues related to gender equality in academia for many years, and has had a role in several EU projects, including genSET, genderSTE, EGERA, LIBRA, and more. Rice was part of the genSET Science Leaders Panel, which in 2010 examined evidence on how gender dimension is treated in research. The Panel’s conclusions led to the creation of the Gender Summit platform. He has also been involved in the development of gender equality projects at the Research Council of Norway, including the creation of their «Balance» program. Prior to assuming the presidency of OsloMet, Rice was the Vice President for Research at the University of Tromsø, where he also was the Founding Director of that institution’s first Center of Excellence, CASTL — the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics. He is a prominent writer and speaker on issues of the type to be addressed at the Gender Summit and in 2018 he addressed the Nobel Prize Committees as part of their efforts towards great success in identifying more women Nobel laureates.
Hanne Leth Andersen
Rector, Roskilde University
Hanne Leth Andersen, Professor, Rector at Roskilde University, Denmark
Hanne Leth Andersen took office as Rector in 2014 after three years as vice rector, responsible for education. She holds a PhD in French Language (1997) and an MA in Romance Philology (1990), both from the University of Copenhagen.
From 1997 to 2010, she served at the Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University, among other positions as associate dean and professor of university pedagogy where she developed teacher-training programs, teaching portfolio for all academic staff, and courses for all students, e.g. in written and oral communication. After that, she came to Copenhagen Business School (CBS) as a professor and director of the CBS Learning Lab, to focus on the development of teacher training, management education, quality work, and internationalization.
Hanne Leth Andersen has substantial experience in executive management and international consultancy. She chairs the educational committee of the Danish Rectors’ Conference, and she is a member of various trusts and executive boards in Denmark. Hanne has several memberships of international councils and committees such as the International Advisory Board for the Research Council of Norway and the expert evaluation panel for The Academy of Finland for Competitive funding to strengthen universities' research profiles. She has served as President of the international expert committee for the French Government’s investment program on University Program Development, Nouveaux Cursus à l’Université. She has international experience as an expert in Quality Assurance and Quality Development, as an expert for the Norwegian Quality Assurance Agency, NOKUT, and for the European University Association, EUA, and as member of the Danish Accreditation Council.
Her primary research areas are education research, foreign language didactics and university pedagogy, and she works particularly with development of teaching forms, exam forms, evaluation, teacher cognition, language learning and the importance of foreign languages in education and in relation to quality of education. She is an author of more than 120 scientific articles in Danish and international journals and several monographs.
In 2021, she has received the Legion of Honor (l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur), the highest civilian honor in France and in 2015 she received the title of Commander of the Order of Academic Palms (l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques) the highest honor awarded to an academic in France. In addition, she is Knight of the Danish Dannebrog Order. In 2005, Aarhus University Awarded her its Price for Excellent and Innovative Teaching.
At the public level, she is currently one of the most active and cited university presidents in Denmark, and she frequently participates in debates and public round tables. She gives lectures and presentations to diverse audiences about university and teaching development, teacher and student motivation, and education quality. She is a frequent member of ministry Councils, such as in the committee for a new Danish grading scale for all educational levels, and she headed the committee for a Danish National Language Strategy for the Danish Minister of Education.
Rector, Mykolas Romeris University
Inga Žalėnienė is an alumna of Mykolas Romeris University (MRU), Vilnius (Lithuania), where she finished her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law. After graduation she joined the Department of Law at Lithuanian Savings Bank and worked as legal adviser. In parallel, she lectured the discipline of Family Law at Mykolas Romeris University and started her academic career as university lecturer at MRU. Inga Žalėnienė defended her doctoral thesis "Representation in Civil Procedure (Theoretical and Practical Aspects)" and obtained her PhD in Law, in 2006. She was appointed as Vice-Dean of Law Faculty of MRU in 2009 and was responsible for the development of education policy, formation and coordination of research groups, organization of scientific project activities, planning and accounting of scientific results. Inga Žalėnienė was appointed as Vice-Rector for Research in 2010, for Research and International Relations in 2012, then, in 2017 – as Vice-Rector for Education and Research, taking responsibility for development and supervision of the quality assurance system, development of priority research and innovation areas, provision of support for research groups and establishment of structures to reinforce them, she presided over the evaluation of University’ staff research activities, organized doctoral studies, engaged in the formation and development of the University’s publishing policy. Since March 2019, Inga Žalėnienė holds the position of Rector of Mykolas Romeris University.
She completed traineeship courses in “Management and Leadership in Education” in Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts (United States) in 2013, accomplished senior executive programme “Leadership in Higher Education” in Oxford Academy for Education and Development, Oxford (United Kingdom) in 2013, and completed International Association of Universities program in “Leading Globally Engaged Universities,” Dublin (Ireland) in 2016.
Inga Žalėnienė is an Administrative Board Member at the International Association of Universities (IAU) since 2016, and a member of European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) since 2019. She has published over 40 scientific publications and conference papers. Her research interests include civil procedure law, education law, higher education management, gender equality studies.
Former Vice-Rector, University of Castilla-La Mancha
Carmen Fenoll is Full Professor of Plant Biology since 2000 at the Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha, where she was Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and now leads an active research group on Plant Biotechnology. Principal Investigator of over 25 competitive European or National projects, has published over 65 scientific papers in reputed journals, directed 8 Doctoral Theses and is the inventor of an international patent, having gained the Spanish Ministry Accreditation for 30 years of research achievements. She advises regularly academic institutions and research funding and policy agencies in Spain and abroad (the NSF and the Department of Energy in USA, the National Funding Agencies of Spain, Argentina, Austria, France, Poland, British Columbia and Flanders and the DGs of Agriculture and Science of the European Commission, or the L’Oreal-UNESCO program For Women in Science). She eagerly collaborates in science divulgation activities and publications, and teaches molecular biology, genomics and biotechnology from undergrad to doctoral levels. A member of the Spanish Association of Women Scientists since its foundation, she participates regularly in women for science activities.
Prof. Fenoll has a PhD in Biological Sciences (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1980) and has been Postdoctoral Fulbright Fellow at the University of California-San Diego, Visiting Scientist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA, Tenured Associate Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Tinker Full Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
She was Coordinator of the National Team of Bologna Experts in Spain and Erasmus Coordinator and has participated in research projects and publications on Higher Education Innovation and Bologna Issues. She regularly acts as evaluator for University Quality Assurance Agencies in Spain and other European Countries. Prof. Fenoll is an active member of the Pool of Experts for the Institutional Evaluation Program of the European University Association since 2007.
Professor Carmen Fenoll was Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance at the Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha. At the Spanish Ministry of Education, she was Secretary General for University Coordination.
Born in Madrid, in 1956, she is the mother of two daughters.
President, Paderborn University
Prof. Dr. Birgitt Riegraf, born 1961, studied political science, sociology, psychology and religious studies as well as the interdisciplinary supplementary course "Qualitative Methods in Social Sciences" at the Free University of Berlin. She did her doctorate in 1995 at the Free University of Berlin and completed her habilitation in 2004 at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. After visiting professorships and interim professorships at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina in Braunschweig and the Georg-August University in Göttingen, she has been Professor of General Sociology at Paderborn University since 2009. She has been President of Paderborn University since April 2018. Research Priorities
Social, justice and state theories, inequality, work and organizational sociology, science and university research, theories and methodologies of women and gender studies
Current Functions, Shortlist:
From 2021, board member of EWORA (European Women Rectors Association)
Since 2021, member of the working group “Research-Oriented Equal Opportunities Standards” of the DFG
Since 2020, Member of the speaker group of the LRK NRW
Since 2020, member of the "Expert advisory committee for cooperation between Qingdao and Germany"
Since 2019, Shandong Province Ambassador of Friendship
Since 2019, Member of the advisory board of the Sino-German Eco Parc Qingdao
Since 2019, chairwoman of the University Alliance (UA) 11+ / German University Alliance
Since 2018, Member of the HRK's Permanent Commission for Organization and Governance
Since 2018, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Johannes Rau Research Association
Since 2018, Member of it's OWL's Cluster-board
Since 2018, Elected member of the board of the Digital University of NRW
Since 2018, board member of the OWL Employment Initiative
Since 2018, member of the board of the association "Economy and Science for OWL e.V."
Since 2018, President of the University of Paderborn
Since 2018, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Heinz Nixdorf Institute
Since 2015, board member of the Gender Center of the University of Paderborn
Since 2014, member of the executive board of the NRW Research College Light - Efficient - Mobile
Since 2010, member of the women's and gender research network in NRW
Current publications, Shortlist:
Riegraf, Birgit (in collaboration with Lena Weber) (2021): FEMEN’s transnational fight for women’s rights: multiple modernities, transnational spaces, and plural gender orders. In: Winkel, Heidemarie and Angelika Poferl (ed.): Multiple Gender Cultures, Sociology, and Plural Modernities, Routledge, 252 S.
Riegraf, Birgit (in collaboration with Beate Kortendiek and Katja Sabisch) (ed.) (2019): Handbuch zur Interdisziplinären Geschlechterforschung, Reihe Geschlecht und Gesellschaft Band 65, Grundlagenwerk mit 168 Artikeln, sowohl in Print-Version als auch Online, ISBN: 978-3-658-12500-4 (Print); 978-3-658-12500-4 (Online), 1566 S.
Riegraf, Birgit (in collaboration with Barbara Rendtorff and Claudia Mahs) (2019): Struktur und Dynamik – Un/Gleichzeitigkeiten im Geschlechterverhältnis, SpingerVS, 185 S.
Riegraf, Birgit (in collaboration with Martina Althoff, Magdalena Apel, Mechthild Bereswill and Julia Gruhlich) (2017): Feministische Methodologien und Methoden. Traditionen, Konzepte, Erörterungen. Lehrbuchreihe zur sozialwissenschaftlichen Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung der Sektion Frauenforschung in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie Band 2, (2. erweiterte und aktualisierte Auflage) (1. Auflage 2001), Wiesbaden, 442 S.
Riegraf, Birgit (in collaboration with Romy Reimer) (2016): Geschlechtergerechte Care-Arrangements? Zur Neuverteilung von Pflegeaufgaben in Wohn-Pflege-Gemeinschaften, Reihe Arbeitsgesellschaft im Wandel, Weinheim/ Basel, 137 S.
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
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.
WiSER, Trinity College Dublin
Professor Eileen Drew is Director of the Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership (https://www.tcd.ie/tcgel/) at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland where she has taught in the School of Computer Science and Statistics and Centre for Gender and Women's Studies. Her research interests are: gender and the labour market, equality and diversity, work/life balance, the gender pay gap, family leave policies and gender in entrepreneurship and academic leadership.
During her academic career, Professor Drew has been involved in research, training and consultancy for numerous international gender related projects for the Council of Europe and European Commission. Professor Drew worked as the Gender Mainstreaming expert for the Social Security Reform Co-operation Project in China. She holds the position of National Senior Expert to the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and has provided national expertise for several European Gender Equality Institute (EIGE) projects. She represents the university on the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Gender Thematic Group.
Professor Drew is engaged in driving the Athena SWAN initiative in Trinity College, following the successful completion of the INstitutional Transformation for Effecting Gender Equality (INTEGER) Project in June 2015. She is currently the Coordinator of the Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) Horizon 2020 Project that commenced September 2016.
Mª Vicenta Mestre
Rector, University of Valencia
Mª Vicenta Mestre was born in Oliva and she is a Full University Professor of Basic Psychology at the Universitat de València. Graduated in Philosophy and Educational Sciences, in the specialties of Psychology and Educational Sciences, she was distinguished with the National Award for the best fellows and with the llicenciatura (former Spanish undergraduate degree) extraordinary award. Doctor of Psychology, she also won the Ph.D Extraordinary Award. As director of a research group she has been principal investigator (IP) of 34 competitive projects, among which two PROMETEO projects with the University of Missouri (USA) and CONICET of Buenos Aires, as well as the excellence network management of ISIC “Fortalecimiento personal, inclusión social y calidad de vida, CVIFOR” (Personal strengthening, social inclusion and quality of life, CVIFOR). Its objective was to detect factors of protection and vulnerability and intervene in childhood and adolescence at risk of poverty and/or social exclusion. She is currently IP of the Project “Violencia y victimización en la adolescencia: el rol de los valores” (Violence and victimization in adolescence: the role of values) [National Plan R+D+i, PSI2016-78242-R]; and the PROMETEO Project on “Competencia socioemocional y personal como prevención de la conducta desadaptada” (Socioemotional and personal competence as prevention of maladaptive behaviour). She is co-director of the Luis Amigó Chair between the Universitat de València and the Amigó Foundation for Psychosocial Intervention in children at risk. She is the author of more than 160 articles in national and international journals, 23 books and 50 book chapters. In addition, she has directed 20 doctoral theses and her research career has been recognised with six research six-year term. Committed to the transformation of the university, in her career Dr. Mestre has known the different levels of the academic career, as well as the main areas of university management being, successively, Secretary of the Department of Basic Psychology (1986-1989), Vice-Dean of Infrastructure of the Faculty of Psychology (2001-2002), (First) Dean of the Faculty of Psychology (2002-2006), Vice-Principal of Studies (2006- 2010), Vice-Principal of Academic Planning and Teaching Staff (2010-2015), and VicePrincipal for Academic Planning, Teaching and Sustainability (2015-2018). In 2018, she was elected as the first female Rector (Principal) of the Universitat de València (appointed by Decree 41/2018, of April 6, of the Government of the Valencian Community Council [Consell de la Generalitat]). At the national level, she has been Executive Secretary of the Sectorial Commission of the CRUE of Academic Affairs and of the Sectorial Commission of the CRUE of Sustainability. Since May 2019, she presides over the Sectorial of the Teaching Staff of the CRUE Spanish Universities and, since the same year, she is part of the Executive Committee of the Ibero-American University Postgraduate Association (AUIP). Being responsible for the inclusion and integration of people with disabilities such as Vice-Principal for Academic Order, Faculty and Sustainability, their university, the Universitat de València, has received different national awards such as ONCE Foundation Solidarity Awards and Telefónica Ability Awards. Academic full member of the Academy of Psychology of Spain, she received the police merit award from the Unit of the National Police Corps attached to the Valencian Community (Decree 189/2019, of December 13, of the Consell de la Generalitat Valenciana), and the Awards of the Federation of Progressive Women of the Valencian Community, Ferrer Pastor of the Commonwealth of Municipalities of La Safor, the honorary award to the Cultural Trajectory of Foment AIC of Gandía and on 9 October 2018, she received the Distinction of the Valencian Government (Generalitat Valenciana, Decree 160/2018, of October 5). In 2018, she received the José Luis Pinillos Award by Psicofundación for Excellence and Innovation in Psychology in the “Psychologist of the Year” category that recognises excellence in the professional and academic activity of Spanish Psychology.