10/10/2013 - Casterman-Hamers Chair: expert meeting on Gender and Academic Achievement with Londa Schiebinger


10 Oct 2013

ICAB, Witte Patersstraat 4, 1040 Brussel

The problem of publication pressure has been building for some time among the ranks of mainly young postgraduate researchers. In this round-table discussion a group of top level professors from different Belgian universities, policy makers and people from academic gender action groups will explore the possibilities to reduce the gender gap in academic achievement and discuss whether a gender oriented approach could change the publish-or-perish strategy.


9.30-10.00 - Registration with coffee and tea
10.00-10.15 - Welcome by Chair holder Jean Paul Van Bendegem (VUB) and intro by Danielle Gilliot (Cabinet of Vice-Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Innovation Ingrid Lieten) and Machteld De Metsenenaere  (RHEA, Center for Gender and Diversity, VUB)
10.15-10.45 - Lecture by Londa Schiebinger (Stanford University): Gender in the academia: fixing the numbers, the knowledge, the institutions
10.45-12.00 - Round table discussion, moderated by Alison Woodward (RHEA, VUB) and Marleen Wynants (Crosstalks)
12.00-12.30 - Closing remarks by Gily Coene (RHEA, VUB)
12.30-14.30 - Lunch and informal discussion

This expert meeting is co-organized by RHEA (Center for Gender and Diversity)


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Bios / Slides

Jean Paul Van Bendegem is director of the Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science. He is also professor of logic and philosophy of science at the Philosophy Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is editor of Logique et Analyse, and promotor of several doctoral thesises at the CLWF. His research focuses on logic, and the philosophy of mathematics. A few of his last publications are: Perspectives on Mathematical Practices. Bringing together Philosophy of Mathematics, Sociology of Mathematics, and Mathematics Education (jointly edited with Bart Van Kerkhove, Dordrecht: Springer/Kluwer Academic, 2006) and Philosophical Dimensions in Mathematics Education. (jointly edited with Karen François, New York: Springer, 2007). His last publication are Hamlet en Entropie. (Brussels: VUBpress, 2009) and De vrolijke atheïst (Antwerp: Houtekiet, 2012).

Danielle Gilliot is Advisor Science and Innovation at the office of the Flemish Minister for Innovation since September 2011. She deals with topics related to research policy, training and career development of junior researchers, science communication, gender policy. After her studies of Applied Economic Sciences at the KU Leuven she started in 1998 as researcher at an interuniversity project about the management of universities. From 2001 to 2011 she worked as senior staff member Research Policy and Equal Opportunities at the Flemish Interuniversity Council.

Alison E. Woodward (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Research Professor at the VUB and co-director of RHEA, the Center for Gender Studies and Diversity Research. Since 2007 she is a Senior Associate of the Institute for European Studies. Her research interests are in the field of comparative European Union public policy and organization, especially in the areas of civil society transnational mobilization, gender, migration, and equality. Working as a policy consultant she has assisted the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the Flemish government, and is frequently relied upon for expert contributions relating to social exclusion, gender and politics. An active member of the European Consortium for Political Research section on European Union Politics, she has convened the stream on Diversity, Gender and European Integration at the bi-annual conferences in Bologna, Istanbul and Riga. She is the Belgian coordinator for the Research Network Gender and the State funded by the European Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation, Belgian representative in the COST A-34 network on European Gender and Well-Being, and in the ATHENA EU Training and Education 3B network on gender and public policies. She was a scientific coordinator of the COST Action Conference European Social Movements and Well-Being at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam in March 2009.

Machteld De Metsenaere is historica en gewoon hoogleraar de Vrije Universiteit Brussel, verbonden aan de vakgroep Metajuridica van de faculteit Recht en Criminologie. Zij doceert o.m. 'Inleiding tot de vrouwen-/genderstudies' en ‘Politieke geschiedenis van België’. Ze is directeur van RHEA-Centrum Gender en Diversiteit van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel en van BRIO-Brussels Informatie-, documentatie- en onderzoekscentrum. Ze was en is promotor van verschillende onderzoeksprojecten in het domein van genderstudies (o.m. rond Gelijke Kansenbeleid, loopbanen van academicae, gegenderde bestraffing van collaboratie na WOII…) en zij publiceerde eveneens over deze onderwerpen. Ze is ook academisch verantwoordelijke van BRUTUS (Brusselse tutoren voor scholieren), promotor van het ASP2-project van de faculteit RC ‘Toolkit. Met de stroom mee’ en voorzitter van de stuurgroep Gender Actie Plan van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Gily Coene is lecturer in Ethics and Humanism (Chair Humanist Studies) at the Philosophy and Ethics Department at the VUB and also affiliated with RHEA. She obtained her PhD in Moral Sciences (UGent, 2004) with her research on gender, migration and justice. Since then, her research has focused on normative issues related to gender and diversity.