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TRIGGER Panel event: Gender inequality in academic community bodies: causes and possible solutions.

Starts 23 March 2017 - 14:00
Finishes 23 March 2017 - 16:00
Venue Birkbeck, Room 101, 30 Russell Square
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Free entry; booking required
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Who is this for?

This workshop will be of interest to academics at all stages of their careers and to professional associations.

Please join us to this free seminar, but booking is essential via Eventbrite:

Gender inequality exists in many forms in the professional lives of academic women. This event is designed to examine discrimination against women in academic community bodies’ activities of various types (e.g. invitations to be key-note speakers and conference panels, on editorial boards, taking part in summer schools and in policy research groups).

 The panel’s speakers, all of whom are in senior positions, will reflect on their experiences of gender discrimination in their professional lives outside of their departments. The aim is to learn from a variety of disciplines in social science (regional studies, economic geography, management) as well as in STEM subjects (engineering, pharmaceutical nanoscience and computer science) on what the problems are, what has worked and possible ways forward. 

The Panel:


Madeleine Barrows, Assistant Director (Secretariat),AcademyofSocial Sciences



Professor Colette Henry DKIT,  Head of Department of Business Studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology, Editor International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship (Chair)

Professor Alessandra Faggian, Professor at theOhioStateUniversity, AED Economics Department and co-editor of Papers in Regional Science.

Sally Hardy Chief Executive, Regional Studies Association,

Professor Simona Iammarino, Professor of Economic Geography and Head of Department, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE 

Professor Alex Poulovassilis, Professor of Computer Science, Birkbeck 

Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience, UCL

Professor Geoff Wood, Dean,EssexBusinessSchool,EssexUniversity, 

Prof. Sarah Spurgeon Head, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCL

 Organisers, Professor Colette Henry and Professor Helen Lawton Smith


Background information on TRIGGER Project:

The Transforming Institutions by Gendering contents and Gaining Equality in Research (TRIGGER) project at Birkbeck is part of a five-country European consortium championing the role of female academics in scientific subjects (2014-2017) ( The project aims to understand the under-representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) subjects and to provide recommendations for fostering organisational change. The TRIGGER team is involved in the Athena SWAN committee and in the College’s Strategic Equality Review.

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