The STEM Gender Equality Congress returns for 2017

The annual congress is held in Berlin this year, bringing together experts in gender equality in STEM for a series of informative discussions

As part of an international portfolio of Science Impact events hosted annually in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, SGEC 2017 offers delegates an opportunity to hear from, and interact with, thought leaders in gender equality in STEM.

Taking place at the Seminaris CampusHotel, Berlin on 8-9 June, the 2017 STEM Gender Equality Congress will be attended by 230 leading researchers, policy makers, equality staff, academic staff, government representatives and NGOs, and members of the private sector. The Congress offers the perfect opportunity to network, learn and collaborate with peers to achieve greater gender equality in STEM.

Over 30 different nationalities will be present for the two-day Congress, the first in a series of global events connecting deans, vice-deans, provosts, heads of schools, equality officers and heads of HR.

The Congress will cover all issues within gender equality and diversity at each stage of a female scientists’ career, from academic beginnings, applying for funding and access to research grants, through to influencing policy, having papers published and working in industry. 

Gender equality is one of the most significant issues facing academia and business today, and the SGEC 2017 programme is filled with thought-provoking addresses, high-level panel discussions and case studies, along with informative poster sessions and exhibitions, and important policy developments. Attendees will benefit from a highly pertinent programme covering a wide range of themes including:

  • Addressing unconscious bias
  • Promoting gender equality within Horizon 2020
  • Inclusion of the gender dimension in research and science
  • Embedding equality throughout organisations
  • Gender-fair recruitment and retention strategies
  • Best practice in sex and gender equality policy and training within research funding – lessons and transfer of knowledge
  • Supporting a culture of gender equality and research excellence

Some of the high profile figures already confirmed to speak at the Congress include:

  • Dr Brigitte Mühlenbruch, President, European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS)
  • Dr Shirley Malcom, Head of Education and Human Resources Programs, AAAS and Co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on S&T for Development
  • Dr Annette Schmidtmann, Head of Department for Scientific Affairs, German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • David Ruebain, Chief Executive, Equality Challenge Unit & Athena SWAN Charter
  • Professor Gloria Bonder, Director Global Network, UNESCO Chairs on Gender

The SGEC aims to inspire and inform all those to whom gender equality is relevant. No matter your role – from vice chancellor or policy officer to researcher or student, and everyone in between – SGEC is the place to learn from thought leaders who are driving the most successful gender equality policy and programmes in the world. 

Nick Brake, Director at Science Impact says: ‘SGEC is a leading conference for anyone involved in gender equality in STEM, with the aim to provide a unique opportunity to network and learn from others who are facing the same challenges trying to balance gender equality in STEM around the globe.’

Only the most dynamic and relevant keynotes, speakers and case studies are selected to be part of the two-day agenda. The programme is filled with a range of addresses from a diverse group of experts, spanning the breadth of the world’s gender equality in STEM sectors. All proceedings, presentations and posters from the Congress are published online and are completely open access.

Although this year’s delegate registrations have sold out, there is still the opportunity to be placed on the waiting list for last minute cancellations, and of course, to reserve your ticket for the 2018 STEM Gender Equality Congress. 

For the full SGEC speaker line up and programme, and to reserve your place for next year, visit


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