SPEAR'S FINAL CONFERENCE "THE FUTURE OF (GENDER) EQUALITY, INCLUSIVITY AND DEMOCRATIC VALUES IN EUROPEAN
ACADEMIA: PRACTICES, PREREQUISITES, PUSHBACK AND PROSPECTIVES"
Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, 9.00 - 17.30 CET
Den Blå Hal Copenhagen
Free registration before February 10th, 2023 here
(for online participation only, you can register until February 27th, 2023)
As we approach the end of the project implementation, we want to celebrate together the efforts and achievements of
our partners in fostering and promoting gender equality in research and academia through the development of Gender
Equality Plans (GEP).
We invite GE practitioners, researchers, innovation leaders and policymakers to join us for SPEAR'S final
conference on Wednesday, March 1st, 2023! We are organising a semi-hybrid event. The
physical session is hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is possible to attend the opening and the first session online as
it will be web-streamed.
The theme of the conference is: ‘The future of (gender) equality, inclusivity and democratic values in
European Academia: Practices, prerequisites, pushback and prospectives’.
Increasingly, GE is understood as part of a broader perspective which must necessarily include and integrate a wider
understanding of inclusivity. Furthermore, an expanded concept of equality – GE+ – is a transversal issue in
democracy and sustainability. The conference will highlight the achievements of SPEAR and our sister initiatives and
explore their impact on the wider context of gender equality, inclusivity and democracy – and indeed how these topics
and actors can mutually enhance and strengthen each other across Europe and beyond.
Registration for the Final Conference is free but mandatory. Reserve
your ticket here
before February 10th, 2023 (for onine participation only, you can register until February 27th,
Please note that this is a hybrid event , with only the first session "SPEAR's
key impact in the context of the future of (gender) equality, inclusivity and democratic values in European Academia"
streamed live for online participants. If you sign up as an online participant, you will not be able to
take part in the panels and workshops, nor take part in the interactive dialogues around sister
We also invite all attendees to join us on Tuesday, February 28th 2023, 18:00 - 19:30
CET at the Thorvaldsen's Museum for a pre-conference social
The recording of the first hybrid session of the conference is now available on our Youtube channel!
SPEAR’s final conference sets a large agenda: to place Gender Equality Projects in the context of the future of
(gender) equality, inclusivity and democratic values in European Academia. Four lenses to this are explored: Practices,
prerequisites, pushback and prospectives.
Throughout the day, these themes and lenses will be highlighted and put into perspective.
In the first session of the day, we will start out with three welcome addresses. Then we will shine the light on SPEAR,
by having our SPEAR experts, leaders and advisors share SPEAR’s objectives, methodology, output and impact. We offer
these as examples of practices and prerequisites for inclusive gender equality change endeavours anno 2023.
Since we want to share our experiences and knowledge as widely as possible with anyone who may benefit from our
achievements as well as be inspired for possible collaborations and future promotion of gender equality in academia, the
first part of the conference, 9.00-11.00, is a hybrid session with both online and in-person participation.
Output from the conference will be shared on SPEAR’s website after the conference.
Download the conference programme here.
SPEAR's key impacts – inspiration for thinking
Experts, leaders and advisors of the SPEAR consortium present
SPEAR’s objectives, methodology, output and impact as examples of practices and prerequisites for inclusive gender
equality in European Academia, anno 2023. We highlight SPEAR’s GEP implementation and showcase our output virtual
materials and practice-based expert resources and tools. Our focus is on the power of community for learning, support
and joint reflection – the foundation for qualifying structural change endeavours, reach and vision and for enabling
and empowering individuals and organizations to act in the face of obstacles and
Featured speakers, all affiliated with SPEAR:
- Coordinators Eva Sophia Myers & Liv Baisner
Petersen, University of Southern Denmark
- WP-leader for GEP implementation Minna
Salminen-Karlsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
- WP-leader for Learning and Support Nathalie
Wolf, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
- WP-leader for Communication, Director Gabriella
Lovasz, Europa Media, Hungary
- Team leader Professor Aurelija
Novelskaitė, Vilnius University, Lithuania
- Team leader, Rector, Professor Georgi Apostolov,
International Business School, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Former team leader, Minister, Professor Elvira
Fortunato, NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal
- Team leader, Rector, Professor Snježana Prijić
Samaržija, University of Rijeka, Croatia
- WP-leader for evaluation Florian
Holzinger, Joanneum Research, Austria
- SPEAR advisors:
- Mateja Medlobi,
Policy Advisor to MEP,
- Martina Schraudner,
Professor, Doctor, chair of Gender
and Diversity in Technology and Product Development at Technical University of Berlin,
- Rachel Palmén,
Senior Researcher, Open University of Catalunya,
- Yvonne Benschop, Professor of Organizational
Behaviour, Radboud University, Netherlands
WORKSHOP 1, PRACTICES AND PREREQUISITES:
Gender Dimension in (all) research – always there, often
forgotten: Challenges and possibilities
The gender dimension of research has gained importance, and knowledge of
how to implement it in all fields is growing. In the first decade of this century, the argument of the quality of
research was in the foreground. Often the focus was explicitly on areas where the inclusion of sex and gender should
have been obvious, although too often not fully understood nor implemented. Today it is an established fact, that the
integration of the gender dimension in all relevant fields of research is a must if science is to contribute to an
inclusive, fair and just transformation, as called for in e.g., the European Green Deal.
In this workshop we will focus on two
- How can we ensure that the underlying data is used proactively in future
developments, so as to complement sex and gender analysis?
- How do we approach the inclusion of the gender dimension in fields where
it is not “obvious” (to the practitioners) and the resistance to it is
Schraudner, Professor, Doctor, chair
of Gender and Diversity in Technology and Product Development" at the Technical University of Berlin,
Brage, Professor of Mathematical
Physics, Lund University, Sweden
Reidl, Senior Researcher, Joanneum
- Florian Holzinger, Senior Researcher, Joanneum Research,
- Nathalie Wolf, Diversity Consultant and Project
Coordinator, RWTH Aachen, Germany
WORKSHOP 2, PRACTICES AND PREREQUISITES:
Sexism in Academia: recognizing, responding,
Far from being an issue set in the past, sexism is still an everyday
phenomenon in many academic environments in Europe and beyond. In fact, sexism is particularly prevalent in Academia due
to the intricate power relations.
In this participatory workshop, we will focus on how to learn to recognize
different forms and arenas of sexism, and how to respond and resist sexism individually and/or collectively. The
workshop aims to be a safe space to share insights on how sexism works in academia, and individual and collective
Leinartė, Professor of History,
Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania, and Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge,
Husu, Professor of Gender Studies,
Örebro University, Sweden, and Hanken School of Economics,
Mažeikeinė; Professor of Philosophy
& Gender Studies, Vytautus Magnus University, Lithuania
- Aurelija Novelskaitė, Professor of Gender Studies,
Vilnius University, Lithuania
- Marija Norvaisitė, Equal Opportunities Coordinator, Vilnius University,
WORKSHOP 3, PUSHBACK AND PROSPECTIVES:
How does the policy apparatus work in Europe & how can we
become a part of it?
In this workshop, you will get an insight into currently active
anti-gender movements across Europe and how they erode European democracy.
The workshop will include your active participation in all policy
levels. You will develop a strategy on how to participate in creating European policy priorities in the area of
gender equality and thus contribute to a more equal, social and just Europe.
Medlobi, Policy Advisor/Accredited
Parliamentary Assistant to MEP Predrag Fred Matić, Croatia
- Gionathan Lo
Mascolo, Independent Researcher,
Project Manager and editor of the forthcoming volume "The Christian Right in Europe: "Movements, Networks and
- Snježana Prijić
Samaržija, Professor of Philosophy,
Rector, University of Rijeka, Croatia
- Sanja Barić, Professor of Law, Rector's Assistant for
Institutional Capacity and Policies, University of Rijeka,
- Daria Glavan Šćulac, LLM, Head of Legal, Ethics,
Diversity and Inclusivity, University of Rijeka, Croatia
WORKSHOP 4, PUSHBACK AND PROSPECTIVES:
Creating a future for inclusive gender equality in times of
multiple crises: learning from past experiences to better respond to changing and declining opportunity
In a changed and changing Europe, campaigns against feminism, and racial
and sexual equality show their traditionalist, masculinist, capitalist, and authoritarian roots very clearly. In the
worrying societal and political practices of these campaigns, threats to democracy and (intersectional) feminism are
There is strong need to better ground initiatives and actions towards
inclusive gender equality in these new, contextually different realities. In this workshop, we will address how we can
learn from past experiences in order to blaze trails for gender equality strategies and frames that are better adapted
to weather our challenging times. We will do this by presenting two complementary approaches: one is to balance between
“carrot” and “stick” tactics that have shown to work against resistance, and the other is to take a social
complexity approach and focus on impacting crucial positive and negative feedback
Sanders, Professor of Chemistry,
University of Cambridge, UK and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Royal Society,
Verloo, Professor of Comparative
Politics and Inequality Issues, Radboud University, Netherlands and Non-Residential Permanent Fellow, IWM, Institute for
Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria
Apostolov, Professor of Philosophy,
Rector, International Business School, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Minna Salminen-Karlsson,
Gender Equality Specialist and
Researcher, Uppsala University,
- Atanaska Cholakova, Assistant Professor of
Philosophy, International Business School,
Download the conference programme here.
At SPEAR Final Conference you will hear from GE practitioners, researchers, professors and policymakers who through
their expertise and support are helping steer our impacts across Europe.
Click on the cards below to get to know our speakers.
Visit our networking area and take part in the interactive project presentation and pitch-session, where over 20 sister
GE-project will share their experiences, results and future perspectives.
Busses back and forth from the conference
Busses will depart from Kongens Nytorv by the French
Embassy. Look for purple-coloured “Copenhagen Coach” buses. You can take the metro lines M2 and M3 directly to
The buses will depart at 8.30 AM and take you directly to the conference at Refshalevej 167G, 1432 Copenhagen.
By the end of the conference, the buses will depart from the venue at 6 PM and drive back to
Arriving at the conference by car
Please download and pay for your parking with the Easy Park app and remember to set your parking disc. The
parking lot is just in front of Skabelonloftet. The area is
From Copenhagen Airport to Copenhagen Centre
From Terminal 3 at Copenhagen Airport, you have access to trains and the metro. The trains depart
every 10. minute during the day from the airport to Copenhagen Central Station. The metro departs frequently and takes
you right through the centre of Copenhagen.
Metros can be used day and night throughout the entire week. You can
take the Metro from Copenhagen Airport and northwest through the city centre (M1 and M2). The “Circle Line” connects
the neighbourhoods of Copenhagen, Vesterbro, Frederiksberg, Nørrebro, Østerbro and the city centre (M3 and M4). All
metro lines depart every 3-6 minutes.
The S-Trains connect the suburbs to the city
centre. Depending on the line the trains depart every 5-20 minutes.
The A-buses are the primary buses in central Copenhagen, catch one every 3-7 minutes during rush
hour, which is between 7.00-9.00 AM and 3.30-5.30 PM.
Plan your public transport with Google Maps or Journey
You can buy your train-, bus- and metro tickets at the ticket machines accepting both Danish kroner
(DKK) and common credit cards. From the airport to the city centre, you will need a 3 zones ticket, which costs 36 DKK.
Travelling within the city centre you will need a 2 zones ticket costing 24 DKK.
If want to ride a bike in Copenhagen, try the bike-sharing system Donkey Republic. You find and unlock a bike with their
and you can make stops by unlocking and locking your bike as many times as you want during your rental. Please mind the biking rules.
If you need a taxi, please call 0045 35 35 35 35. You can pay by card and
Banks offer currency exchange for a small fee. At Copenhagen Central Station you can find Forex,
also offering currency exchange for a small fee, which is open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 7 PM and Saturday from 10
AM to 4 PM.
In case of emergency
Call (+45) 112 for life-threatening emergencies and ask for the police,
fire department or ambulance service.
Call (+45) 1813 for injuries or sudden illness and speak to a nurse or
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For more information, please visit: https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/node/1312
If you are interested in visiting some of Copenhagen’s museums during the week, please see our
The David Collection, Kronprinsessegade 30-32, 1306
At the Collection, you can find a comprehensive collection of Islamic art, a selection of European
18th-century art and a smaller representation of Danish early modern painting, sculpture, and
The entrance is free, and the opening hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM, except for
Wednesday when the museum closes at 9 PM.
The museum offers free entrance to all collections and exhibitions.
By train: Take the S-train or regional train to Nørreport or Østerport
By Metro: Tale the M1 or M2 line to Nørreport Station or the M3 or M4 line to Marmorkirken and
DAC - The Danish Architecture Center, Bryghuspladsen 10, 1473
DAC is the new meeting place for architecture, design, and urban culture in Denmark. You can visit
the exhibitions Our Architecture with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects who has been creating architecture that functions
well for people and diverse life situations for the past 100 years or several permanent
The museum has kindly offered guests from SPEAR’s Final Conference 20% of the entrance
DAC is located just 10 minutes from Copenhagen City Hall Square and 15-20 minutes from both
Copenhagen Central Station and the Metro.
By bus: Line 37, 31, 23 and 2A to Stormgade, line 5C and 68 to Otto Mønsteds Plads or line 26 to
the Royal Danish Library.
By train: Take the regional or S-train to Copenhagen Central Station.
By Metro: Take the M3 or M4 line to Copenhagen City Hall, Gammel Strand or Copenhagen Central
Cosmic Dancers, Ofelia Plads,
Kvæsthusbroen, 1250 København (by The Royal Danish Theatre)
You can walk (or dance) around the cosmic dancers by Lin Utzon. Ofelia Plads is a spot in the
evening with lights from the city harbour, the Opera House and Refshaleøen.
The exhibition is free of charge.
By bus: Take line 26 to Sankt Annæ Plads
By Train: Take the regional or S-train to Nørreport.
By Metro: Take the M3 or M4 line to Marmorkirken or the M1 or M2 lines to Kogens