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Lígia Amâncio

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia – Portugal


Professor Dr. Lígia Amâncio is Full Professor of Social Psychology at ISCTE. Her academic career has been focused on the debate of social models and social representations, based on empirical studies about sex categories and gender identities. She has actively participated in the debate of feminism issues and equality politics for Portuguese women. Presently her interests extend to the articulation of science and politics and of gender and professions, particularly for women with high status professions, such as scientific ones. Professor Amâncio is member of the following organizations: Network "Femmes et Sciences" supported by Serge Moscovici and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme; European Sub-Committee on Improving the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base (since 1999); Socrates/Erasmus Coordinator for ISCTE (since 2000); Executive Committee of the European PhD on Social Representations (since 2001); Executive Committee of the Journal Psychologie et Société published by l’Harmattan and l’Observatoire Européen des Représentations Sociales (since 2001). She has served as President of the Portuguese Association for Women’s Studies (APEM) (1993-95) and as President of the Commission for Equality and Women’s Rights of the Portuguese government (CIDM) (1996-98). She published several books and book chapters, as well as numerous scientific articles. Presently she is the Vice-president of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT-MCTES). 





"Women, Universities and Leadership – confronting barriers for gender equality in science?"

Helena Araújo

Universidade do Porto – Portugal


Professor Dr. Helena Araújo is Full Professor of Education Sociology in the University of Porto (Oporto). She was awarded the Prize in Educational Sciences "Rui Grácio", in 1994. Professor Araújo was also Director of the periodical publication"ex-aequo". She has been President of the Portuguese Association for Women’s Studies (APEM), has coordinated several research projects and is the co-author of numerous books, book chapters and other publications, in the area of Sociology of Education and Gender Studies.




"The processes of empowerment of women in science in Spain"

Capitolina Diaz

Directora General para la Igualdad en el Empleo – Spain


Professor Dr. Capitolina Diaz is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oviedo, Spain. She was Director of the Women and Science Unit of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. She presently conducts cross-national studies on the role of money in couple relationships and studies on women, science and the potential for positive action. These studies include topics such as patterns of women's access to higher education and to higher management positions in higher education, the role of money in the decision taking process within couples and the relationship between women and TICs. Professor Capitolina Diaz is member of the Editorial Board of La Aljaba - Journal of Women Studies (Argentina); member of the International Editorial Board of Revista de Sociología del Consejo Profesional de Sociología Argentina; member of the Editorial Board of Revista Española de Sociología (RES). She has been Planning Director of the Universidad de Oviedo (2003-2005); Vice-president and member of the Executive Committee of the European Sociological (ESA) 1999- 2001 and 2001-2003; Coordinator of the Council of National Associations of the European Sociological Association (ESA) 2003-2005; Member of Women Studies Seminar, Universidad de Oviedo from 1993 on; President of the Asociación Asturiana de Sociología (1996-2001);  Member (Treasurer) of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Sociological Association (1996-2001); Member of Educational Council of the Principado de Asturias (1991-92 and 1992-93). In 2008 she was nominated General Director for Employment Equality of the Spanish Government.






"That None Shall Perish"

Kelly Mack

National Science Foundation, Advance – U.S.A.


Professor Dr. Kelly Mack received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in Biology, and later on a Ph.D. in Physiology from Howard University. Currently, she is Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences at UMES, making her the first African American woman and the first woman ever to be promoted to this rank in the history of the Department of Natural Sciences at UMES. Professor Dr. Mack not only has a professional commitment to cancer research, but also to teaching and academic leadership.




"The Voice of Women Scientists in European Research Policy"

Brigitte Mühlenbruch

President of the European Platform of Women Scientists


Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch was founding and first Vice President of the European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS) in Brussels, having recently been elected as the Platform's president. She is a member of the European Commission’s Network of Women in Decision Making in Politics and the Economy, and Vice President of the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation in Germany. After finishing her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Brigitte Mühlenbruch worked as a scientist at the University of Bonn for almost 20 years before becoming the University’s first Equal Opportunities Commissioner. Since the late 1980’s her research and concept development have focused on gender equality, gender mainstreaming, and programmes and processes regarding the recruitment and retention of female scientists in Germany as well as at the EU level. In 2003, Brigitte Mühlenbruch was a member of the Steering Committee for the Study on Networks of Women Scientists in Brussels which confirmed the need of a network for women scientists at European level. Brigitte Mühlenbruch was Managing Director of the Center of Excellence Women and Science CEWS in Bonn from 2000 until 2005, managing several research projects funded by the German government and the EU in the field of gender equality in science. Under her leadership, CEWS drafted the winning proposal for the establishment of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS in Brussels and signed the contract with the European Commission in 2005.


"Impacto da Globalização no Ensino Superior. O governo das Instituições"

Helena Nazaré

Universidade de Aveiro – Portugal


Professor Dr. Helena Nazaré is Full Professor of Physics at the University of Aveiro, where she has just completed her second mandate as Rector, a position that she fulfilled from 2002 to 2009. Her academic career included as well several other highly relevant positions in University management. As a scientist, she published over 70 papers related to her main research field, semiconductors physics.






"Women Empower in science and the EU : achievements, trends, oportunities for action"

Luísa Prista

European Commission, Head of Unit Scientific Culture and Gender


Luisa Prista is Head of Unit "Scientific Culture and Gender Issues" in the European Commission, DG Research managing the Science in Society Programme within FP7.

Luisa Prista holds a degree of Mechanical engineering in Applied Thermodynamics from the IST - Instituto Superior Tecnico de Lisboa followed by Energy Policy and Management & Business Administration from Italy. She worked at the University as a scientific researcher, as a lecturer and in the private sector. From 1986, she was working in Switzerland as an industrial engineer in different industrial sectors. Before joining the Commission, she was working for the Swiss Federal Government as Head of the Office Infoenergy.

She joined the Commission in Brussels in 1994 working at Directorate General for Research as Head of Sector on “Processes and Organization of Production”. In 1999, she became Head of Unit “Materials, Nanotechnology and Steel Research”. In 2002, she became Head of Unit “Policy and Strategy” unit for the Directorate “Space and Transport” and in 2004, Head of Unit of the Unit "Surface Transport" dealing with road, rail and maritime sectors. In parallel, she is also the responsible for the Marine and Maritime Research Strategy within the new European Maritime Policy.

During her whole career as a researcher, as a teacher, as engineer and international officer she has been engaged in women related issues in particular gender equality in science and engineering, member of relevant networks and working groups.



"Women and scientific careers in Europe: Time for change"

Teresa Rees

Cardiff University – U.K.


Professor Dr. Teresa Rees is particularly interested in an approach to promote gender equality known as gender mainstreaming. This is based on the theoretical concept of the ‘politics of difference’ and is about embedding a gender dimension into policies and processes, systems and structures. Most recently her work has focused on women and science policies in Europe, a particular concern of the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission for whom she had acted as an expert adviser. She was rapporteur for a series of international groups of scientists commissioned by the EC to inform policies on recruiting, retaining and making the most of women in science, engineering and technology in the public and private sectors, and to benchmark national policies on women and science. She also assisted in the work on ‘measuring excellence’ for the design of the 7th Framework Programme.



"Career: Challenges and achievements"

Lia de Sá

Conselho Regional de Engenharia, Arquitectura e Agronomia do Distrito Federal – Brazil


Engineer Lia de Sá is highly experienced in the area of Civil Engineering, having fulfilled both technical and managerial positions. At present she is the President of the Regional Engineering Council for Architecture and Agronomy of the Federal District and was recently appointed to the post of Superintend for the Maintenance of Public Monuments of the Federal District. Her outstanding career has been recognized with several awards, including the Civil Defense Merit Medal  (Federal District, 2006), the Entrepreneur Women Award (Rotary Club Brasilia Alvorada, 2007), and the Diplome and National Medal for Sustainable Development and Environmental Sanitation (Biosfera - Brazilian Institute for Environment, 2008).




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