ESOF2022 session: The Chair: Fact or Fiction? Addressing the challenges faced by women leaders in academia

ESOF2022 session: The Chair: Fact or Fiction? Addressing the challenges faced by women leaders in academia


We were delighted to be a part of this year’s EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) conference, the largest biennial interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe.

AE Cardiff, together with CALIPER and the Young Academy of Europe, held a webinar on 16th July as part of ESOF2022. The session addressed challenges faced by women leaders in academia, using the Netflix comedy-drama, The Chair as a backdrop to the discussion.

The webinar began with real-life experiences of Professor Mangala Srinivas of Wageningen University. Professor Srinivas covered a diverse range of issues on gender equality, including the concern of not having a permanent contract, challenges associated with being an expat and the problems of lack of career recognition.

Dr Susanne Täuber, Associate Professor & Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen, gave the keynote talk in which she highlighted the gap between gender equality policy and practice within the academic sector, and why this gap exists.

Dr Sara Aguirre-Sánchez-Beato of Université Libre de Bruxelles and Marcelo Mora of IRB Barcelona, highlighted two active examples of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs). The GEPs were developed within the context of CALIPER, a European-funded project on gender equality in STEM fields, aiming at achieving structural changes in the research and innovation sector.

The webinar was expertly chaired by Dr Gemma Modinos, who represented the Young Academy of Europe. 

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The Diamond Open Access Model: what impact on research?

The Diamond Open Access Model: what impact on research?


At this online event held on 28th March 2022, our panellists discussed the latest developments in Open Access publishing and what it means for researchers, research-intensive institutions, funding bodies, libraries and publishers. Around 180 joined the webinar from 28 countries across the world.

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Transitioning to new energy systems: What impact will it have on society and on our lives?

Transitioning to new energy systems: What impact will it have on society and on our lives?


On 11 October, an international audience of 150 people joined our panel of experts to discuss the impact that moving away from fossil fuels to new energy sources may have on our lives.

This online event was organised by SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) and Academia Europaea.

You’ll find an overview of the webinar and key points from the speakers below, together with a recording of the event for those who were unable to attend or would like to watch again.

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EU policy on biodegradable plastics: experts, policymakers and other stakeholders discuss the issues

EU policy on biodegradable plastics: experts, policymakers and other stakeholders discuss the issues


This webinar brought together EU policymakers and stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges in developing a policy framework for biodegradable plastics. Held on 16th June 2021, it was attended by 300 people.

The event was hosted by Mohammed Chahim MEP, Co-chair of the Circular Economy Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. It is part of a series of events drawing on the SAPEA Evidence Review Report Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment and the associated Scientific Opinion by the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.

An overview of the webinar discussions is provided below.

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Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?

Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?


A lively discussion took place at our webinar on 21st May 2021, as a panel of experts shared their ideas on biodegradable plastics and how to engage with consumers and society. Over 200 people joined the online event from 37 countries around the world.

The webinar was organised by SAPEA, in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, as part of a series of events drawing on the Evidence Review Report ‘Biodegradable plastics in the open environment’ and the associated Scientific Opinion by the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.

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