Ending gender-based violence in academia



24 – 25 November 2022
Prague, Czech Republic & online


About the conference

This high-level conference will address the persistent and damaging problem of gender-based violence in academia, including sexual harassment. Existing studies and policy documents identify the need for policy coordination in this area as well as building infrastructures to address the issue. Gender-based violence is one of the five recommended thematic areas of Gender Equality Plans under the Horizon Europe eligibility criterion, and is also one of the areas addressed in the Ljubljana Declaration on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation, focusing on the need for additional policy coordination and action.

The conference will bring together representatives of national authorities, Research Funding Organisations, Research Performing Organisations, student organisations and other relevant stakeholders in the European Research Area, to advance the debate on the actions needed to improve the protection of students and staff, with a focus on mobile students and researchers particularly in the early-career stages, from all forms of violence in academic settings.

Event starts in


Day 1: Agenda setting & state of the art
Thursday 24. 11.

Moderators: Colette Schrodi, European Science Foundation & Zdeněk Sloboda, Palacký University Olomouc

09:00 – 9:30
Welcome addresses

  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, CZ
  • European Commission

09:30 – 11:00
Mobilisation and support for safe academia for all

Moderator: Colette Schrodi, European Science Foundation


  • Sara Pilia, Gender Equality Officer, Eurodoc, IT
  • Paula Polak, Promotion team of Sexual violence consultant (Student‘s ombudsman office), University of Warsaw, PL
  • Anna Schubertová, Initiative Out Loud, Charles University, CZ

11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break

11:30 – 12:00
Keynote: No More Excuses. Moving beyond Gender-Based Violence in Academia


  • Fredrik Bondestam, Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research, SE
  • Sofia Strid, Gothenburg University, SE

12:00 – 13:00
UniSAFE: prevalence, consequences and determinants of gender-based violence in academia and the tools to eradicate it

Moderator: Sofia Strid, Gothenburg University


  • Anke Lipinsky, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, DE
  • Anne Laure Humbert, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Alain Denis, Yellow Window, BE

13:00 – 14:30

14:30 – 16:00

Internationalisation & mobility

Moderator: Zdeněk Sloboda, Palacký University Olomouc

Speakers TBC

End of Day 1

Networking dinner (venue will be specified soon)

Day 2: Finding solutions
Friday 25. 11.

Moderators: Colette Schrodi, European Science Foundation & Zdeněk Sloboda, Palacký University Olomouc

9:00 – 10:30
Institutional change as a tool to end gender-based violence

Moderator: Colette Schrodi, European Science Foundation


  • Michaela Antonín Malaníková, Deputy Ombudsperson, Palacký University Olomouc, CZ
  • Anna Bull, Director of research, The 1752 Group, University of York, GB
  • Gemma Irvine, Vice-President for Equality & Diversity, Maynooth University, IE
  • Miguel Lorente Acosta, Advisor of the Equality, Sustainability and Inclusion Vice-rectorate, University of Granada, ES
  • Stephen Michael Schröder, Vice Rector for Academic Staff and Equal Opportunities, University of Cologne, DE

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00
The steering role of RFOs in ending gender-based violence

Moderator: Moa Persdotter, Vinnova


  • Rhonda J Davis, Head of Office of Equity and Civil Rights, National Science Foundation, USA
  • Adrien Braem, Co-chair of the Gender Working Group, Global Research Council

12:00 – 13:00

13:00 – 14:00

ERA stakeholders


  • Karin Gilland Lutz, Chair of policy group on diversity, equality and inclusion, LERU
  • Věra Sokolová, Vice-Chair of Equality & Diversity Working Group, Coimbra Group
  • EUA, Science Europe, CESAER (TBC)

14:00 – 14:30
Coffee break

14:30 – 15:30

Policy frameworks and measures to end gender-based violence

Moderator: Marcela Linková, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences


  • CZ, speaker TBC
  • ES, speaker TBC
  • SE, speaker TBC

15:30 – 15:40
Call for action

15:40 – 16:00
Final Remarks


  • European Commission (TBC)

Close of conference

Speakers & Moderators

More information

Practical information

Information about Prague, the venue, public transportation, GDPR, and current COVID-19 measures.



Our aim is to make this conference as eco-friendly as possible.

More about sustainability


Here you can find policy documents and information about projects related to gender-based violence in academia.



Local organising committee

Fredrik Bondestam, Uppsala University, SE
Ana Maria Fonseca de Almeida, University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, BR
Jeff Hearn, Hanken School of Economics, FI
Ruth Lewis, Northumbria University, GB
Sara Pilia, Eurodoc, IT
Sofia Strid, Gothenburg University, SE
Kathrin Zippel, Free University of Berlin, DE

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For the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences:

Marcela Linková, Head of the Centre for Gender and Science
Ananké Nebeská, CZ PRES Event Organiser, Centre for Gender and Science
Jana Gabrielová, Communication Coordinator, Centre for Gender and Science
Jarmila Lancošová, Team Assistant, Centre for Gender and Science


For the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports:

Lucie Núñez Tayupanta, Head of Unit of the European Research Area
Zuzana Weisgärberová, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports


e-mail: gbv2022@soc.cas.cz


Centre for Gender & Science
Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Jilská 361/1
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic