Speakers & Moderators


Fredrik Bondestam
Associate Professor in Sociology at Uppsala University

Fredrik Bondestam is Associate Professor in Sociology at Uppsala University and currently the Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg. His research covers organizational change in higher education and research, feminist pedagogy, gender-based violence and sexual harassment, risk and masculinities, and gender mainstreaming in theory and practice. As senior research leader at the Center for Gender Research, Uppsala University, he developed pioneering gender perspectives on the management, governance and organization of higher education. Fredrik has also managed government assignments on gender mainstreaming in Sweden during 2013-2017 and currently participates in several EU funded Horizon 2020 projects targeting preventive measures on gender-based violence and harassment in ERA (UniSAFE, GENDERACTION Plus).
Anna Bull
Lecturer in Education and Social Justice at the University of York

Dr Anna Bull is a Lecturer in Education and Social Justice at the University of York, and a founder and director of The 1752 Group, a research and campaign organisation addressing staff sexual misconduct in higher education. She is currently Principle Investigator on the ESRC-funded research project ‘Examining Institutional Responses to Sexual Misconduct: Higher Education After #MeToo’. Her research interests include class and gender inequalities in classical music education; and staff sexual misconduct in higher education. Her monograph Class, Control, and Classical Music was published in 2019 with Oxford University Press and in 2020 was joint winner of the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Award. Anna was an academic advisor to the National Union of Students for their report Power in the Academy: staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education and co-authored The 1752 Group and McAllister Olivarius' Sector Guidance to address staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education.  
Karin Gilland Lutz
Chair of The LERU Policy Group On Diversity, Equality And Inclusion

Karin Gilland Lutz chairs the LERU policy group on diversity, equality and inclusion, and serves as deputy head of the Office for Gender Equality and Diversity at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Some of the main dossiers that she oversees include Gender Equality Plans, professional hiring and EDI in an Open Science environment. Originally from Sweden, Karin holds a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin (2001) and an M.A. degree in Public Administration from the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer (2022).
Anne Laure Humbert
Professor of Gender and Diversity and Co-Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University

Anne Laure Humbert, PhD, is Professor of Gender and Diversity and Co-Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University. Anne is very experienced in gender equality research at national and EU level, policy analysis and assessment as well as gender statistics. She specialises in applying quantitative methods to comparative social and economic analysis, particularly in relation to work and organisations, entrepreneurship, and work-life balance. She holds visiting positions at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London and at the Center for Feminist Social Studies at Örebro University in Sweden. She has previously held positions at Cranfield University and Middlesex University London. Anne is a regular public speaker on gender equality and she enjoys the opportunity to make connections between theory, practice and activism.
Gemma Irvine
Vice-President for Equality & Diversity in Maynooth University, Ireland

Dr Gemma Irvine is Vice-President for Equality & Diversity in Maynooth University, Ireland.  Dr Irvine also has oversight of access and widening participation, and Excellence in Exile including University of Sanctuary and Scholars at Risk.  Previously Dr Irvine was Head of Policy and Strategic Planning in the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Irish National Delegate for FP7/Horizon2020 programmes, and Assistant Director of the Irish Research Council (IRC). Dr Irvine led the secretariat for the Irish National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions, 2016 and the Gender Equality Taskforce, 2018. Dr Irvine was an Irish National Delegate for the ERAC Standing Working Group for Gender in Research and Innovation (ERAC SWG GRI). Prior to that Dr Irvine completed her Masters and PhD in Neuroscience in New Zealand before coming to Ireland in 2004 to work as a Research Fellow in Trinity College Dublin.
Anke Lipinsky
Senior researcher at GESIS Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences

Dr Anke Lipinsky, senior researcher at GESIS Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Department Data and Research on Society. She is a specialist in mixed methods. Dr Lipinsky has extensive experiences in the application of qualitative and quantitative social science methods in the field of gender (in)equalities and related topics in higher education and research. Her work focuses on evaluation, monitoring and understanding the effects of policy interventions that aim eradicating inequalities, including in research funding in the European Research Area. Dr Lipinsky is the PI for UniSAFE’s cross-cultural online survey in research performing organisations. She collaborated in multiple EU-funded projects, e.g. INTEGER, GenPORT, GEECCO, UniSAFE and INSPIRE. She served as expert in the European Commission's expert panels Gendered Innovations 2.0 and Impact Assessment on Structural Change and is a member of the international network of Women in Higher Education Management WHEM.
Miguel Lorente
Associated Professor in the School of Medicine of the University of Granada

Miguel Lorente Acosta, Associated Professor in the School of Medicine of the University of Granada (Spain), advisor of the Equality, Sustainability and Inclusion Vice-rectorate of the university, PhD in Medicine and Surgery (graduated with honors), Specialist in Legal Medicine, Master in Bioethics and Law (University of Barcelona), and Forensic Doctor. He works and research on interpersonal violence and, specially, on violence against women and gender-based violence. He also works on masculinity and how men identity and androcentric culture are related with violent and power behaviors. As a consequence of his work, he has collaborated as an expert with United Nations, WHO, EIGE (EU), EC and other organisms and institutions. He has occupied political positions related to his work, being Delegate of the Government for Gender-based Violence in the national Government from 2008 to 2011. He has published more than 80 scientific papers in national and international journals, and has written 7 books, basically on violence against women and masculinities.  He also has two blogs, one, “Autopsia” (“Autopsy”) related to VAW, equality and social problems related; and the other, “Cardiopatía Poética” (“Poetic Cardiopathy”) on poetry, his other passion.
Paulina Polak
MA student of Cultural Studies and member of the team dealing with sexual violence at University of Warsaw, Poland

Paulina Polak is a first year MA student of Cultural Studies at University of Warsaw, Poland. She is a member of a team dealing with sexual violence which operates under student’s ombudsman.  It is a new body in university’s structure and is still being in the making. In the team she is especially involved with promotional activities, contact with students, university emploees and media. Paula is a co-funder and member of Student Feminist Community of the University of Warsaw which consociates feminist-oriented students. It’s main mission is to provide a safe space for academic discussions, informal meetings and activism. Her academic interests consist of feminist theory and cultural history.
Stephan Michael Schröder
Vice Rector for Academic Staff and Equal Opportunities, University of Cologne

Stephan Michael Schröder, since 2022 Vice Rector for Academic Staff and Equal Opportunities, University of Cologne. Born in Namibia. Studied Scandinavian Studies, Political Science and History at the Universities of Kiel, Minneapolis and Odense. M.A. in Kiel 1988, Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies in Berlin (Free University) 1993. Academic employment 1991–2005 at the Free University and the Humboldt-University in Berlin, interrupted by a scholarship stay in Copenhagen 1997–1999, financed by the German Research Council. Since 2005 Professor in Scandinavian Studies at the Department of Scandinavian and Finnish Studies at the University of Cologne. 2015–2019 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the first three years responsible for staff, gender equality and diversity, the last one for international affairs.
Anna Schubertová
PhD candidate studying comparative literature at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University

Anna Schubertová is a PhD candidate studying comparative literature at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University. She is a member of a student organisation Initiative Out Loud (Iniciativa Nahlas) focused on gender based violence at universities. In February, Iniciativa Nahlas published an open letter advocating for an implementation of policies against GBV and since then continues to push for improvement of preventive measures, report procedures or teacher’s training. Since October 2022 Anna is a member of the student branch of the Faculty of Arts Academic Senate and has been appointed as a student advisor for the reporting of sexual harassement cases.
Věra Sokolová
Vice-Chair of the Equality & Diversity Working Group at Coimbra Group and Chair of the Board for Equal Opportunities at Charles University

Věra Sokolová is Vice-Chair of the Equality & Diversity Working Group at Coimbra Group; Chair of the Board for Equal Opportunities at Charles University; and Associate Professor of History and Head of the Graduate Program in Gender Studies at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. She is a member of the Gender 4EU+ platform of the 4EU+ European University Alliance; a former member of the Committee for Sexual Minorities of the Government Council of the Czech Republic; and a member of several editorial and research boards of academic institutions in the Czech Republic. She specializes in comparative history of gender and sexuality; collective memory and public space; and reproductive justice. She is the author of four books and numerous chapters and research articles, mostly in English.
Sofia Strid
Associate Professor in Gender Studies, Örebro University and Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Gothenburg University, Sweden

Sofia Strid is Associate Professor in Gender Studies, Örebro University and Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Gothenburg University, Sweden. She is Research Leader of the Centre for Violence Studies. She works inter-disciplinary and has held positions in Gender Studies, Political Science, and Sociology in Austria, Belgium, Sweden, and the UK. Strid has worked extensively on developing concepts and methodologies for theorising and measuring gender-based violence, currently as the Scientific Coordinator of the EUH2020-funded projects UniSAFE: Gender-based violence and institutional responses (2021-2024), RESISTIRÉ: Reducing gendered inequalities (2021-2023), and ACCTING: For a fair and inclusive green deal (2022-2025), and as PI of the Swedish Research Council funded Violence Regimes (2018-2022). Her work has been published in e.g., Policy and Practice, Feminist Theory, Health Care for Women International, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Sex Research, Politics and Governance, Social Politics, Social Problems, Sociology, Theory & Society, and Women’s Studies International Forum.


Moa Persdotter

Moa Persdotter is working with gender mainstreaming and diversity within R&I at Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova. She has a Master Degree in Political Science from Lund University and was the former Director of VentureLab  - Lund University’s’ startup incubator. Her main expert areas are around cross sector collaborative management and policy processes for making support organisations and startups more gender equal and inclusive. Right now she is part of a core team at Vinnova focusing on how AI can be used to promote gender equality, and is one of two who represents Vinnova and Sweden in the Nordic Innovation Task Force for Diversity. In the European Union’s Horizon Europe funded project GENDERACTIONplus she manages the RFO CoP together with Dr Sophia Ivarsson.
Colette Schrodi

Colette Schrodi is the lead communication officer at the European Science Foundation (ESF). She specialises in formulating communication, dissemination, and exploitation strategies and oversees the organisation’s communication and dissemination activities in EU-funded projects. A significant part of these projects focusses on institutional and structural change, gender equality and inclusivity (UniSAFE, RESISTIRE, and ACCTING) and innovative education methods (OTTER, DocEnhance). Colette holds a Master’s degree in international communication strategies and has worked for over 15 years in various institutional environments, ensuring the visibility of a wide range of projects, raising awareness and engaging stakeholders. She recently co-authored a paper on “Better stories for a gender equal and fairer social recovery from outbreaks: Learnings from the RESISTIRÉ project” published in “Gender & Development”.
Zdeněk Sloboda

Zdeněk Sloboda graduated in journalism and media studies at Charles University in Prague. Since then he taught and researched at several Czech universities (Palacký University in Olomouc, Charles University, and Westbohemian University in Pilsen), at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (department Gender & Sociology), and at the University Leipzig in Germany (department of Media Education). His topics of interest are gender and sexuality in the media, in education, and in social movements. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Czech governmental Commission for Human Rights (Committee for Sexual Minorities), since 2015 of the Commission for Gender Equality (working-group on men and equality) and between 2019 and 2021 member of the EIGE's Expert's Forum.