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European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education and Research Hosted in Paris

The 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education and Research took place in Paris from September 12 to 14, 2016, alongside civil society and political leadership forums, and the 2016 Irène Joliot Curie Award. Since 1998, the European Conferences on Gender Equality have regularly brought together hundreds of people active in the gender equality field from Europe and beyond, including researchers, professors, administrators, policy-makers, and students. The three-day conference provided an international platform to share good practices and experiences, as well as results of research on changes in gender equality in academia, and related challenges.

The conference was attended by 300 people from 26 different countries, including Tsai Li-Ling from National Kaohsiung Normal University, and Hung Wen-Ling and Wang Chih-Ping from National Kaohsiung Marine University, and it took place at Université Paris Diderot and Collège de France. It was co-organised by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Université Paris Diderot, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle- Paris 3 and the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC), with support from the French Ministry for National Education and Higher Education and Research, and partnership with L’Oréal Foundation.
This year’s conference focused on the obstacles that women face in professional and academic workplaces, public gender equality policies, and affirmative action in education. Two major themes of the round table discussions were “Higher Education and Research as a place of power, and exercise of responsibilities” and “Higher Education and Research as a place of knowledge production and dissemination”. The closing speech was given by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Minister of Education. Other key speakers included Stefania Giannini, Italian Minister of Higher Education and Research; Carmen Vela, Spanish Secretary of State of Investigation and Development and Innovation; Susanne Baer, a judge of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany; Christine Clerici, President of the Université Paris Diderot; Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po; and Alain Fuchs, President and General Director of the French National Center for Scientific Research.