14 - 15 February 2022
10.00 – 12.00 UK/
13.00 – 15.00 Moscow

Gender Equality and Career Paths for Scientists


Forum Topics
Keynotes on female leadership in academia and reflections on gender equality
Best practice case studies from universities and research centres on promoting gender equality and empowering female researchers
Overview of recent research into gender equality in academia in Russia and the UK
Potential synergies between Russia and the UK in advancing gender equality
Nowadays, while women represent 53% of undergraduate and master students, they only occupy 28% of researcher positions worldwide. The further up you go in the academia ladder, the less women you find. The few that remain tend to have more limited access to funding than men, earn 18% less than their men counterparts and are less represented in prestigious universities and among senior faculty. All these factors together put women at a further disadvantage in high-impact publishing, representation in leadership positions and consequently in decision- and policy-making (UNESCO Science report, towards 2030).

The UK has pioneered many initiatives promoting gender equity at the heart of policy and practice. Funding bodies such as Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships, Daphne Jackson Trust and Wellcome Trust provide re-entry fellowships after career breaks.

Probably the best-known initiative is the Athena SWAN Charter, established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women. Since then, gender culture started to change in many universities, which are now making efforts to report the gender pay gap, to highlight women's success, or to encourage family-friendly time-tables for meetings. The engagement of universities with the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science has had a positive impact in advancing gender equality.

In Russia the scientific world, like almost any professional community, is not devoid of gendered stereotypes. When people talk about a scientist, they often imagine a middle-aged man. This is especially evident in natural and technical sciences.

Today, women occupy about 40% of our classrooms, says Daria Kozlova, First Vice Rector of ITMO University. The gender ratio in computer science is approximately 45% to 55%, and 50% to 50% in scientific entrepreneurship programs. However, if we look at the gender balance among the leaders of research teams, there is still one woman to nine men.

While Russian women actively participate in hard sciences, there is a noticeable opportunity gap between male and female scientists. In 2019, women made up just 5.3 percent of membership in the Russian Academy of Sciences, and women earn about 73 percent of the salary of their male counterparts.

During the forum we will discuss possible reasons contributing to the inequality of academic community, including in senior positions, and initiatives that can inspire and empower female researchers, including early career, to advance their scientific careers and progress on the path towards leadership positions.

Speakers
Frances Wood (Moderator)
Regional Director for the UK Government Science and Innovation Network (SIN) covering Europe, Russia, Turkey and Israel, read more
Carole Mundell
Professor, President of the Science Council, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at the University of Bath, Hiroko Sherwin Chair in Extragalactic Astronomy, and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, read more
Irina Kraeva
Rector, Moscow State Linguistic University, read more
Dame Jane Francis
Professor, Director, British Antarctic Survey, read more
Sally Davies
UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, and former Chief Medical Officer for England, read more
Irina Kuklina
Professor, Executive Director, International Centre for Innovations in Science, Technology and Education (ICISTE), read more
Dmitry Endovitsky
Professor, Doctor of Economics,Rector of Voronezh State University, Chairman of the Council of Rectors of Voronezh Regional Institutions of Higher Education,
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Marina Baskakova
Marina Baskakova, Leading Research Fellow at the Institute of Macroeconomic Studies of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Leading Research Fellow at the Employment, Social and Labour Relations of the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Science, Doctor of Economics, read more
Daria Kozlova
First Vice Rector, ITMO University,
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Sarah Dickinson Hyams
Assistant Director, International Equality Charters, Advance HE,
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Daria Gordeeva
PhD candidate, Institute of Pharmacy of the Kazan State Medical University,
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Kristina Sukhanova
Junior Research Scientist in the Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology Russian Academy of Sciences, read more
Dudari Burueva
PhD in Chemistry, Postdoctoral Researcher at the International Tomography Center SB RAS ,
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Elena Stavrevska
PhD, Research officer, Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London School of Economics and Political Science, read more
Paul Walton
PhD, Professor of Chemistry, University of York, read more
Sarah Pike
Sarah Pike, PhD, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, Birmingham Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, read more
Yulia Zaika
Head of the International Department, Federal Research Centre Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Arctic Office, APECS Russia, read more
Saule Akhmetkaliyeva
PhD candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University, co-president of UK Polar Network (UKPN), read more
Elena Romadina
PhD student, Skoltech Centre for Energy Science and Technology, "Batteries and the renewable energy sources – trends and perspectives", read more
Olga Tutubalina
Leading Researcher, Laboratory of Aerospace Methods, Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Faculty of Geography, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, read more
Maria Baktysheva
Deputy Head of International relations department, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), read more
Programme
Day 1, MONDAY, 14 February, 10:00-12:00/13:00-15:00

10:00 UK/13:00 Welcome to the Forum

ModeratorFrances Wood, Regional Director for the UK Government Science and Innovation Network (SIN) covering Europe, Russia, Turkey and Israel

Round Table Discussion with: Carole Mundell, Irina Kraeva, Dame Jane Francis, Olga Tutubalina, Elena Romadina, Sarah Pike, Dudari Burueva, Saule Akhmetkaliyeva, Kristina Sukhanova, Daria Gordeeva, Yulia Zaika
Carole Mundell, Professor, President of the Science Council, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at the University of Bath, Hiroko Sherwin Chair in Extragalactic Astronomy, and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics

Irina Kraeva, Rector, Moscow State Linguistic University

Dame Jane Francis,
Professor, Director, British Antarctic Survey

Olga Tutubalina, Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellow at the Scott Polar Research Institute, the University of Cambridge, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, 2000), Candidate of Sciences in Geography (Moscow State University, 2004), Docent in Cartography (2011)

Elena Romadina, PhD student, Skoltech Centre for Energy Science and Technology

Sarah Pike, PhD, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, Birmingham Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham

Dudari Burueva, PhD in Chemistry, Postdoctoral Researcher at the International Tomography Center SB RAS

Saule Akhmetkaliyeva, PhD candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University, Co-President UK Polar Network (UKPN)

Kristina Sukhanova, Junior Research Scientist in the Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology Russian Academy of Sciences

Daria Gordeeva, PhD candidate, Institute of Pharmacy of the Kazan State Medical University

Yulia Zaika, Head of the International Department, Federal Research Centre Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Arctic Office, APECS Russia

11:50/14:50 Moderator to round up the event
12:00/15:00 END
Day 2: TUESDAY February 2022 | 10:00 – 12:00 UK/ 13:00 – 15:00 Moscow

10:00 UK/13:00 Moscow: Welcome to the forum

Moderator – Daria Kozlova, First Vice Rector, ITMO University

10:10 UK/13:10 Moscow: Keynote

Dame Sally Davies, UK AMR special envoy

Irina Kuklina, Professor, Executive Director, International Centre for Innovations in Science, Technology and Education (ICISTE)

Dmitry Yendovitsky, Professor, Doctor of Economics, Rector of Voronezh State University
Speakers' Presentations: Maria Bakhtysheva, Marina Baskakova, Elena B. Stavrevska, Paul Walton, Elena Bazanova, Sarah Dickinson Hyams
Maria Bakhtysheva, Deputy Head of International relations department, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)

Marina Baskakova, Leading Research Fellow at the Institute of Macroeconomic Studies of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Leading Research Fellow at the Employment, Social and Labour Relations of the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Science, Doctor of Economics

Elena B. Stavrevska, PhD, Research Officer, Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London School of Economics and Political Science

Paul Walton, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, University of York

Elena Bazanova, MISIS - tbc

Sarah Dickinson Hyams, Assistant Director, International Equality Charters, Advance HE
11:30/14:30 Q&A
11:55/14:55 Moderator to round up the event
12:00/15:00 END
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Contacts
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