International Conference: “Inequality vs inclusiveness in changing academic governance: policies, resistances, opportunities” – 16/17 September 2019

In the last decades, profound transformations have been re-shaping academia and the research environment. Recent reforms in funding structures, research assessment exercises, and accountability procedures are redesigning the practices in academic work, redefining research schedules and determining relevant effects on scientific career paths. The academic practices emerging in these contexts produce new inequalities while strengthening old ones. Changing rules in recruitment and career development of researchers in some instances reduce and in others intensify the pre-existing gender gaps, having ambivalent impacts on different researchers’ cohorts, on minorities, on universities of different sizes, and different regional contexts. 

European policies are orienting research and innovation processes towards the development of more responsible and inclusive research practices, able to respond to the challenges of contemporary society. Gender Equality plans and mentoring programs in scientific institutions are part of these practices, fostering diversity in academia. Implemented in different national and cultural contexts, they offer a variety of models to tackle inequalities in academia, develop intergenerational exchange and encourage diversity. 

This conference, organized by the University of Naples Federico II and EUMENT-NET (European network of mentoring programs in academia), aims to encourage the debate about the impact of current transformations on academic landscapes in terms of gender and diversity, and about the achievements of equality action plans and related practices among: 

academics and researchers from different research fields, 

decision-makers in academia and government bodies, 

practitioners from academic and research institutions (project managers and persons in charge of the implementation of gender equality plans/projects, mentoring programs, etc., and other HR development professionals). 


Keynote speakers: 

Marieke van den Brink, Professor of Gender & Diversity at the Radboud University Nijmegen 

Marcela Linková, Head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Chair of the ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation 

  • Annalisa Murgia, Professor of Sociology at the University of Milan, Principal Investigator of the ERC project SHARE -‘Seizing the Hybrid Areas of Work by Re-presenting Self-Employment’. Coordinatoor, with Barbara Poggio, of European FP7 project GARCIA (Gendering the Academy and Research: Combating career Instability and Asymmetries)

We welcome empirical and theoretical contributions (about your research or project) on the following topics: 

– New forms of techno-scientific governance and their impact in terms of gender and diversity in academia 

– Excellence and bias effects in academic recruitment and career progression 

– Contribution of gender studies and STS feminist studies to fostering gender equality in academia 

– Contribution of HR professionals to fostering gender equality in academia 

– Gender equality action plans in academic and research institutions 

– Mentoring programs as a tool for supporting and developing diversity in academia 

– Cultural change in the research institutions through mentoring programs 

– Mentoring programs benefits for mentees, mentors and institutions 

For practitioners, there will be organized expert exchange sessions. 

The International Conference will be hosted by the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, from the 16th – 17th of September 2019. 

On the 18th of September 2019, the General Assembly of the EUMENT-NET will be held. This meeting is also open to those (non-members) interested in EUMENT-NET´s agenda (e.g.) mentoring programs coordinators or people thinking about setting up a mentoring program at their institution. We will discuss the plan for 2020 and the possibilities of future cooperation among our members. It is a good opportunity for non-members to gain useful contacts and information, and to explore a possible interest in membership. 


Deadline for abstract submission has been extended until: 14th of July 2019
Acceptance of abstracts announcement: 19th of July 2019
(People who have sent their abstracts until the original deadline on 30th of June will receive acceptance letter until the origin date 15th of July)


Deadline early bird rate: 31st of July 2019; 

Deadline standard rate: 31st of August 2019. 

You can register here: 


Contribution formats: 

• Oral presentation 

• Poster presentation 

Abstracts: for oral presentation max. 400 words, for poster presentation max. 200 words – should be submitted through the EUMENT-NET website ( by 30th of June 2019. The organizing committee will notify authors of the acceptance of proposals by 15th of July 2019. 

Conferences fees 

Early birds

up to 31st of July

Standard registration

from 1st of August up to

31st of August

Full fee 120 € 180 €
Special fee 80 € 140 €


We offer special fee to: 

– EUMENT-NET members 

– EUMENT-NET membership applicants (attendance of the General Assembly of the EUMENT-NET on the 18th of September 2019 is expected) 

– Students 

– Applicants for special reduced fee (explanation needed) 

Organizing committee: 

EUMENT-NET committee: Katerina Cidlinska, Dagmar Höppel, Ulrike Kéré, Ekaterina Masetkina, Olivia Och, Evelyn Rusdea. 

Local committee: Maria Carmela Agodi, Carlo De Luca, Adele Lauria, Vincenzo Lapiccirella, Emanuele Madonia, Ilenia Picardi, Caterina Rinaldi, Mariacristina Sciannamblo. 

Scientific committee: 

Maria Carmela Agodi (Università di Napoli Federico II), Katerina Cidlinska (Czech Academy of Sciences, EUMENT-NET), Fabio Corbisiero (Università di Napoli Federico II, AIS Studi di Genere), Ilenia Picardi (Università di Napoli Federico II), Harald Rohracher (Linköping University, RN24 Science and Technology, European Sociological Association – ESA), Assunta Viteritti (Università di Roma La Sapienza, STS Italia), Ann Elise Widding Isaksen (University of Bergen, RN33 Women’s and Gender Studies – European Sociological Association – ESA). 

In case of any questions, please contact:

Download here the Call for Conference in pdf format


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