UCL ‘Gender Equality’ conference

20 February 2008

UCL staff and students are invited to register for UCL’s first ‘Gender Equality’ conference on 18 March 2008.

Gender equality

The day of discussion, ideas and action will highlight UCL’s action plan on gender equality, with professional public figures discussing their own experiences. Staff and students may register for one or more of the three sessions, as well as lunch with UCL Provost and President Professor Malcolm Grant.

Session 1 sets the scene and focuses UCL’s work on Science, Engineering & Technology and gender equality, and recent research into women in clinical academia and women in academic medicine. It will be chaired by Professor Janette Atkinson, UCL Pro-Provost (North America), UCL Coordinator for Women in SET and Director of the Visual Development Unit in UCL Psychology & Language Sciences. Speakers will include: Professor Atkinson; Caroline Fox,  Programme Manager of the former Athena Project at The Royal Society; Professor Debbie Sharp, Professor of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol, and Chair of Women in Clinical Academia; and Professor Peter Main, Director of Education & Science, Institute of Physics.

Session 2, chaired by Professor Christine Hawley, Dean of UCL Built Environment and Chair of UCL’s Equal Opportunities Committee, will feature diverse women and public figures, representing different professions, talking about what made a difference in their careers. Speakers will include: Dame Hazel Genn, UCL Professor of Socio-Legal Studies; Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, the cross-party, non-party membership organisation for fundamental rights and freedoms in England and Wales; Professor Francesca Klug, Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights and one of the Commissioners of the Equality & Human Rights Commission; Stephen Whittle, Professor of Equalities Law, Manchester Metropolitan University, and founder of Press for Change, the political lobbying and educational organisation, which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights and liberties for all transgender people in the UK; and Dr Maggie Aderin, Managing Director Science Innovation Ltd and space scientist at Astrium Ltd, the European Space Company.

Session 3 is a facilitated discussion between the panel and audience on the way forward, chaired by Femi Otitojou, Director of Challenge Training Agency, UK leaders in equality & diversity training and consultancy. Speakers will include: Dr Anita Holdcroft, Clinical Reader in Anaesthesia and Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, and leader of the Women in Academic Medicine Project; Ruqayyah Collector, NUS Black Student Officer; Julie Ashdown, Senior Policy Adviser and Athena SWAN Charter Coordinator, Equality Challenge Unit; and Kat Banyard, Campaigns Officer, Sexism and the City, The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading campaign organisation for equality between women and men.

The event begins at 10.30am in the Kennedy Theatre, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH.

To find out more or to register, use the link at the top of this article.