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The Consensus Seminars represents an innovative adaptation of the Consensus Conferences model by putting Science Leaders in the traditional “lay persons” roles and Gender Experts in the traditional "experts" role. The consensus process evolved between each seminar meeting in light of experience and feedback from those involved: The Science Leaders Panel, The Gender Expert Group and The Facilitators. Scroll down to read further information on the members of each group.


The Science Leaders Panel

The Science Leaders Consensus Panel represents extensive knowledge of different scientific fields and sectors, with over 500 years of scientific and leadership experience; involvement in appointing over 2000 researchers; direction of over 100 major research programmes and research funding for over €300 million; executive decision making through over 100 Executive Board positions; and research publication record exceeding 1000 peer reviewed research papers.

Prof Simone Buitendijk, Head of the Child Health Programme,TNO (Netherlands)
Dr Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature (UK) (acting as observer)
Dr Concha Colomer-Revuelta, Director, Observatory on Women’s Health, Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs (Spain)
Prof Daniela Corda, Director, Institute of Protein Biochemistry National Research Council (Italy)
Prof Anders Flodström, University Chancellor and Head of Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Sweden)
Dr Anita Holdcroft, MD, FRCA, Emeritus Professor of Anaesthesia, Imperial College London(UK)
Dr Jackie Hunter, past Senior Vice-President, Glaxo Smith Kline (International)
Dr Astrid James, Deputy Editor The Lancet (International)
Prof Henrik Toft Jensen, past Chairman of The Danish Rectors’ Conference, (Denmark)
Dr Nick Kitchen, Vice President HR R&D, Unilever (International)
Prof Curt Rice, Pro-rector of R&D, University of Tromso (Norway)
Prof Martina Schraudner, University Professor, Technical University (Germany)
Dr Karen Sjørup, Associate Professor at the Institute for Society and Globalization, Roskilde University (Denmark)
EVP Hanne Ronneberg, Executive Vice President of SINTEF (Norway)
Prof Rolf Tarrach, Rector, University of Luxemburg (Luxemburg)


 The Gender Expert Group

One of the goals of genSET is to create a network of Gender Experts who can act as consultants for institutions trying to revise action plans for mainstreaming gender.  The gender experts who participated in the Consensus Seminars were selected from this larger network and worked with the Science Leaders Panel to improve the specificity and validity of their recommendations.  A small number of gender experts also served as consultants in the creation of the Briefing Notes.

Experts invited to Consensus Seminars:

Prof Teresa Rees, Pro Vice Chancellor of Research, University of Cardiff (UK)
Prof Londa Schiebinger, Professor of History of Science and Director of Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University (USA)
Prof Alison Woodward, Research Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB); co-director of RHEA, the Center for Gender Studies and Diversity Research (Belgium)
Prof Judith Glover, Professor of Employment Studies in the School of Business and Social Sciences, Roehampton University (UK)

Experts helping edit Consensus Seminar Briefing Materials:

Dr Alexandra Bitusikova, Research Professor at Research Institute of Matej Bel University, Banska Bystrica; Senior Advisor in Research and Innovation to European Universities Association (Slovakia)
Dr Suzanne de Cheveigne, Director of Research, Shadyc (CNRS-EHESS), Marseille (France)
Dr Linda Rustad, Senior Advisor to the Committee for Mainstreaming - Women in Science and Gender Equality in Academia, The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (Norway)
Dr Magdalena Skipper, Senior Editor, Biology, Nature (UK)


The Facilitators

Facilitators were responsible for determining the structure of each Consensus Seminar and leading the discussions during the process.

Participant Consultancy- Mark Hongenaert & Stef Steyaert



accurate at the time of publication of the Consensus Seminar report,


The genSET Science Leaders Panel Members

Prof BuitendijkSimone Buitendijk is Professor of Maternal and Child Health at Leiden University Medical Center and the University of Amsterdam Medical Center. She is also Head of the Child Health Programme at TNO Institute for Applied Science in the Netherlands. She received her MD at University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, MPH at Yale in the US, and PhD at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Dr Buitendijk’s primary scholarship is in maternal and child health, with a focus on Midwifery Studies, Perinatal Epidemiology and Public Child Health. She is a member of the National Health Council that advises the Dutch Government on national issues in health.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Prof Colomer RevueltaConcha Colomer-Revuelta MD is a specialist in Paediatrics and in Public Health. She is currently Deputy Director of the Quality Agency of the Spanish National Health System and Director of the Observatory of Women’s Health in the Ministry of Health and Social Policy. Before holding this office at the Ministry, she worked as a teacher of health professionals and as a researcher. She co-founded the Spanish Gender and Health Research Network. She has participated in organisations and projects on women’s health and gender, mainstreaming in health policies, in different NGOs and feminism activity. She is author of many scientific articles and books.



Prof CordaDaniela Corda is a cell biologist, Director of the Institute of Protein Biochemistry of the National Research Council in Naples, Italy. She obtained her degree in Biological Sciences at Perugia University, Italy and her Ph.D. in Life Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. She has been working in the signal transduction and membrane lipid dynamics field for more than 20 years, first in Israel, and then at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA, for her post-doctoral studies. She moved to the “Mario Negri” Pharmacological Research Institute in Milan in 1986, and in 1987 she was one of the founders of the Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, where she served as Head of the Department of Cell Biology and Oncology from 1996 to 2003 and Director of Research and development until 2009. Since 1998 she has been active in science policy focussing on career development in Europe and on gender-related issues within European organisation such as  the European Life Scientist Organisation (ELSO), the EC Marie Curie Programme and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) where she now chairs the Working Group on the Career of Young Scientists.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Prof FlodstromAnders Flodström is the University Chancellor of Sweden and the President of the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education. He is a member of the Executive Committee of EIT, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and a member of the Directors Advisory Board. Prof Flodström started his career in Palo Alto, USA, as member of research staff in Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre. In 1985 he was appointed a professor of physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Prof Flodström has been the Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for Engineering Sciences and President at Linköping University (LiU), Sweden. He was President of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm until July 2007 when he was appointed University Chancellor for Swedish universities. He is member of the Swedish Academy for the Engineering Sciences (IVA). He is also honorary doctor at Riga Technical University in Latvia, honorary doctor of Helsinki Technical University (TKK) and honorary professor in Dalian University of Technology in China. He is a member of the advisory board of Karlsruhe Technical Institute (KIT) and a former Chairman of CLUSTER and Baltech a network of technical universities around the Baltic Sea. He has also been guest researcher at HASYLAB/DESY in Hamburg, Germany as well as in National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in Gaithersburg, USA.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Prof HoldcroftAnita Holdcroft, the Emeritus Professor of Anaesthesia at Imperial College London, is a clinician specialising in acute pain medicine especially in females. She was the Secretary then Co-Chair of the International Association for the Study of Pain Special Interest Group on Sex, Gender and Pain until 2005. Now she is Past President of the Forum on Maternity and the Newborn and President of the Section of Anaesthesia at the Royal Society of Medicine. Her laboratory and clinical pain research has attracted Medical Research Council and charitable grants as well as funded studentships and keynote international lectures. As author/editor she has written books such as ‘Principles and Practice of Obstetric Anaesthesia and Analgesia’, ‘Core Topics in Pain’, ‘Crises in Childbirth’. Other publications include chapters on 'Sex and Gender Differences in Pain' in Wall and Melzack’s Textbook of Pain and papers on gender medicine particularly relating to women and childbirth. As a spin off from her research she champions academic women’s employment issues and led the Women in Academic Medicine (WAM) project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the BMA and the Medical Women’s Federation (MWF). She has co-chaired the BMA Medical Academic Staff Committee and is the MWF Treasurer.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Dr HunterJackie Hunter is the former Senior Vice President of Science Environment Development at GlaxoSmithKline. Dr Jackie Hunter has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years, and 2002 she was appointed Head of the Neurology and GI Centre of Excellence for Drug Discovery (CEDD).  The CEDD was focused on the discovery and development of new therapeutics for neurodegenerative disease, pain and gastrointestinal disorders. Dr Hunter has published over 130 scientific papers and served on a number of industrial and academic boards.  In 2008 she became Head of Science Environment Development with a remit to develop a pre-competitive research agenda and new ways of working with external science partners for example in her role in the Innovative Medicines Initiative in Europe and leadership of the establishment of the first biopharmaceutical open innovation campus at Stevenage, UK.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Dr HoldcroftAstrid James is the Deputy Editor of the medical journal The Lancet. She qualified in medicine from University College Hospital, London, in 1986 and then worked in the NHS for five years in general medicine and surgery, cardiology, oncology, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, geriatrics, and in general practice. She completed general practice training and then decided to go into medical publishing, working first for Medical Tribune in the UK and then for Medical Action Communications. Astrid joined The Lancet as an Assistant Editor in 1993, becoming Deputy Editor in 2001. Among her interests is a commitment to promoting the need for women in medicine and more broadly in science, and to identifying and discussing barriers to their career development.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Prof Toft JensenHenrik Toft Jensen is Lecturer at the Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change at Roskilde University, Denmark. He was Rector of Roskilde University from 1989 to 2006 and Chair of the Danish Rectors’ Conference from 2000 to 2002. Dr Toft Jensen started his career at the Department of Geography of the University of Copenhagen where he worked from 1968 to 1973. Until 1975 he was an adjunct professor at Falkonergårdens Gymnasium, Denmark. He then joined the Department of Geography, Social Science and Computer Science of Roskilde University, where he served as Head of Department from 1982 to 1987. Dr Toft Jensen is involved in a variety of higher education projects and expert committees within and outside Europe. Amongst others, he has been member of the Committee for Research and Technological Development of the EU’s 7th Framework Programme since 2007, the Chair of the steering committee of the E4 Group’s European Quality Assurance Forum since 2006 and a member of the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) since 2006. He is a member the External Review Panel of the Singaporean universities and was a member of an advisory panel to the Singaporean government from 2003 to 2006. He was the Chair of the Steering Committee of EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (2001-2007) and also represented EUA in the E4 Group until 2007. Dr Toft Jensen is and was also involved in several Danish bodies, both in the fields of higher education and geography. Dr Toft Jensen studied political science and geography at Copenhagen University and holds several honorary degrees. Amongst others, he is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Linguistic University of Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Nick KitchenNick Kitchen is Vice President HR Research and Development at Unilever. Nick has a BA and DPhil in Chemistry and joined Unilever as a Research Scientist at Unilever Research, Colworth, in 1984. After a very short period as a scientist Nick moved into HR in 1985. His first role was as a Recruitment Manager for UK National Management and after this he has held a variety of factory and Head Office HR roles. These have included Lever UK, Brooke Bond Foods as well as a period back at Colworth, this time exploring how to help people change rather than playing with test-tubes. He was then responsible for a global HR project, Garuda, which was designed to change the way HR was structured and how processes were undertaken. Nick then moved to Unilever’s Corporate Centre to be the VP, HR -Finance and IT. In this role his principal responsibilities were for the development of the future organisation of these functions and for future leaders. In 2004 Nick became HR Director for LeverFaberge, Unilever’s Home & Personal Care business within the UK. In this role he was responsible for leading the development of skills, capabilities and culture to deliver market success for this £1m+ turnover business. He then returned to the Corporate Centre taking responsibility firstly for HPC Brand Development and then in late 2007 Nick became HR VP – R&D, responsible in a HR sense for Unilever’s 6000+ R&D staff globally. As a member of the R&D Leadership Team this involves building capability for the future, identifying, and developing, the future leaders of the profession and representing the needs of R&D within the global HR community.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Prof RiceCurt Rice became the Vice Rector (prorektor) for Research and Development at the University of Tromsø on January 1st of 2009. From 2003-2008, he worked as the Director of the Centre for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL), which was the first Centre of Excellence at the University of Tromsø and in the first cohort of Centres of Excellence created in Norway. He also received funding from NordForsk to start a Nordic Network of Excellence, the Nordic Language Variation Network, which brings together sociolinguists and generative linguists to study issues of linguistic variation. Rice is a co-editor of Linguistic Inquiry and is on the editorial board of Lingua, Nordic Journal of Linguistics, and Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift. He has written and spoken widely on various topics related to scientific leadership, including the connection between leadership and gender issues in the academy.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Prof SchraudnerMartina Schraudner is Professor for Gender and Diversity in Organisations, Institute of Machine Tools and Factory Management at the Technische Universität Berlin. She also works for Fraunhofer, which is a special construct at the University of Berlin. Dr Schraudner studied biology and biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich, where she earned her doctorate. After several years of research visits to the Society for Environment and Health Research and the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich, she became Deputy Head of Department at the Research Centre Jülich. After completing her doctorate at the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, Humboldt University, Berlin, Dr Schraudner moved to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The focus of their work includes the development of business health and life sciences as well as the establishment of gender mainstreaming in research, particularly the integration of gender issues in research. Since 2004 she has been in advisory bodies of the Federal Government and the EU. She has been a board member of the Total E-Quality eV Since 2007.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Prof SjorupKaren Sjørup is Associate Professor at the Institute for Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University. She has an MSc in Sociology from the University of Copenhagen. She is currently a member of the Lønkommissionen and of the Association for Gender Research in Denmark. Dr Sjørup was the Director of the Knowledge Centre for Gender and then the Centre Director of the Centre for Gender Research, CELI, at Roskilde University until 2006. Karen Sjørup has written several scholarly articles and anthology contributions on women, professionalism and social welfare in Denmark. She also lectures on sex, profession, organisation, development, gender policy, university policy and research. From 1996-2000 Karen was the vice rector for Roskilde University and from 2000-2005 she was a member of the board of directors for The Danish Technical University (DTU).


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel EVP RonnebergHanne Rønneberg is currently Executive Vice President at SINTEF, the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia, responsible for the operating unit SINTEF Building and Infrastructure. She is also a member of the Senior Executive team in SINTEF. Until joining SINTEF last September, Rønneberg has spent the past 11 years working for the global construction company Skanska holding several senior management positions in the company, both in Norway and globally. Amongst other positions, Rønneberg is the deputy leader of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO) committee for ethics and corporate social responsibility and member of the climate panel for Norwegian businesses, as well as the Strategic Council for Environmental Technology, established by the Norwegian Government. Hanne Rønneberg has a Master of Science degree in organic chemistry from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTH 1983). She also spent two years working as assistant professor in concrete technology 1989-1990.


Member of the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Prof TarrachRolf Tarrach is Rector of the University of Luxemburg and President of the Academic Cooperation Association.  Dr Tarrach is professor of theoretical physics, and has served in that capacity at the universities of Valencia and Barcelona as well as the University of Saint Petersburg.  Many organisations have taken advantage of his breadth of knowledge and his command of languages.  He is a former president of the Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC), and a former member of the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB), European Heads of Research Councils (EUROHORCS), EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2004).  He regularly consults for the European Commission and is currently on the European University Association (EUA) Council.


Observer to the genSET gender in science Science Leaders panel Dr CampbellPhilip Campbell (observer) is the Editor-in-Chief of Nature and Nature Publications, based in London. He has a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Bristol, and earned an MSc in Astrophysics at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. Dr Campbell also possesses a PhD and postdoctoral fellowship in Upper Atmospheric Physics from University of Leicester. His areas of responsibility at Nature include editorial content and management of Nature and the long-term quality of all Nature Publications. He is also a trustee of Cancer Research UK.



genSET Gender Experts

Teresa Rees is Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at Cardiff University and a Professor in the School of Social Sciences. She is an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and was awarded a CBE for services to equal opportunities and higher education. She is a Fellow of the Sunningdale Institute and a member of the BBC's Audience Council Wales. She is particularly interested in gender mainstreaming and analysing how policies and practices can, inadvertently, reproduce patterns of inequality. Teresa has worked with a range of bodies and governments in Europe and elsewhere to apply a gender mainstreaming approach to the development of governance, education, training and labour market policies, regional economic development, the 'knowledge economy' and social exclusion. She has also worked as an expert advisor to the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission and was rapporteur for a series of international groups commissioned by the EC to inform policies on women in science, engineering and technology. She is currently working on a European Commission funded project on knowledge economies. She chaired two independent investigations on higher education funding for the Education and Lifelong Learning Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government (the 'Rees Reviews').

Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University and Director of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Over the past twenty years, Schiebinger's work has been devoted to teasing apart three analytically distinct but interlocking pieces of the gender and science puzzle: the history of women's participation in science; the structure of scientific institutions; and the gendering of human knowledge. Her current work explores "Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, and Engineering". Gendered Innovations research and develop state-of-the-art gender methods for basic and applied research. Gender analysis - when turned to science, medicine, and engineering - can spark creativity by opening new perspectives, new questions, and new missions for future research. Her new volume is Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford University Press, 2008). And recently, her study on housework as an academic issue was profiled on ABC News. Londa Schiebinger has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She has also served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin, the Jantine Tammes Chair in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Groningen, a guest professor at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, and the Maria Goeppert-Meyer Distinguished Visitor, Oldenburg University. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation, Fulbright-Hays Commission, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. She is the author of four major books, six edited volumes, two major reports, and 60 academic articles. Her work has been translated into over 13 languages.

Alison E. Woodward (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Research Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and co-director of RHEA, the Center for Gender Studies and Diversity Research. Since 2007 she has been a Senior Associate of the Institute for European Studies. Her research interests are in the field of comparative European Union public policy and organisation, especially in the areas of civil society transnational mobilisation, gender, migration, and equality. As professor or senior researcher she has been affiliated with the Universities of Uppsala, Antwerp and Brussels, Ruhr University, Wayne State University, Rutgers University, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Working as a policy consultant she has assisted the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the Flemish government, and is frequently relied upon for expert contributions relating to social exclusion, gender and politics. An active member of the European Consortium for Political Research section on European Union Politics, she has convened the stream on Diversity, Gender and European Integration at the biannual conferences in Bologna, Istanbul and Riga. She is the Belgian coordinator for the Research Network Gender and the State funded by the European Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation, Belgian representative in the COST A-34 network on European Gender and Well-Being, and in the ATHENA EU Training and Education 3B network on gender and public policies. She was a scientific coordinator of the COST Action Conference European Social Movements and Well-Being at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam in March 2009.

Judith Glover is Professor of Employment Studies in Roehampton University Business School and has research interests in women's employment, with particular reference to women and scientific employment. She is included in the European Commission list of experts on specific science and technology policy issues and her work has been funded by the ESRC and the European Commission. She has worked with the European Commission’s Research Directorate General on the production of She Figures and was a member of the ETAN/STRATA Expert Group on the situation of women scientists in Central & Eastern Europe and the Baltic States. She is on the editorial committee of the journal Equal Opportunities International and the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology. Recent research includes a research project for Equalitec, funded by the European Social Fund and the Department for Trade and Industry on the practices of organisations that are recruiting women in Information Technology, Electronics and Communications.  She is author of Women and Scientific Employment (Macmillan, 2000) and co-author (with Gill Kirton) of Women, Employment and Organisations (Routledge, 2006).

Alexandra Bitusikova graduated in social anthropology and received PhD from Comenius University in Bratislava. Since 1991 she has been working at the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies of Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica as a researcher and in 1993 – 2000 as the director of the institute. In 2001 – 2002 she worked in the European Commission, DG Research, in Brussels as a national expert. In 2003 she joined the European University Association as a programme manager, now she works there as an external senior expert. Her research projects include the EU funded projects: “Enlargement, Gender, Governance: Civic and Political Participation of Women in the EU Candidate Countries” (FP5), “Sustainable Development in a Diverse World” (FP6 Network of Excellence), and Gender Debate in the European Research Area (FP7). She was member of the expert group of the European Commission WIRDEM (Women in Research Decision Making).  She is author of a number of publications on urban anthropology, gender, post-socialist social and cultural change in Central Europe, identities, minorities and diversity.

Suzanne de Cheveigne is Director of Research at SHADYC (Sociology, Anthropology, and History of Cultural Dynamics) in Marseille (France).  She is also an active researcher in the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) under the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS).  She is fundamentally interested in the relations between science, technology, media and society.  Her current research focuses on media coverage of the public debates on social implications of biotechnology.

Linda Rustad is Senior Advisor to the Committee for Gender Balance in Research in Norway. The committee is appointed by the Ministry of Education and Research. Dr Rustad is a philosopher with a special interest theory of science, research policy and gender. She has taught several university courses on these topics and has written several articles in about science and gender. She is now employed by the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions were she is works with policy makers in order to improve gender balance in the research sector. She has also edited a handbook for research leaders.

Magdalena Skipper is the Senior Editor of Biology at Nature magazine.  She has a BSc Hons in Genetics from the University of Nottingham, and gained her PhD, MRC LMB, at the University of Cambridge. Dr Skipper also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. At Nature, her areas of responsibility include: genetics, genomics, gene therapy, biotechnology, molecular evolution.