PLOTINA FINAL CONFERENCE (27th-28th of January 2020, Bologna, Italy)

The European Commission has acknowledged gender equality as a priority since the late 1990s and, to this end, the implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) across Europe has become a key strategy to realize EU gender mainstreaming policies in Academia and Research Performing Organizations (RPOs).

Consistently with this goal, the H2020 “PLOTINA” Consortium has designed and implemented self-tailored GEPs in its RPOs pursuing the following long-term objectives:

  • Preventing the waste of talent related to the drop-out of female researchers, namely in the STEM fields of study, through ad-hoc recruitment, retention and career progression, as well as work-personal life integration policies
  • Encouraging the increase of the number of women in governing bodies
  • Promoting the integration of the sex variable and the gender dimension in research to achieve high quality scientific knowledge
  • Promoting the inclusion of the sex variable and the gender dimension in teaching programmes and curricula design
  • Designing indicators and tools to measure gender equality within organizations

The international conference “ReGendering Science. For an inclusive research environment” (Bologna, 27th-28th of January 2020) aimed at presenting the project outcomes and at discussing with academics, RPOs key actors and invited speakers about gender equality in research and in RPOs. The event provided a unique venue to share experiences, case-studies and best practices in the following domains (click on them for further information):

Visit the call for contributions page for further information about the domains discussed


9.00–13.30 Plenary session

Aula Magna, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 44-46

9.00–9.15 Registration and welcome

9.15– 9.45 Institutional Greetings

Giovanni Molari (Director of the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy)

Chiara Elefante (Vice Rector for Human Resources, University of Bologna, Italy)

Alice Corradi (Head of the Personnel Division, University of Bologna, Italy)

9.45–10.00 Introduction to the Conference. Framework of the event and agenda presentation

Tullia Gallina Toschi (PLOTINA Coordinator, University of Bologna)

10.00–11.00 Keynote speech: Gender, Research, Europe: New Perspectives for Collaborative Work

Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

11.00–11.15 Coffee Break

11.15–11.45 H2020 – Gender in the SwafS programme: achievements and best practices

Federica Roffi (Deputy Head of Unit – Spreading excellence & widening participation; Science with and for Society, Research Executive Area)

11.45–12.15 Gender in Horizon Europe

Mina Stareva (Head of Sector- Gender, DG Research and Innovation at European Commission)

12.15–12.45 PLOTINA Project: an overview

Tullia Gallina Toschi (PLOTINA Coordinator, University of Bologna, Italy)

12.45–13.15 PLOTINA as a navigator for gender equality. The Formative Toolkit and the Gender Audit

Maria Mantini Satta (Centro Studi Progetto Donna & Diversity Management, Italy)

Beatriz Arrizabalaga (Elhuyar, Spain)

13.15–13.30 Q&A Session

13.30–14.30 Lunch break

14.30-18:30 Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session 1 Structural and Cultural Change: Gender Equality Plans And Efforts

Aula Magna, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 44-46

Chairs: Tullia Gallina Toschi and Charikleia Tzanakou


Tullia Gallina Toschi (University of Bologna, Italy) &Charikleia Tzanakou (Warwick University/ Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom), Introduction to the session

Maria Nadia Postorino (University of Bologna, Italy), Enhancing gender equality in STEM research Institutions: some experiences across Europe

Charikleia Tzanakou (Warwick University/ Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom), Kate Clayton-Hathway & Anne Laure Humbert (Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom), GEARING-Roles: OBU experience with co-creative techniques in participatory gender audits

Eileen Drew (Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership, University of Dublin, Ireland), SAGE: Meeting the Challenges and Providing the Winning Strategies for Structural Change in RPOs

Ilaria Di Tullio (National Research Council-CNR, Italy), Pilot experiences in implementing GEPs: the R&I PEERS project

Donia Lasinger & Elisabeth Nagl (Vienna Science and Technology Fund-WWTF, Austria), Best practice mapping for RFOs

Manex Urruzola (Elhuyar, Spain), Dissemination of PLOTINA and its Gender Equality Plans

16.20–16.45 Coffee break


Cristina Solera (University of Turin/ Collegio San Carlo, Italy), Massimiliano Coda Zabetta (University of Bordeaux) & Aldo Geuna (University of Turin), Gender Bias in Academic Promotions in Italy after the Berlinguer’s and Gelmini’s reforms

Jennifer Dahmen-Adkins & Astrid Schulz (Institute of Sociology, RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Violence – a Neglected Topic in GEP Implementation Projects

Paolo Mora (Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute/University of Bologna, Italy), Chiara Cretella (University of Bologna, Italy), Daniela Di Nicolantonio (Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, Italy), Sabrina Colombari (Local Health Authority, Bologna, Italy) & Luisa Capasso (Sant’Orsola University Hospital, Italy), Preventing and contrasting harassment and gender discrimination at work (POSTER)

Colleen Cuddy (Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA/Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA), Gender Bias Training in Academic STEMM

Linda Serra (Work Wide Women, Italy), Diversity@Work Videogame

Susi Poli (UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom), Do women feel to be fully entitled as leaders in higher education or do they still feel to be the Others in the sector?

Brankica Todorovic (School of Economics Uzice, Serbia), Sources of power in the modern economy as incentives to reduce gender inequality

Parallel session 2 The inclusion of the sex/gender variables in research: “Mainstreaming diversities in agro-food research”

Aula Guarnieri, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 44

Chairs: Sara Spinelli and Matteo Vittuari


Sara Spinelli (University of Florence, Italy) & Matteo Vittuari (University of Bologna, Italy), Introduction to the session

Sara Spinelli (University of Florence, Italy) & Tullia Gallina Toschi (University of Bologna, Italy), Gender differences in food preferences and perception

Matteo Masotti (University of Bologna, Italy), Nataljia Bogdanov (University of Belgrade), Francesca Di Stradis & Matteo Vittuari (University of Bologna, Italy), Competing goals in food preferences: a comparative analysis of student’s choices in Bologna and Belgrade

Maria Lisa Clodoveo (University of Bari, Italy), The emerging discipline of precision cooking: a suitable tool for the precision nutrition

Matilde Tura, Sara Barbieri, Stefano Lugli, Brunella Morandi, Stefano Tartarini, Lorenzo Bergonzoni & Tullia Gallina Toschi (University of Bologna, Italy), Gender variable in liking on three different new varieties of cherries. Is it applicable?

Julia Sick, Sara Spinelli, Caterina Dinnella & Erminio Monteleone (University of Florence), Gender differences in preadolescent’s selection of emojis to express emotions elicited by foods

16.20–16.45 Coffee break


Vladimiro Cardenia (University of Turin, Italy), Alessia Casella, Maria Teresa Rodriguez-Estrada & Tullia Gallina Toschi (University of Bologna, Italy), Identification of new possible lipid biomarkers for beef meat authenticity as related to the sex of animal

Edoardo Desiderio, Fabio De Menna & Matteo Vittuari (University of Bologna, Italy), A systematic literature review of social life cycle assessment tools applied to agriculture and food

Lyudmyla Symochko (Uzhhorod National University, Ukraine), Diversity in research on Food security and risks assessment for human health in Ukraine

Laura Garcia-Herrero, Laura Patricia Brenes-Peralta & Matteo Vittuari (University of Bologna, Italy), Holistic methodological framework for the assessment of non-conventional water resources

Dario Mercatante, Tullia Gallina Toschi & Maria Teresa Rodriguez-Estrada (University of Bologna, Italy), Inclusion of the sex/gender variables in sensory analysis of meat products: state-of-art (POSTER)

Parallel session 2 The inclusion of the sex/gender variables in research: “Gender and (mental) health”

Aula 2, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 46

Chairs: Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess & Ilaria Tarricone


Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess (Department of general psychiatry and psychotherapy, KRH Psychiatry Wunstorf, Germany) & Ilaria Tarricone (University of Bologna, Italy), Introduction to the session

Sarah Tosato (University of Verona, Italy), Gender differences in severe mental disorders

Giuseppina La Face (University of Bologna, Italy), Women in music: the case of the Italian Opera

Annagiulia Gramenzi (University of Bologna, Italy), Women in the history of health

Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess (Department of general psychiatry and psychotherapy, KRH Psychiatry Wunstorf, Germany) & Vanessa Rößner-Ruff (Wahrendorff Clinic, Germany), “Gender-specific” depression? Results of a study to Gender-specific expressions of depressive symptoms and effect of individual-related factors

Anna Rita Atti, Diana De Ronchi, Speciani M. (University of Bologna, Italy) & Fabio Panariello (Local Health Authority of Bologna, Italy), Help seeking for Mental Health in a gendered-based perspective

Parallel Session 3 The inclusion of the sex/gender variables and of gender equality issues in teaching curricula

Aula 7, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 46

Chairs: Francesca Crivellaro & Elena Luppi


Francesca Crivellaro & Elena Luppi (University of Bologna, Italy), Introduction to the session

Vincenzo Bochicchio, Manuela Stranges (University of Calabria, Italy) & Crıstıano Scandurra (University of Naples Fedreico II), Pathways and effects of gender pressure on academic/vocational choices: The role of schools and educational settings

Monica Parri (University of Bologna, Italy), Best Practice in Physical Education for gender equity

Gaia Peruzzi, Vittoria Bernardini & Raffaele Lombardi (La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Narrating gender cultures, creating social change. The sociological experience of the experimental workshop Genere, cultura, società of Sapienza University of Rome

Claudia Paganoni, Popular Education and Feminism in the Bachilleratos Populares of Buenos Aires

Anna Isaksson, John Lindgren & Pernilla Nilsson (Halmstad University, Sweden), G-CoRe: A pedagogical tool for gender mainstreaming in higher education

9.30–13.20 Parallel sessions

Parallel session 2 The inclusion of the sex/gender variables in research: “Gender in social sciences and humanities”

Aula Guarnieri, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 44

Chairs: Angela Balzano & Rita Monticelli


Rita Monticelli (University of Bologna, Italy), Introduction to the session

Angela Balzano (University of Bologna, Italy), Posthumanism or transhumanism? Gender and science as marker of divergence

Chloé Locatelli (King’s College London, United Kingdom), Theorising “Artificial” Femininities in Sex-Tech: Previous Postulations and Future Directions

Elisa Bosisio (University of Milan, Italy), Gender-Based and Queer Contributions in Rethinking HIV. A Political Challenge through Immunology, Public Health and Feminist Science Fiction

Sara Puccinelli (University of Pisa, Italy), Behind the Call for an International Commercial Surrogacy Ban: the Indian case

Chiara Xausa (University of Bologna, Italy), Integrating an intersectional climate justice perspective in the mainstream Anthropocene discourse through the climate change novel

11.20–11.30 Coffee break


Marta Panighel & Marta D’ambrosio (University of Genoa), Intersectionality as a Useful Perspective in Social Sciences Analysis. The Italian Feminist Case

Debora A. Sarnelli (University of Salerno, Italy), Gender and displacement in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea

Judith Crews, Forced gender and social roles in the reading of mythos – and learning to re-read ambiguity

Maria Rosaria Pellizzari (University of Salerno, Italy), The history of Italian women between conciliation of times and welfare policies: from the Second World War to the present

Stefania Lorenzini (University of Bologna, Italy), Brief history of an institutionalized discrimination: women’s football in Italy between exclusions words of hatred and new achievements

Emma Capulli (University of Insubria, Italy), Surrogacy in Latin America (POSTER)

Parallel session 2 The inclusion of the sex/gender variables in research: “Economics, Business and Finance”

Aula 2, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 46

Chairs: Daniela Bolzani & Elsa Fontainha


Daniela Bolzani (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) & Elsa Fontainha (Lisbon School of Economics & Management-Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Introduction to the session

Barbara Engels (German Economic Institute, Germany), Why aren’t there more women in start-ups? – An empirical analysis among teenagers

Marco Corsino, Francesco Barbini, Paola Giuri & Laura Toschi (University of Bologna, Italy), Job positions in entrepreneurial founding teams. The role of gender

Vincenzo Buttice & Cristina Rossi-Lamastra (Politecnico di Milano School of Management, Italy), Gender and crowdfunding: How role congruity affect the attraction of local and distant backers

Daniela Bolzani (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy), Francesca Crivellaro & Rosa Grimaldi (University of Bologna, Italy), Leaving the floor to the ‘invisibles’. Barriers and resources for highly-skilled migrant women with a STEM background in Italy

11.20–11.30 Coffee break


Romi Hartarto (Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom), Women’s Bargaining Power and Children’s Nutritional Status: Evidence from Indonesia

Antonia Patrizia Iannuzzi (University of Bari, Italy) & Giuliana Birindelli (University of Chieti-Pescara “G. D’annunzio”), Gender diversity in banks: Evidence from a new framework of analysis

Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, Raffaele Mancuso (Politecnico di Milano School of Management, Italy) & Paola Rovelli (Free University of Bozen), The Consequences of Gender Stereotypes on Women Operating In Business Contexts

Elsa Fontainha (Lisbon School of Economics & Management- Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Research in Economics, Business and Finance and Gender: a Bibliometric Analysis

Nevila Mehmetaj (University of Shkodra Luigj Gurakuqi, Albania), The Decision- Making Power of Women. Case Study Municipalities Women Councilors, North Albania (POSTER)

Parallel session 2 The inclusion of the sex/gender variables in research: Gender-inclusive material sciences and engineering”

Aula 3, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 44

Chairs: Ilaria Braschi & Marta Klanjšek Gunde


Ilaria Braschi (University of Bologna) & Marta Klanjšek Gunde (National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia), Introduction to the session

Lena Trojer (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlshamn, Sweden), Feminist Technoscience – trying transformations

Geo Paul, Enrico Boccaleri, Leonardo Marchese (University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy) & Ilaria Braschi (University of Bologna, Italy), On the pursuit of gender balance in European cement industries: A bibliometric study using Scopus database

Giulia Masi, Stefania Manzi & Maria Chiara Bignozzi (University of Bologna, Italy), Gender balance in alkali activated materials/geopolymers research

Edmond Hoxa (Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania), Gender equality in engineering scientific research and academic life. Case study

Nada Kraševec (National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia), Fungal infections and Sex/Gender of fungi, hosts and researchers

11.20–11.30 Coffee break


Kaja Rems & Uroš Novak (National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia), Influence of gender on behaviour change and product acceptance in the upcoming zero-waste economy

Raffaella Ferraioli, Paola Scarfato & Loredana Incarnato (University of Salerno), Gender perspective in the plastic recycling field

Giorgio Gatti, Federico Begni, Chiara Bisio, Geo Paul & Leonardo Marchese (University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy), On the Toluene adsorption on hyper cross-linked polymers (POSTER)

Giorgio Gatti, Maurizio Cossi, Leonardo Marchese, Lorenzo Tei (University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy), Enzo Mangano & Stefano Brandani (University of Edimburgh, United Kingdom), A porous Carbon from recycled Polystyrene for CO2 adsorption and sequestration (POSTER)


Parallel session 2 The inclusion of the sex/gender variables in research

Design and Engineering”

Aula 3, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 44

Chairs: Alessandra Bonoli & Arantxa Gonzalez De Heredia Lopez De Sabando


Alessandra Bonoli (University of Bologna, Italy) & Arantxa Gonzalez De Heredia Lopez De Sabando (Mondragon University), Introduction to the session

Brigitte Ratzer (Office for Gendercompetence -TU Wien, Austria), Designing Robots – Changing Gender Stereotypes, Challenging Norms

Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, Andrea Ciaramella, Alessandra Migliore, Chiara Tagliaro (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Workplace management and gender: a literature review and a research agenda

Alessandra Bonoli (University of Bologna, Italy), Gender perspective in Environmental Sustainability and Urban Resilience

Parallel session 4 Measuring gender equality in organisations: indicators and monitoring tools

Aula 7, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 46

Chairs: Benedetta Siboni, Klaus Schuch, Maria Schwarz-Woelzl & Giovanna Galizzi


Benedetta Siboni (University of Bologna), Klaus Schuch (Centre for Social Innovation, Austria), Maria Schwarz-Woelzl (PLOTINA Advisory Board), Giovanna Galizzi (University of Bergamo), Introduction to the session

Barbara Vodopivec (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia), Exploring Women Representation in Civil Engineering Teaching and Research in Slovenia. A Historical Perspective

Maria Gabriella Baldarelli (University of Bologna, Italy), Accounting potential and gender research drivers: challenges in Italy (POSTER)

Mara Del Baldo (University of Urbino, Italy), Editorial leadership of academic journals: a question of gender imbalance?

Rosy Musumeci (University of Turin, Italy), Gender and Scientific Careers in the Italian Academia: the Case of the University of Turin between Progresses, Persistences and Emerging Criticalities

11.20–11.30 Coffee break


Rita Bencivenga (Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland), Towards a European GEP System (EGEPS): a strategy to measure and promote gender equality

Chiara Oppi, Caterina Cavicchi & Emidia Vagnoni (University of Ferrara), A journey toward the gender report: lessons learnt

Silvana Badaloni & Lorenza Perini (University of Padova, Italy), Measuring the power of women in academia through gender equality indicators

Nela Šalamon (Centre for Social Innovation in Vienna, Austria), Virtues and deficiencies of positivist elements in the evaluation of GEPs


13.20–14.15 Lunch break

14.15–17.30 Plenary session

Aula Magna, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 44-46

14.15–14.30 Institutional greetings

Antonino Rotolo (Vice Rector for Research, University of Bologna, Italy)

14.30–15.00 PLOTINA as a navigator for gender equality. From Gender Equality Plans to The Library of Actions

Alison Rodger (University of Warwick /Macquarie University, Australia)

Charikleia Tzanakou (University of Warwick/Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom), Christina Efthymiadou (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)

15.00– 15.30 PLOTINA as a navigator for gender equality. Indicators and Visualization Tool for monitoring the change process

Nela Šalamon (Centre for Social Innovation, Austria)

15:30– 16.00 Guidelines For Gender Reports In Universities

Nadia Pisanti (University of Pisa, Italy)

16.00–16.15 Coffee Break

16.15–17.15 Beyond PLOTINA: What to do next? Roundtable with the members of the PLOTINA Advisory Board

Alexandra Bitusikova (Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia)

Rosa Amorevole (President of the Santo Stefano District, Municipality of Bologna, Italy)

Anna Isaksson (WITEC SE and Halmstad University, Sweden)

17.15–17.30 Conference conclusion

Tullia Gallina Toschi (PLOTINA Coordinator, Università Di Bologna)


The conference was hosted by the University of Bologna (Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, viale Fanin 44-46, Bologna, Italy).



Università di Bologna, Italy
H2020 PLOTINA Project Coordinator


Università di Bologna, Italy


Lisbon School of Economics&Management-Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


Università di Bologna, Italy


Macquarie University, Australia


Università di Firenze, Italy


Università di Bologna, Italy


Özyeğin Üniversitesi, Turkey


Università di Bologna, Italy


Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy


Kemijski Institut, Slovenia


H2020 PLOTINA Advisory Board Member


Università di Bologna, Italy


Università di Bologna, Italy


Università di Bologna, Italy


Università di Bologna, Italy


Mondragon Unibertsitatea, Spain


Università di Bologna, Italy


Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, Austria


Università di Verona, Italy


Università Cattolica, Italy


Università di Bologna, Italy


Department for General Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Wunstorf Clinic, Hannover Region Clinics, Germany


Università di Bologna, Italy


Università di Bologna, Italy


University of Warwick, United Kingdom


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