International conference

Gender equality in CEE countries: Policies and practices 2020

Institutional change through implementation of GEPs at the RPOs and RFOs
in the CEE countries


Plenary talk

Ewa Krzaklewska, PhD – assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Her scholarly interests revolve around gender and family, gender equality, youth studies, mobility, as well as research methods. She is a local coordinator in the H2020 project ACT and a researcher in Men in care project (EaSI Progamme, EU).  She was a researcher in projects concerning gender equality, including H2020 project GENERA,  Gender Equality and Quality of life (Norway Grants) and Equal Treatment as a Standard of Good Governance.

Paulina Sekuła, PhD – assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Her research interests include gender equality in research and academia and public policy. Since 2018 she has been a researcher in the H2020 project ACT and a facilitator of the GEinCEE CoP. She was a local coordinator and a researcher in the H2020 project GENERA.

Marta Warat, PhD, – assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Her main academic interests involve gender in European societies, gender equality policies, inequalities, citizenship and democracy. Since 2018 she has been a researcher in the H2020 project ACT, H2020 EU3D: EU Differentiation  Dominance and Democacy and local coordinator in Men in Care project (EaSI Programme, EU). Previously she was engaged as researcher in projects concerning gender equality, including Gender Equality and Quality of life (Norway Grants), Equal Treatment as a Standard of Good Governance.

Round tables presenters and discussants

Ana Belén Amil

Ana Belén Amil is the Gender Equality Officer at Central European University (Vienna/Budapest) for the EU-funded project SUPERA (Supporting the Promotion of Equality in Research and Academia). She is responsible for the design, implementation and monitoring of CEU’s first Gender Equality Plan (2019-2022), which aims at diagnosing and correcting gender imbalances in the institution across all constituencies and hierarchical levels. She is also involved in another EU-funded project, GE Academy, that develops and implements a high-quality capacity-building programme on gender equality in research, innovation and higher education. Ana is trained as a clinical psychologist (University of Buenos Aires) and holds an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Women and Gender Studies (Central European University & University of Oviedo).

Đorđe Baralić

Đorđe Baralić, PhD is Research Associate Professor at the Mathematical Institute SANU in Belgrade, Serbia. He obtained his PhD in mathematics in 2013, and his research interests are algebraic topology, combinatorics, geometry and computational topology. In his academic career he participated in over 50 congresses, conferences, summer schools, seminars and workshops in over 35 countries around the world. He is active in science communication and promotion of mathematics in Serbia and other Balkan countries and one of the main coordinators for the May Month of Mathematics During 2018-2019 he was a member of MI SANU team in the project Nucleus  of Horizon 2020 on responsible research and innovation and was a panelist Global Panel – Institutional Change in Research Organisations Across the World held during conference Pathways to Transformations.  From 2020 he is a member of MI SANU GEP working group and MI SANU team in HORIZON 2020 project LeTSGEPs,

Sanja Bojanić

Sanja Bojanić is a researcher immersed in philosophy of culture; media and queer studies, with an overarching commitment to comprehend contemporary forms of gender, racial and class practices, which underpin social and affective inequalities specifically increased in the contemporary societal and political contexts. She firstly studied philosophy and tailored her interests at the University of Paris 8, where she obtained an M.A. in Hypermedia Studies at the Department of Science and Technology of Information, and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Centre d’Etudes féminines et d’etude de genre, a processes that ultimately led to interdisciplinary research based on experimental artistic practices, queer studies, and particularities of Affect Theory. Her research and scientific work are fostered through various projects funded by EU Commission and private foundations. Author and editor of several books and manuals, she published over thirty peer-reviewed papers on topics related to her field of expertise.

Zofia Bryniarska

Zofia Bryniarska

Zofia Bryniarska, PhD, Assistant Professor on transport engineering at Cracow University of Technology, Civil Engineering Faculty, Transport Systems Chair. Her international research activities concentrate on the following topics: modelling and analysis of transport processes, research on road and rail transport passengers’ satisfaction and preferences, analysis of the level of urban and agglomeration transport quality features, regulations and liberalization of road and railway transport in Poland, identification of the volume, dynamic and performance of urban transport, measures, factors and coefficients describing volume and level of urban and road transport services. She is an author of over 90 research publications in academic and professional journals and conference proceedings. She has been involved in the works of the Polish WU team of the COST Action TU1002 and TU1305.

In addition to her research and teaching activities, she participates in the municipal projects concerning research and development of transport in cities and regions. She is also actively participating in social life of scientific and technical organization. She has been a member of the Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians of Transportation since 1981.

Rositsa Doneva

Rositsa Doneva, PhD Professor at PU “Paisii Hilendarski”. Prof. Doneva is the author of over 160 publications in the field of Intelligent Systems, Conceptual Modelling, Quality Assurance (of HE, e-Learning, Projects, etc.), OOP, e-Learning, m-Learning, Learning Analytics, GE Analytics, etc. with over 430 citations.

Jana Dvořáčková

Jana Dvořáčková, PhD, is a sociologist, she specializes in gender equality issues in research and higher education and working environment in academia. She is a gender expert in the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, where she is responsible for the implementation of the structural change project GEECCO. She is also an assistant professor at the Gender Studies Programme at Charles University and a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. 

Silvia Gaftandzhieva

Silvia Gaftandzhieva, PhD – Assistant Professor at PU “Paisii Hilendarski”. She is an author of 50 publications in the field of Quality Assurance (of HE, e-Learning, Projects, etc.), e-Learning, m-Learning, Learning Analytics, GE Analytics, etc. with over 100 citations.

Florian Holzinger

Florian Holzinger studied Political Science, Philosophy and Contemporary History at Vienna University. He has two children aged 10 and 7 and was on paternity leave for 6 months for both of them. The focus of his research is currently on gender equality in science, technology and innovation – especially on issues of structural/organizational change. He has evaluated the implementation of gender equality plans in the projects GARCIA and GENERA and currently in SPEAR. Furthermore, he is also involved in the GRANteD project which investigates gender bias in research grant awarding procedures and its consequences on research careers as well as in CASPER, a feasibility study for a European award/certification system for gender equality for research performing organizations.

Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka
Magdalena Żadkowska

Dr. hab. Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka has a PhD in Psychology and works as an Associate Professor in the Division of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Psychology of Gender at the University of Gdańsk (Poland). Her main area of practice and research is diversity and work-life balance within the area cross-cultural psychology and her special interests are mechanisms of bias, social change and organizational cues fostering social capital and diversity within organizations and societies across the world.  She lectures at Polish universities but also abroad (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge; University of Brunel, Uxbridge, London; Universidad de Granada; Spain; Delhi University, India, University of Geneve, Switzerland). She also has an expertise on diversity management in organizations. She is an organizational trainer and consultant working with multicultural groups. She gained her expertise working for e.g. ABB, BPH, BRE Leasing, BRE BANK, Det Norske Veritas, Deloitte, DR IRENA ERIS, Energa, European Solidarity Center, Farm Frites, Fundacja Gospodarcza, Gdańska Fundacja Przedsiębiorczości, GFKM, HBSC, Intel, Loreal, LOTOS, LPP, MPK Łódź, NSZZ Solidarność, Polkomtel SA, Remontowa Shipbuilding, Schenker, Thomson Reuters, Ulstein, Wojewódzki Urząd Pracy. She authors many training programs related to diversity and inclusion, work-life balance, negotiations, diverse teams management, teambuilding, effective communication, conflict resolution in multicultural settings.  She also works as mediator and coach. She was trainer and consultant within W&M project – a Woman and a Man – leaders of Pomeranian Enterprises, which was the winner of European Social Fund Good Practice Award for 2011 – Equal Opportunities in field of Gender. She has also a leading role of Principal Investigator in two international consortiums PAR Migration Navigator coordinating research project entitled Socio-Cultural and Psychological Predictors of Work-Life Balance And Gender Equality: Cross-Cultural Comparison of Polish And Norwegian Families, funded by Norway Grants in the Polish-Norwegian Research Program, where with her team she analyzes profits of gender equality for men and women and Towards Gender Harmony (, where she coordinates work of over 200 collaborators in 62 countries. The project focuses on contemporary understanding of gender roles and gender equality. As diversity expert she also co-authored the Integrative Model for Migrants for City of Gdańsk. She is media expert for Gazeta Wyborcza, Dziennik Bałtycki, Newsweek, Radio Gdańsk, Polish Radio Trójka.
In 2017 Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka’s research and scientific accomplishments have been acknowledged “as of unique value for social innovations, forward thinking in building diversity within business” by the jury of the Success Written with a Lipstick – competition awarding Polish women for their merits in building innovative environment in different areas of business.

Dr. Magdalena Żadkowska is researcher and expert on gender relations, work-life-balance & responsible research and science. Magdalena Żadkowska, PhD, coach, assistant professor of sociology at University of Gdańsk, Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism; involved in cooperation with Gdansk Foundation for Management Development, European Solidarity Center, University of Stavanger, University IV of Paris, Lab of Social Innovation. Expert for Module of Integration of Migrants at the Municipality Council of Gdansk. Since 2018, M. Żadkowska was the leader for qualitative studies about Masculinity in several projects. I.e., Toward Gender Harmony – Understanding the Relationship between Masculinity Threat and Gender Equality Across Cultures. Gender equality in STARBIOS2 Structural Transformation to Attain Responsible BIOSciences (G.A. n. 709517) (Horizon 2020), from 2016, Structural Transformation to Attain, in collaboration with Università degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Oxford University – Medical Sciences Division,  Agrobioinstitute from Sofia, Univerza na Primorskem-Università del Litorale, Universität Bremen and Aarhus Universitet. The workshop method on Diversity Management regarding Gender in STEM was designed and implemented in IFB at University of Gdansk becoming the part of student curriculum at all levels of education and also tested at the University of Bremen and University of Lviv.
Expert in gender relations and status quo for: (1) Community of Practice (On the Way to Gender Equality – Community of Practice for Gender Equality in Central and Eastern Europe) of ActProject under grant agreement No 788 204 (introducing Mamorandumof Understanding for establishing Communities of PrACTice for advancing gender equality in RPOs and RFOs across Europefor at UG), (2) Gender Academy European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824585, (3) National Researcher for  Gender-Sensitive Parliaments – EU 28 assessment. In WLB_GE „Socio-cultural and Psychological Predictors of Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality- Cross-Cultural Comparison of Polish and Norwegian Families” (Grant number:Pol-Nor/202343/62/2013), 2013 – 2016, WP1 leader – qualitative study (joint and individual in-depth interviews among 50 couples), in collaboration with Center of Intercultural Communication; International Research Institute in Stavnger and University of Stavanger. In So are you staying at home? Ethnographic study of telecommuting focused on analyzing the impact of telecommuting on private space and the development of work-life balance practices of everyday life in contemporary Polish home. 2014 – 2017, Coordinator and researcher within Pomeranian Work Package Project founded by NCN (Polish National Science Center, conducted by Jacek Gądecki, phd, AGH Kraków). 2013 – Author and expert of Program and organizational recommendations for personal consulting for women and their partners and Innovative program and organizational recommendations for adaptation training system (model for adaptation to work) in „PI – Innowacyjny model godzenia przez kobiety życia zawodowego i rodzinnego”eng. PI – Innovative model of Work Life Balance for Women financed by European Social Found POKL.08.01.01-14-004/12.

Marcel Kraus

Marcel Kraus, MSc. is a R&I funding schemes designer and evaluator at the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR). His work focuses on the innovative potential of social sciences, humanities and arts and on gender equality in research and innovation. Prior to joining TA CR in 2013 Marcel spent five years at the Fraunhofer Institute for International Management and Knowledge Economy in Leipzig in the area of innovative transfer systems. Since 2015, Marcel supports career development and gender equality in the junior R&I funding scheme entitled ZÉTA. He is engaged in the H2020 project GEECCO focusing on the role of Research Funding Organisation in addressing gender equality in academia and gender dimension in the content of R&I. He is also a member of the External Advisory Committee of the H2020’s Gender-SMART project.

Andrea Krizsan

Andrea Krizsan

Andrea Krizsan is a Research Fellow at the Democracy Institute and Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and the Gender Studies Department of the Central European University. She also acts as the Chair of the CEU Senate Equal Opportunity Committee and leads the CEU team of the SUPERA Project – Supporting the Promotion of Equality in Research and Academia and the Gender Academy Projects. In her research she is interested in understanding policy change in countries of Central and Eastern Europe. She works on different equality policy fields including gender equality policy, policies on gender-based violence, policies addressing ethnic inequalities and intersectionality. Her current research aims to analyze the politics of policy backsliding in times of crisis and illiberal democracy and forms of feminist resistance to such reversal. She is the recipient of the inaugural Emma Goldman Award for her substantial contributions to the study of feminist and inequality issues in Europe. Her most recent book with C.M. Roggeband analyzed domestic violence policy reforms in five Central and Eastern European countries (Routledge, 2018). Her publications include articles in Politics and Governance, European Journal of Politics and Gender, Violence against Women, Journal of International and Comparative Social PolicyEthnic and Racial Studies, Social Politics, and Journal for Ethnic and Minority Studies and chapters in several edited volumes. She edited a volume on women’s movements mobilizing for policy change (2015), ethnic monitoring and data collection (2001) and co-edited one with J. Squires and H. Skjeie on institutionalizing intersectionality and the changing nature of European equality regimes (2012). Andrea has a PhD in Political Science from the Central European University. 

Natalija Mažeikienė

Prof. dr. Natalija Mažeikienė has been working at the  Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University. Areas of academic expertise – gender studies, critical social work and critical pedagogy.

Rima Mickevičienė

Rima Mickevičienė, PhD in Transport engineering, assoc. prof. of Marine Engineering Department of Klaipeda University (KU), dean of the Faculty of Marine Engineering and Natural Sciences, member of the Faculty Board, KU Senate,  Management Board member of the European University Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability. Key field of research: energy efficiency of ships, development of eco-innovative shipbuilding and ship repair technologies, increasing competitiveness of maritime industry.  International R&DI experience in six FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020 and 3 regional projects as well as in 5 LLL projects.

Participating in the H2020 project Baltic Consortium on Promoting Gender Equality in Marine Research Organizations (Baltic Gender), together with partners, she has been working on reducing gender segregation and gender inequalities in Marine Science and Technology, building strategies on gender-focussed mentoring and networking schemes, family-friendly policies, and recruitment and career advancement measures, as well as developing of innovative tools to address new aspects of gender dimension in Marine Science and Technology. 

Brigita Miloš

Brigita Miloš is an assistant professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Rijeka). She obtained her PhD in philology (feminist literary criticism). Afterwards, she directed her study interests towards the field of gender studies, queer and feminist theory with an emphasis on the concepts of embodiment, female literary figurations construction, literary anthropology and interdisciplinary approach to the body. Since 2016. she is the coordinator of the Centre for women’s studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka. As a researcher, she participated in several projects concerning gender issues. Co-editor of a gender studies textbook, she published over twenty articles in her field of interest.

Tanja Petrović

Tanja Petrović is Research Advisor at ZRC SAZU’s Institute of Culture and Memory Studies and full professor at the ZRC SAZU Graduate School, Ljubljana. She received her PhD from Ljubljana Postgraduate School of Humanities in 2005. She was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2010/11) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences in Wassenaar (2013/14). Her research interests lie at the intersection of linguistic, social, and cultural phenomena in socialist Yugoslavia and its successor states; in particular, she works in the fields of anthropology of post-socialism, gender studies, memory studies, masculinity, linguistic anthropology, and labor history. She was a research team member in the FP 7 project GARCIA (Gendering the Academy and Research: Combating Career Instability and Asymmetries) and is currently a national team leader of the H2020 project R&I PEERS (Pilot experiences for improving gender equality in research organisations) (2018-2022). 

Vilana Pilinkaitė Sotirovič

Dr. Vilana Pilinkaitė Sotirovič has more than ten years of experience in doing research on issues of gender+ equality, equal opportunities and social inclusion policies of ethnic minorities, migrants and refugees. She got her PhD in the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. As a research fellow at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre she has conducted number of research for European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) on equal opportunities and gender equality policies, including research on intersection of gender and other social inequalities, including migrants and refugees. Vilana presented and discussed her research findings in national and international scientific publications. As an expert and researcher, she provides recommendations for policy implementations in the field of gender equality and other fundamental human rights issues on international, national and local level.

Rūta Ruolytė-Verschoore

Dr. Rūta Ruolytė-Verschoore. Vilnius university Equal opportunities coordinator, expert in Horizon 2020 project “Supporting and Implementing Plans for Gender Equality in Academia and Research (SPEAR)”.

Helene Schiffbaenker

Helene Schiffbaenker, PhD,  joined POLICIES – Institute for Economic and Innovation Research of JOANNEUM RESEARCH in 2001 and works there as a senior researcher and deputy-head of the research group Technology, Innovation and Policy Consulting (TIP). Her current research interest is on organizational aspects hindering gender equality in research: Helene was evaluating the implementation of gender equality plans (GEPs) in the FP7 project GARCIA, within H2020 project GENERA. Another focus of her research is on gender bias in grant allocation processes. From 2014 to 2016, Helene was the Principal Investigator of the gendERC project (gendered dimensions in ERC grant selection), commissioned by the European Research Council (ERC) to identify possible causes of gender bias in ERC peer review processes. Currently she is involved into the GRANteD project which widens the scale and scope of the gendERC project and investigates the occurrence of gender bias in peer review processes and practices.

Elena Somova

Elena Somova, PhD Associate Professor at PU “Paisii Hilendarski”. She is an author of over 70 publications in the field of e-Learning, m-Learning, e-learning technologies, gamification, natural language processing, green technologies, etc.

Kristina Stojanovic Cehajic

Kristina Stojanovic Cehajic is a Research Associate at Center for Advanced Studies South East Europe and a PhD student of Philosophy and Contemporaneity of University of Rijeka, Croatia. She holds MA degree in psychology and is a psychotherapist in supervision under European Association for Transactional Analysis. Her primary focus at studies of psychology was methodology, statistics and psychometrics. She continued to develop her research expertise over 10 years of experience in the sector of market research, during which she conduced hunderds of projects, used and combined quantitative and qualitative methodology, sociological, psychological, neuro-science and anthropological methods and techniques. At the Center for Advanced Studise, she is primarily focused on the questions of validity and replicability of scientific research, as well as exploration of the benefits of methodological pluralism and interdisciplinary in achieving greater reliability of knowledge.

Virginija Sidlauskiene

Virginija Šidlauskienė

Dr. Virginija Šidlauskienė is Head of the Gender Studies and Research Group at Šiauliai University. Her research focuses on gender equality mainsreaming impact on institutional, national and European levels. She was an expert of Expert Forum of European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) (2012-2018), the expert of the Group of Specialists on Gender Equality Standards and Mechanisms at European Council, the EU expert on gender equality indicators and national gender equality policy expert.  Recently she is concentrated on enhancing of gender equality in research organizations. She was engaged in FP7 structural change project INTEGER (2011-2015) on the role of the national team leader and GEP implementing organisation manager. Currently she is an Advisory Board member of the H2020 project R&I PEERS: Pilot experiences for improving gender equality in research organisations (2018-2022). 

Lidia Zakowska

Lidia Zakowska, PhD, Professor on transport engineering at Cracow University of Technology, Civil Engineering Faculty, Transport Systems Chair. Her international research activities concentrate on the following topics: engineering for sustainable development, mobility and accessibility of transport users, equity and equality in transportation, environmental protection and climate change, safety studies in road transport, perception of safety, visualization in transportation, , senior’s mobility and life quality. She is an author of over 100 research publications. She has led numerous Research Grants and Projects, on national and international levels. Member of Editorial Board of some prominent international journals, lays also as referee of the top journals in transportation and civil engineering sector. She is a Founding member of WIE (Woman in Engineering) Standing Committee at World Federation of Engineering Associations WFEO. Active member of INWES Europe, FSNT NOT and SITK RP past President of the Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians of Transportation, SITK RP in Krakow, now Board member at Polish Federation of Engineering Organizations, Krakow NOT. As a founding member of WIEmy, Women in Engineering Network at Cracow University of Technology, she works for equality of women engineers in their career development. As secretary general of the WOMENVAI platform, she is engaged in activities that bring new technologies at the heart of environmental problems. She trust that adapting to climate change is possible, at local and international levels, if engineers and scientists, men and women are working together with policy makers and the industry on large innovative projects with the advanced technologies developed in the 21st century for a long‑term sustainable planet.