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Men and Women in Immunology

Monday, September 3, 2018; 08:30-09:45, Room: Forum



Anna Fogdell-Hahn (Sweden), Christina Helbig (The Netherlands), Peter Openshaw (United Kingdom)



08:30     Opening & Introduction

08:35     News about career challenges for immunologists: examples from UK
              Peter Openshaw, United Kingdom

08:45     Athena SWAN: does the program work for women, men or both?
              Catherine Williamson, United Kingdom

09:10     Gender and power: focus on problematic masculinity as privileges
              Jesper Fundberg, Sweden

09:35     General Discussion



The “Women in Immunology” session has been included in several ECI meetings, as a way to deal with gender inequality issues in the immunology field and in academia in general. But is this really a question about women? This year’s session will challenge that view.
Statistics show that the gender inequality is indeed still an issue we need to work with and professor Peter Openshaw will present the results from a questionnaire about gender differences in carreer opportunities in the immunology field. In the UK they made a sincere effort to deal with the gender inequality and started the Athena Swan program that required the universities to document their efforts to bridge the gender gap in academy to be eligible for research grants from the government. Professor Catherine Williamson will present the results from a paper that studied the impact of the Athena Swan program on staff within a UK University. Finally, we will turn the focus on gender as a power issue and have Dr. Jepser Fundberg, studying men behavior in sports, to give his analysis of how masculinity is associated with privileges and power. We are happy to invite you to come with your suggestions of how to better target this issue in the future and will write a summary of this session to be published in the European Journal of Immunology.



All registered congress delegates can participant in this session for free. No seperate registration is required.