INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF ADVISORS
Director of the Department of Sociology in the London School of Economics (London), was formerly a Professor of Sociology in the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University and a Centennial Professor in the Gender Institute and Sociology at the London School of Economics. Judy Wajcman's research has centred on technological change, employment relations and organisational analysis. She is an expert in feminist theory in these areas and has developed a theoretical framework for the analysis of technology and social change, known as the social shaping approach. She also participated, with the Australian National University, in the PRAGES project.
Currently an independent consultant advising and evaluating university programmes and policies to advance the participation of women in academic science and engineering. Clients include several Universities. She retired from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2007, where she was the founding Programme Director of the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program. She worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and at Motorola on detail from NSF. She was a Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Programme at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, serves on the external advisory board for Brown University's ADVANCE Program. She was member of the team of the Simmons College of Boston in the PRAGES project and is a member of the Expert Group for the EC FP7 Project INTEGER - Institutional Transformation for Effecting Gender Equality in Research.
Maria Rimini-DÖring (Italy-Germany)
Is currently Senior Expert in Human-Machine Interaction at Corporate Research and Advance Engineering of Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany. She got involved since 1999 with educational and curriculum issues on women in science and technology, organising school contacts, and is currently Bosch Project Leader on “Changing Cultures”, an initiative of the German Ministry of Women Affairs for increasing the participation of women in leadership in German industry. She is invited speaker in several international conferences on research training, doctoral programmes and engineering education on these arguments.
Full Professor of Genetics at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences (UMIL) and leader of the Plant Molecular Genetic Group of the Department of Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology at Milan. She has been a member of the CNR Committee for Biology and Medicine and member of the Biosafety Committee of the Italian Minister of Environment. She is member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). Since 2005, she has been Secretary General of the World Conference on the Future of Science. She has been responsible of projects funded by Italian and by EU (Bridge and Biotechnology programmes) grants.
Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science, from “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania. Dr. Iftene's research interests are in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language processing. He has published in international journals and conferences' proceedings more than 60 scientific papers. His recent scientific work is focused on the highly interdisciplinary topics aiming at tackling the issue of robots and gender as well as gender and ICT.
Letty A. de Weger (the Netherlands)
Senior Researcher at the Department of Pulmonology at Leiden University Medical Center. She received het PhD in Plant Molecular Microbiology at Leiden University, and did a post-doctoral training in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Knoxville, USA. In her current position she is responsible for the aerobiological pollen counts and the related research on the relation between pollen and allergic symptoms of patients. She is project leader of various research projects, and she has been an invited speaker on several international symposia. Furthermore she has been an active member of an EU COST action and involved in a present EU-FP7 proposal, which is currently under review.
Senior Researcher at Aarhus University. She is specialised in applied mathematical sciences and statistics. She has participated in the work of different university governing bodies, was member of the Copenhagen University Senate (1984-92) and member of the Committee on Gender Equality in Research, established by the Danish Ministry for Research. Cross-cutting themes in her research have been women's educational choices and their positions at universities and in research organisations, conditions and opportunities for women in higher education and research, and mapping of the gender barriers in the Danish higher education and research system.