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The eument-net (European Network of Mentoring Programs for the Advancement of Equal Opportunities and Cultural and Institutional Change in Academia and Research) and the Centre for Gender and Science (Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences) invite you to the online conference Mentoring in Academia and Research: a Tool to Improve Gender Equality in Human Resource Management which will be held on 23 October 2020. A Zoom link to the meeting will be sent to registered participants at a later date.

Date: 23.10.2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.
Deadline for registration: 25.9.2020
Registration form: HERE

  • Conference objectives are to:
    • provide information about the eument-net, European Mentoring Network
    • create a knowledge base about mentoring as a tool to advance gender equality in human resource management
    • give programme managers and people who plan to establish a mentoring programme an opportunity to share experience, network and support each other
    • offer a space to get feedback on institutional mentoring programmes in development
  • Target groups:
    • New and experienced coordinators of mentoring programs
    • People who are interested in or who plan to establish a mentoring programme at their institution
    • Decision makers, human resource managers, gender equality officers


9:30     Welcome and introduction

Marcela Linkova, Head of Centre for Gender and Science in Prague, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

9:35     Eument-net: history, experience and mutual learning

Ekaterina Masetkina, University of Dusseldorf, Germany, Chair of eument-net

9:55     Czech Mentoring programme for early career researchers

Katerina Marsalkova, Centre for Gender and Science, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

10:10   Breakout sessions with mentoring experts and facilitators (Block I)

  • session 1 – How to start a mentoring program
  • session 2 – How to work with mentors
  • session 3 – How to work with mentees

11:10   Break

11:30   Breakout sessions with mentoring experts and facilitators (Block II)

  • session 1 – How to start a mentoring program
  • session 2 – How to work with mentors
  • session 3 – How to work with mentees

12:30   Plenary session: The frame of mentoring programmes – from defining the goals to evaluation and monitoring 

Michaela Gindl, University for Continuing Education, Krems, Austria

13:15   Conclusions of the conference

Dagmar Höppel, Executive Director of LaKoG, University of Stuttgart, Germany,
Vice Chair of eument-net

Marcela Linkova, Centre for Gender and Science Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

The website of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences is available here.

We look forward to your contributions and exchanges at the conference!

Conference 2019 – Inequality vs inclusiveness in changing academic governance: policies, resistances, opportunities

Final program announced here.

Brochure here.

Book of abstracts here

EUMENT-NET and Department of Political Science University of Naples Federico II invite you to the international conference dedicated to the topic of unconscious bias in transforming academia and the strategies how to tackle them.

Part of the conference will focus on mentoring as a succesful tool to support gender equality and diversity in academia.

International Conference

16-17 September 2019

Naples, Italy


Inequality vs inclusiveness in changing academic governance:

policies, resistances, opportunities 


Organized by



Department of Political Science University of Naples Federico II


In the last decades, profound transformations have been re-shaping academia and the research environment. Recent reforms in funding structures, research assessment exercises, and accountability procedures are redesigning the practices in academic work, redefining research schedules and determining relevant effects on scientific career paths. The academic practices emerging in these contexts produce new inequalities while strengthening old ones. Changing rules in recruitment and career development of researchers in some instances reduce and in others intensify the pre-existing gender gaps, having ambivalent impacts on different researchers’ cohorts, on minorities, on universities of different sizes, and different regional contexts.

European policies are orienting research and innovation processes towards the development of more responsible and inclusive research practices, able to respond to the challenges of contemporary society. Gender Equality plans and mentoring programs in scientific institutions are part of these practices, fostering diversity in academia. Implemented in different national and cultural contexts, they offer a variety of models to tackle inequalities in academia, develop intergenerational exchange and encourage diversity.

This conference, organized by the University of Naples Federico II and EUMENT-NET (European network of mentoring programs in academia), aims to encourage the debate about the impact of current transformations on academic landscapes in terms of gender and diversity, and about the achievements of equality action plans and related practices among:

  • academics and researchers from different research fields,
  • decision-makers in academia and government bodies,
  • practitioners from academic and research institutions (project managers and persons in charge of the implementation of gender equality plans/projects, mentoring programs, etc., and other HR development professionals).

Keynote speakers:

  • Marieke van den Brink, Professor of Gender & Diversity at the Radboud University Nijmegen; prof. van den Brink will speak about the gendered processes inside academic institutions
  • Marcela Linková, Head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Chair of the ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation; Dr. Linková will speak about the approach of European Commission to gender equality in academia
  • Annalisa Murgia, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social and Political Science of the University of Milan; coordinater of the European FP7 project GARCIA – ‘Gendering the Academy and Research: Combating career Instability and Asymmetries’

Main conference topics:

  • New forms of techno-scientific governance and their impact in terms of gender and diversity in academia
  • Excellence and bias effects in academic recruitment and career progression
  • The contribution of gender studies and STS feminist studies to fostering gender equality in academia
  • The contribution of HR professionals to fostering gender equality in academia
  • Gender equality action plans in academic and research institutions
  • Mentoring programs as a tool for supporting and developing diversity in academia
  • Cultural change in the research institutions through mentoring programs
  • Mentoring programs benefits for mentees, mentors and institutions

For practitioners, there will be organized expert exchange sessions.

The International Conference will be hosted by the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, from the 16th – 17th of September 2019.

On the 18th of September 2019, the General Assembly of the EUMENT-NET will be held. This meeting is also open to those (non-members) interested in EUMENT-NET´s agenda (e.g.) mentoring programs coordinators or people thinking about setting up a mentoring program at their institution. We will discuss the plan for 2020 and the possibilities of future cooperation among our members. It is a good opportunity for non-members to gain useful contacts and information, and to explore a possible interest in membership. There is no need to register for this day.


Registration deadline: 31st of August 2019.

You can register here. 


Conferences fees:

  •     Standard fee: 180 €
  •         Special fee: 140 €

We offer special fee to:

  • EUMENT-NET membership applicants (attendance of the General Assembly of the EUMENT-NET on the 18th of September 2019 is expected)
  • Students
  • Applicants for special reduced fee (explanation needed; aimed especially at people without institutional affiliation or from institutions in Eastern or Southern Europe)


Organizing committee:

EUMENT-NET committee: Katerina Cidlinska, Dagmar Höppel, Ulrike Kéré, Ekaterina Masetkina, Olivia Och, Evelyn Rusdea.

Local committee: Maria Carmela Agodi, Carlo De Luca, Adele Lauria, Vincenzo Lapiccirella, Emanuele Madonia, Ilenia Picardi, Caterina Rinaldi, Mariacristina Sciannamblo.


Scientific committee:

Maria Carmela Agodi (Università di Napoli Federico II), Katerina Cidlinska (Czech Academy of Sciences, EUMENT-NET), Fabio Corbisiero (Università di Napoli Federico II, AIS Studi di Genere), Ilenia Picardi (Università di Napoli Federico II), Harald Rohracher (Linköping University, RN24 Science and Technology, European Sociological Association – ESA), Assunta Viteritti (Università di Roma La Sapienza, STS Italia), Ann Elise Widding Isaksen (University of Bergen, RN33 Women’s and Gender Studies – European Sociological Association – ESA).


Conference venue:
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche
Via Rodinò 22 a /Largo San Marcellino



In case of any questions, please contact:

With the patronage of:


RN24 – Science and Technology

RN33 – Women’s and Gender Studies


      Mind, Gender and Language PhD, UNINA

Call in PDF: Call_for_Conference_Naples_2019

For the accomodation near the conference venue we recommend the hotels in the PDF document here: hotels-1


eument-net short-term visit

On 6 and 7 February took place a short-term visit of Katerina Cidlinska, the coordinator of the Czech mentoring program for early career researchers, at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf thanks to the inivitation from Ekaterina Masetkina, the coordinator of SelmaMeyerMentoring.

The visit consisted of many meetings with university officers, coordinator of mentoring program for early career physicians and representatives of students and of the workshop for SelmaMeyerMentoring mentees dedicated to the communication skills

These two days were very fruitful! Kateřina thanks Ekaterina for the chance to draw inspiration for the mentoring program she coordinates. “Her” mentees can look forward for few innovations and improvements. It was also interesting to see how other coordinators approach their role and to reflect own work on this basis.

Katerina strongly recommends such a short-term visit to other coordinators! Let´s visit each other :-). Here you can see which program could be the best fit for yours.

eument-net General Assembly in 2019

Our next General Assembly will take place on 18th of September 2019 in Naples.

The General Assembly will follow the international conference organized by University of Naples Federico II (Mentoring Program GENOVATE@UNINA) and eument-net.

Detailed information will be available here soon.

eument-net General Assembly 2018

Our next General Assembly will take place during the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education (20-22 August 2018 in Dublin). We will inform you about the exact day imediately after the announcement of the detailed conference program.

Eument-net 2nd international workshop

Sustainability and advancement of mentoring-programmes in the context of structural change

Eument-net second international workshop hosted at the LMU Center for Advanced Studies

8. – 9. Oktober 2012

University structures are changing throughout Europe. Staff development and organizational change could possibly foster the equal participation of women in all hierarchical positions. Which contribution can mentoring-programmes make here and which forms of cooperation with other protagonists have to be installed or deepened?

The eument-net workshop provides a unique opportunity for coordinators of mentoring programmes and specialists in staff development to discuss and share their experience in order to enhance their programmes’ or institutions’ range of services and programmes.


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