GEARING ROLES Final Conference

“The journey towards institutional change: transforming gender roles in the academia”

The GEARING-Roles consortium, alongside EU sister projects, researchers, policy makers, other stakeholders and friends, gathered on 18th October 2022 in Brussels to celebrate the final conference of GEARING-Roles.


Surrounded by dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural Sciences, it was time for the project to showcase all the work and progress we have made throughout these four years. The conference was a great opportunity to reflect on all the achievements as well as on the ways forward following the completion of the GEARING-Roles project.


After the opening of the conference by the project coordinator, María Silvestre, we had the honour of listening to two amazing keynote speakers, Roman Kuhar and Victoria Showunmi. In attendance, there was also Athanasia Moungou from the European Commission. The conference followed with a panel of GEARING-Roles partners who reflected on the work done in their institutions to transform gender roles.


After the coffee break, a roundtable offered a great opportunity for discussion and debate on institutional change and sustainability, with the experts Marcela Linková, Maria Sangiuliano, Marina Cacace, María Bustelo and Maxime Forest. Following on from this, the winners of the Resistances competition were announced, and the GEARING-Roles Handbook for Creating a Gender-Sensitive Curriculum was presented. Finally, we could not think of a better way to end the conference than with humour and lots of food for thought, with María López Belloso.


You can watch the full recording here.

GEARING ROLES Final conference



  • María Silvestre, Scientific Coordinator of GEARING-Roles (Link)
  • Athanasia Moungou, Gender Sector Unit D4-Democracy & European Values DG Research & Innovation,  European Commission. (Link)


Keynote Speeches

  • Unpacking reasons for the success of the anti-gender movement”, by Dr. Roman Kuhar, full professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (Link)
  • Gender Equality in Higher Education: the untold story”, by Dr. Victoria Showunmi, Associate Professor,  UCL Institute of Education, University College London (Link)


Panel 1: Successful practices to transform gender roles: experiences from GEARING-Roles – Chaired by: Elisa García, FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) (Link)


  • Maria Lucinda Fonseca, IGOT, Universidade de Lisboa
  • Ayşe Gül Altınay, Sabanci University
  • Merili Tamson, ETAG, Estonian Research Council
  • Milica Antić Gaber, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • Anne Laure Humbert, Oxford Brookes University
  • Laia Tarragona, University of Deusto


Panel 2: Aiming for institutional change and sustainability: taking stock – Chaired by: Inge Bleijenbergh, Radboud University (Link)


  • Maxime Forest, Yellow Window
  • Maria Sangiuliano, SmartVenice
  • Marina Cacace, Knowledge and Innovation
  • Marcela Linková, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • María Bustelo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid


Competition Resistances to Gender Equality Awards Ceremony (Link)


Launch of GEARING-Roles Handbook for Creating a Gender-Sensitive Curriculum. Teaching and Learning Strategies (Link)


Final remarks (Link)

  • María López Belloso, University of Deusto.


Download the poster for the conference agenda (link to poster here).

Visual Reporting of the conference

Within the frame of their final conferences, the two sister projects GEARING-Roles and Gender-SMART jointly organised a special event with a focus on the European Year of Youth.

You can watch the full recording here.


Welcome by coordinators

  • María Silvestre, Coordinator of GEARING ROLES, University of Deusto (Link)


Roundtable “Youth and gender equality in the digital age: For an inclusive, equal, and creative future” (Link)

Moderated by: Ayse Gül Altinay (Sabancı University)


  • Manon Deshayes, European Youth Forum
  • Charlotte Waeyenbergh, Academics for Development
  • Panayiota Polykarpou, Cyprus University of Technology
  • Estibaliz Linares, University of Deusto
  • Aisling Molloy, Teagasc
  • Fulya Kama Özelkan, Sabancı University


Closure of event by coordinators

  • Nadine Zakhia, Coordinator of Gender-SMART, CIRAD (Link)