Programme Details

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Conference Schedule

Programme Details

The Conference will take place on 12th October 2018 at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast running from 9.00am - 4.00pm. The programme is a blend of presentations from expert speakers, interactive discussions and delegate-selected workshops. A Certificate of Attendance will be available for delegates from the Conference Registration desk.


Conference Outline


9.00am - 9.30am

Registration and Refreshments

Glass corridor and Isdell Courtyard 

9.30am - 9.45am

Professor Ian Greer

Vice-Chancellor and President

Queen's University Belfast 

Welcome from the Vice Chancellor and President of Queen’s University Belfast


Conference Room

9.45am - 9.50am


Professor Pascal McKeown

Dean of School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences 

Queen's University Belfast

Welcome from Dean of School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences


Conference Room

9.50am - 10.00am

Professor Karen McCloskey

Director of Gender Equality,

School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences,

Queen's University Belfast

Athena SWAN and the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s – we have come a long way


Conference Room

10.00am - 10.30am


Mr David Gavaghan

Founder, Aurora Prime Real Estate Limited 

The importance of diversity in business (i.e. both corporate and non-corporate settings) and the associated challenges and opportunities

Conference Room

10.30am - 11.00am


Tea/Coffee and networking opportunity

Glass Corridor

11.00am - 11.30am

Dr Katie Petty-Saphon

Chief Executive

Medical Schools Council 

Medical Schools Council’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Conference Room


11.30am - 12.00pm

Ms Anna Mittnerova 

Consultant at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic

Gender equality in research: Experience from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech Republic

Conference Room

12.00pm - 12.30pm

Dr Sinead Lydon

Lecturer in Quality and Patient Safety

National University of Ireland, Galway 

Athena SWAN – the NUI Galway School of Medicine Experience

Conference Room

12.30pm - 1.30pm 


Isdell Courtyard

1.30pm - 3.00pm

Workshops (2 x 45 minute Workshops)

W1 - Lean-in chapters for postgraduate students

W2 – What’s new for Athena SWAN - Professional & Support Staff

W3 – How can Team Science advance gender equality?

W4 – Importance of gender consideration in education programmes 

Conference Room

Table 1

Table 2

Table 3

Table 4

3.00pm - 3.30pm


Professor Tomas Brage

Director of Studies in Physics

Lund University, Sweden 

Gender equality in Sweden - the legislation is in place, how do we accelerate change?


Conference Room

3.30pm - 4.00pm

Professor Farida Fortune

Head of Clinical and Diagnostic Oral Sciences,

Barts and the London School of Medicine

‘Navigating the health and academic environment- pleasure and pain!’

Conference Room






Interested in attending?

Register here

Conference Outline

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