Speakers

 
 
ASaini
Angela Saini

Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist and author. She presents science programmes on the BBC, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, the Guardian, The Sunday Times, and Wired. Her latest book is Superior: the Return of Race Science. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, was published in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim and has been translated into eleven languages. She has a Masters in Engineering from the University of Oxford.

 
 
UKeller
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ursula Keller

Ursula Keller has been a tenured professor of physics at ETH Zurich since 1993 (www.ulp.ethz.ch), and serves as a director of the Swiss research program NCCR MUST in ultrafast science since 2010 (www.nccr-must.ch). She received a „Diplom“ at ETH Zurich in 1984, a Ph.D. at Stanford University USA in 1989, was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs USA 1989 to 1993. She has been a co-founder and board member for Time-Bandwidth Products (acquired by JDSU in 2014) and for GigaTera (acquired by Time-Bandwidth in 2003). Her research interests are exploring and pushing the frontiers in ultrafast science and technology. Awards include the SPIE Gold Medal (2020), IEEE Edison Medal (2019), the European Inventor Award for lifetime achievement (2018), IEEE Photonics Award (2018), OSA Charles H. Townes Award (2015), LIA Arthur L. Schawlow Award (2013), ERC advanced grants (2012 and 2018), EPS Senior Prize (2011), OSA Fraunhofer/Burley Prize (2008), Leibinger Innovation Prize (2004), and Zeiss Research Award (1998).

 
 
TBrage
Prof. Dr. Tomas Brage
Lund University

Professor Brage obtained his PhD in Atomic Physics in 1988 and has since then had positions as a Research Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University between 1989 and 1993, and Research Associate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, working on the Goddard High Resolution Spectrometer mission on the Hubble Space Telescope, from 1994 to 1996. For the last twenty years he has been employed at Lund University in Sweden, where he holds a Professor of Physics at the Division of Mathematical Physics of the Department of Physics, For almost as long he was also the Director of Education in Physics at the Faculty of Science. His main research interests are Laboratory Astrophysics and Computational Atomic Physics, and he has published over 100 articles in refereed journals. He is a visiting Professor at the Fudan University in Shanghai in China, where he spends a few months each year at the Institute of Modern Physics.
For the last 15 years he has been strongly involved in work on Gender and Science, where he is regularly giving talks on “Gender and Physics” around Europe. He is active in several European networks, e.g. as a steering group member of the Policy Group for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (PG EDI) of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) network. He is a member of the GENERA network for Gender and Physics, as well as the advisory board for the EPSRC Inclusion Matters project at the Queen’s University of Belfast. He is also serving at the Expert Advisory Group for Gender and Equality at the National University of Ireland in Galway and the Southern University of Denmark. He has led several projects in Lund, e.g. the Gender Certification project, the Antidiscrimination education and, more recently, the Core-Value project. He has received the Gunilla Jarlbro award for important contributions to the work for equal opportunities in the academia.

 
 
JWade
Dr. Jessica Wade

Jess Wade is an excitable scientist with an enthusiasm for equality. By day, she works in the incredible laboratories of Imperial College London, where she creates new materials to use in electronic devices. She spends her evenings trying to make science a more equal and fair place, celebrating the phenomenal contributions of researchers who are all-too-often overlooked. Jess is well-known for her work editing Wikipedia, where she has been writing the biographies of women and people of colour every day since the beginning of 2018.

 
 
VValian
Hunter College – CUNY

Virginia Valian is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Hunter College – CUNY, and is a member of the doctoral faculties of Psychology, Linguistics, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. She directs the Language Acquisition Research Center at Hunter College, which studies the acquisition of syntax in young children and the relation between bilingualism and cognition in adults. She is co-founder and director of Hunter’s Gender Equity Project.
In her work on gender equity Dr Valian performs research on the reasons behind women’s slow advancement in the professions and proposes remedies for individuals and institutions. She is the author of Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women (1998, MIT Press) and is co-author, with Abigail Stewart, of An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence (2018, MIT Press). Dr Valian’s recent work on gender includes an opinion piece on sexual harassment (Nature, 2019), a co-authored policy article on gender in science (Science, 2019), and co-authored empirical papers on the gender of speakers at university colloquia, awards to men and women in academia, and reactions to male and female presidential candidates. Dr Valian speaks to institutions and organizations in Australia, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States on improving gender equity in hiring, promotion, and recognition.

 
 
SAbiodun
Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Sade Abiodun is a budding neuroscientist by day and aspiring filmmaker also by day. She is currently pursuing her PhD as a President’s Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Her work focuses on neurocinematics — the neuroscience of film — and explores naturalistic approaches to examining emotion regulation and socio-affective processing. She is an ardent advocate for equity, diversity, and representation in science, and has worked with multiple groups and organizations to support and uplift scientists of color. She hopes to bridge the gap between science and the arts through the study and creation of visual experiences that center and celebrate diversity.

 
 
TBurke
Dr. Taniesha Burke

Dr. Taniesha Burke is a cross-cultural developmental psychology
researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in Family Relations and Human
Development from the University of Guelph, Canada, and undergraduate
and graduate degrees in Psychology from the University of the West
Indies, Jamaica. Dr. Burke’s research focuses on child development
and parent-child relationships. She uses the bidirectional framework,
such as the social-relational theory to guide her research. The
framework considers children and parents as agentic in managing their
developmental outcomes and the dynamics of the parent-child
relationship. Her research promotes the strength and resilience of
the family. Dr. Burke has a wealth of teaching experience. She has
taught several courses in child development at universities in
Jamaica, Canada, and Germany. At the University of Konstanz, Dr.
Burke developed and supervised the psychology department’s first
service-learning program for their undergraduate students. She
created and taught the department’s first online courses.

 
 
MSloane
Dr. Mona Sloane
NYU IPK

Mona Sloane, Ph.D., is an NYU-based sociologist working on inequality in the context of AI design and policy. She frequently publishes and speaks about AI, ethics, equitability and policy in a global context. At NYU, she works with Vice-Provost Charlton McIlwain and on building NYU’s new Alliance for Public Interest Technology, and is Principal Investigator of the “Terra Incognita: Mapping NYC’s New Digital Public Spaces in the COVID-19 Outbreak” project, as well as Co-Principal Investigator on the “COVID-19 Tech Project”, together with Michael Weinberg (Executive Director, NYU Engelbert Center). She is Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, Fellow with NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK), where she convenes the “Co-Opting AI” series and co-curates the “The Shift” series, and Fellow at the Future Imagination Collaboratory (FIC) Fellows at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Mona is also affiliated with The GovLab in New York, and with Public Books where she is editor of the Technology section. Mona holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has completed fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Cape Town. Follow her on Twitter @mona_sloane.

 
 
JJohn
Joysy John
Director of Education at Nesta UK

Joysy John is the Director of Education at Nesta, bringing together Nesta’s work in education across innovation programmes, research and
investment. Joysy is the former Chief Industry Officer of Ada, the
National College for Digital Skills where she led the College’s
industry engagement and online learning website. Prior to this, she
headed up international strategic development for EF Learning Labs,
led business development for Emerge Venture Lab, Europe’s first
education technology accelerator and advised Level 39, technology
incubator based in Canary Wharf.Joysy is passionate about education, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. She helped launch three non-profits focused on education. She founded Founders Fit to help startup leaders find the right cofounders. Joysy has over a decade of experience in technology, business management, strategy and sales roles with JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley in Singapore, US and UK. She was the youngest person selected into the Future Leader Development Programme at JP Morgan Chase. She holds a Computer Engineering (Honours) degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an MBA with Distinction from London Business School where she was the President of the Women in Business Club and a Forte Scholar.