Equal Opportunities, including Gender and Diversity 


Marcela Linková, Ph.D., is the head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on sociology of gendered organizations, research careers, governance of research and research assessment from a gender perspective. Having been engaged in gender equality work since 2001, she examines the material-discursive practices through which gender equality policies and initiatives are adopted and implemented at the European and Czech country level. She is a member of the European Commission’s Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation, and has served as a member of expert and advisory bodies for the European Commission and Czech state administration. She is the Vice-Chair of genderSTE Cost Action TN 1201 (gender, science, technology, environment). Marcela has coordinated and participated in several FP 6 and FP 7 projects on gender mainstreaming in science. In 2015 she was elected as member of the executive board of Research Network 24 Science and Technology of the European Sociological Association.


Dr. Ingo Barth, third-generation deaf, born 1976 in Leipzig, Germany, studied physics at the Technical
University of Berlin. PhD in theoretical chemistry at the Free University of Berlin.
Postdoc at the Max Born Institute in Berlin and Leibniz University in Hannover. Currently, he is the leader of the Max Planck research group “Current-Carrying Quantum Dynamics” (CCQD) at Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle (Saale), Germany


Professor Brian Harvey is coordinator of the ASSISTID COFUND (€9M 2014-2019) and Director of Research of DOCTRID. He is Professor and Head of Department Molecular Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He previously co-ordinated the Marie Curie COFUND in biophotonics and imaging ‘CEMP’ (www.nbipireland.ie ). He is vice-chair and grant holder for the EU COST Action ADMIRE 2014-2018 (www.admirecost.eu), and president of the French National Research Agency ANR Pathophysiology Committee and member of the ERC LS4 Advanced Awards Panel.


Katrien Maes is the chief policy officer of the League of European Research Universities. LERU is an association of twenty-one European universities renowned for, and devoted to, world class research coupled with high quality teaching. LERU promotes the role and values of research universities in the knowledge society across Europe and beyond. Its purpose is to advocate these values, influence policy in Europe and to promote good practice through members’ exchange of experience. Katrien has been with LERU since 2004 and is responsible for policy development across all areas of LERU’s research and higher education related activities, from research funding, management and assessment, to research careers, doctoral training, professional development, gender issues and more. She is an expert in EU research policies and programmes such as ERA and Horizon 2020.
The LERU universities are the University of Amsterdam, Universitat de Barcelona, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Freiburg, Université de Genève, Universität Heidelberg, University of Helsinki, Universiteit Leiden, KU Leuven, Imperial College London, University College London, Lund University, University of Milan, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, University of Oxford, Pierre & Marie Curie University, Université Paris-Sud, University of Strasbourg, Utrecht University, and the University of Zurich.


Dr. Gerlind Wallon is the deputy director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). A German native, she graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, followed by a post-doctoral period at EMBL in Heidelberg.
At EMBO she is responsible for the EMBO Young Investigator Programme, the EMBO Installation Grants, the Women in Science activities and The EMBO Meeting. Gerlind Wallon has developed the EMBO Laboratory Management Courses for leadership development, started the Career Day that offers transferable skills training at The EMBO Meeting and authored studies on the selection processes and the effects of gender on application success at EMBO and a report on the use of quota in academia.