HBP Summit Satellite Event

WE ARE SCIENCE. Towards a realistic future to enhance inclusion, gender equality, and diversity in science.


27 March 2023, 14:15 - 18:30
Palais du Pharo, Marseille, France


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Reflect career requirements and shape an inclusive science with us at the WE ARE SCIENCE event!

At the event we formulated concrete steps towards an inclusive science. Stakeholders such as early stage and established researchers, advanced researchers, managers of science and representatives of funding institutions engaged in an open dialogue. Together we discussed and exchanged advice on career planning inside or outside of academia, the European funding landscape, and the role of inclusion, gender, equality, and diversity in science shaping the future of the European Research Area (ERA).

The Satellite event
reflected experiences and recommendations for EDI in science projects by engaging in an open dialogue that involveed ESR as well as various stakeholders and their viewpoints on

  1. A realistic picture of the future, experiences, and advice on how to enhance one’s career inside or outside of academia for ESR
  2. Insights into potential initiatives for ensuring high quality research in European funded projects by counteracting biases and enhancing EDI
  3. Feedback on what works and how incentives and metrics for European funded projects can be improved to impact scientific culture, to create motivated, secure and inclusive environments, and to ensure that culture values are considered.
  4. Conclusions what stakeholders can do in their area of responsibility for the future of EDI in science, with a specific focus on ESR


Registration is closed.


Time Sessions
14:00 - 14:15 Arrival
14:15 - 14:45

Welcome and Opening

Welcome and opening by Teresa De Martino, Katrin Amunts and Paweł Świeboda:
EC expectations, HBP experiences and relevance for EBRAINS

14:45 - 15:00


Introduction by the Diversity and Equal Opportunities Committee (DEOC) and Student Ambassadors: motivation, expected results and related publication 

15:00 - 16:15

Panel with "Trigger Talks"

Alexander Peyser, Željka Krsnik, Michaela Th. Mayrhofer, Sylvíe Rousset, Damian Eke, Simi Akintoye, Pablo Lanillos will discuss and answer questions from the audience from a personal and/or institutional perspective:
What does it take to persue a career in science?
What is the current status of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in science?
What are the greatest challenges in implementing EDI? 

16:15 - 16:30 Coffee
16:30 - 17:30

World Café

1. Science and Funding Opportunities
with Anna Lührs and Maren Frings 

2. Career Development inside or outside academia
with Alexander Peyser

3. EDI in Science as a Vision: culture and values in the research environment
with Željka Krsnik and Katrin Amunts

4. EDI and Infrastructures: challenges and opportunities to support inclusive communities
with Paweł Świeboda and Michaela Th. Mayrhofer       

5. Implementing EDI: metrics and measures - what works?
with Mónica Cano Abadía and Sylvíe Rousset

17:30 - 18:00


Summary of World Café findings 

18:00 - 18:30

Closing Round

Closing round with speakers and panelists



This Satellite Event is organised by the HBP Diversity and Equal Opportunities Committee (DEOC), the HBP Education Programme and the Young Researchers of the HBP.

Speakers, Panelists, World Café Hosts and Contributors

Katrin Amunts | Scientific Research Director HBP, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Simisola Akintoye | HBP Data Protection, De Montfort University
Camilla Blixhaven | HBP DEOC, University of Oslo
Mónica Cano Abadía | Senior Scientist, BBMRI-ERIC
Teresa De Martino | Scientific Officer, European Commission
Sandra Diaz | HBP Student Ambassadors, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Damian Okaibedi Eke | HBP Data Governance, De Montfort University
Maren Frings | Science Coordinator, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Peter Gierow | HBP Compliance, HBP DEOC, Linnaeus University
Karin Grasenick | HBP DEOC, convelop cooperative knowledge design gmbh
Željka Krsnik | Bord of Directors, Chair-Elect, ALBA Network
Pablo Lanillos |  HBP DEOC, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Sylvíe Rousset | CoARA Sterring Board Member, Directrice de Recherches au CNRS
Anna Lührs | Science Coordinator, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Mira Marcus | HBP DEOC, Tel Aviv University
Michaela Th. Mayrhofer | Chair of the EAB, Head of ELSI Services and Research at BBMRI-ERIC
Lars Muckli | HBP DEOC, University of Glasgow
Jens Egholm Pedersen | HBP Student Ambassadors, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Alexander Peyser | Site Reliability Engineering Manager, Google
Pilar Flores Romero | HBP DEOC, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Paweł Świeboda | Chief Executive Officer (CEO), EBRAINS AISBL
Katrien van Look | HBP DEOC, EPFL
Angela Wroblewski | Higher Education Research, Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS)
Alper Yegenoglu |  HBP Student Ambassadors, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Programme Committee

DEOC Diversity and Equal Opportunities Committee:
Chair: Andrea Alonso-Allende Gamoneda
DEOC Member, event coordination: Pilar F. Romero | Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Facilitation: Karin Grasenick, DEOC strategy and coordination | CONVELOP

Education Programme:
Johanna Fusseis | Medizinische Universität Innsbruck
Judith Kathrein | Medizinische Universität Innsbruck
Franziska Vogel | Medizinische Universität Innsbruck

HBP Student Ambassadors and Early-Stage Researchers:
Sandra Diaz | Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jens Egholm Pedersen | KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Alper Yegenoglu | Forschungszentrum Jülich

Pablo Lanillos | Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Head of the HBP project  


Palais du Pharo
First floor, Salle Saint-Jean
58 Boulevard Charles Livon
13007 - Marseille

FAQs and all you need to know

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Yes, separate registration for this event is mandatory. Attendance is open to anyone interested and free of charge. Please register via the registration button above. 

Yes, you can attend one of the morning sessions as well. Registration is free of charge but mandatory and can be made via this website.

Separate registration for the HBP Summit is required. Please find all information on registration fees on this page

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For questions related to the WE ARE SCIENCE Satellite Event, please reach out to education@humanbrainproject.eu 

For general questions about the HBP Summit, please refer to this contact page.