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About the conference

Research and innovation (R&I) play key roles in striving towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. The full use of human capital involving both men and women at all levels of R&I is one of the prerequisites for achieving this objective. Thus why gender equality in research is one of the priorities of EU research policy. Twenty years of activities revealed the main stakeholders and ways leading to understanding and developing strategies on how to tackle the problem in research organizations. It became clear that implementation of the gender equality process requires dialogue and close cooperation between all interested parties: researchers, administrators of research organizations, science regulating and funding organizations and science policymakers. Projects funded by EC played a special role in the development of gender equality policy in research. FP6 BASNET project, coordinated by Vilnius University, was among those who organized and tested women scientist’s networks with science policymakers for the creation of gender equality Strategy in the Baltic States. At that time it was rather new and innovative practice. For ensuring the continuation of the project tasks in the after project period the regional Baltic States association of women scientists working in STEM – BASNET Forumas was established on the basis of the project partner organizations.

The celebration of BASNET Forumas 10th anniversary is a good opportunity to take stock of the efforts and the progress made in the field and discuss the new challenges and role of NGOs in gender equality policymaking, dissemination and its implementation both, in EU and in the Baltic States

The concept of the conference

The concept of the event is based on relevance to addressing the social aspects of science for ensuring excellence in R&I. The conference will present the new trends in EU policy on gender equality in research and in the new Horizon Europe programme as well as the contemporary understanding of NGOs role in the development, dissemination, and implementation of gender equality policy in research.


The conference is organized by BASNET Forumas together with founders of association Vilnius University and the Kaunas University of Technology as well as Lithuanian Biochemical society.

Speakers and participants

Among invited speakers there are representatives from different stakeholder organizations making gender equality in research policy, regulating and financing scientific activities on different (EU, Regional and Member States) levels.  The representatives of Women scientists associations and networks working in the field of gender equality and researchers from running EU projects concerned with gender equality in research also will participate in the conference.

Programme Committee

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dalia Šatkovskienė, BASNET Forumas (Chair)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pralgauskaitė, BASNET Forumas
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Olga Rancova, Faculty of Physics of Vilnius University (VU FF)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr.  Živilė Rutkūnienė, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)
  • Hab. Dr. Gražina Tautvaišienė, Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy (VU FF TFAI)
  • Prof. Dr. Daumantas Matulis, Lithuanian Biochemical Society (LBD)