New EU Commissioners Open Letter

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The Board of University Women of Europe already signed an open letter to demand that the EU commission revises the title for commissioner Mariya Gabriel to “Education, Research, Innovation and Youth” and we kindly invite our members to support this petition, too.

 

The candidates for the new EU commissioners were presented last week (Web link to press release). In the new commission the areas of education and research are not explicitly represented anymore and instead are  subsumed under the “innovation and youth” title. This emphasizes economic exploit ability (i.e. “innovation”) over its foundation, which is education and research, and it reduces “education” to “youth” while being essential to all ages.

President von der Leyen, in her mission letter to commissioner Mariya Gabriel (Web link to Mandate Letter), has emphasized that “education, research and innovation will be key to our competitiveness”.

We, as members of the scientific community of Europe, wish to address this situation early on and emphasize both to the general public, as well as to relevant politicians on the national and European Union level, that without dedication to education and research there will neither exist a sound basis for innovation in Europe, nor can we fulfill the promise of a high standard of living for the citizens of Europe in a fierce global competition.

With this open letter we demand that the EU commission revises the title for commissioner Gabriel to “Education, Research, Innovation and Youth” reflecting Europe’s dedication to all of these crucial areas. We also call upon the European Parliament to request this change in name before confirming the nominees for commissioner.

Please support this letter by signing up as a supporter via https://indico.uis.no/event/5/registrations/

The original letter here

EWA Network Scriptwriters’ Residency call for applications

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European Women’s Audiovisual – EWA’s scriptwriters residency programme is a great initiative dedicated to supporting the next generation of screenwriting talents among EWA members. It helps them to enter the industry with the best script possible by working on the strategic positioning of their project . Its purpose is to give two selected women scriptwriters or directors the opportunity to be mentored by a script consultant, to work with her before the Berlinale and to attend the EFM at the Berlinale to make connections.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Women scriptwriters or directors with an European nationality having a written or directed at least one feature film (fiction or documentary) distributed (theatrically/tv/wide festival trajectory) in one European country.

  • EWA members, if you are not a member you can join now.

  • who has a first draft of a script in English for a full length feature film-fiction only.

THE OFFER

Accommodation in Berlin starting from 1 February 2020 – and ending 29 February 2020, including three working sessions with a well-known script consultant (2 in Berlin + 1 Skype session after the Berlinale) and the accreditation for the Berlinale.

The EWA scriptwriting residency and the script consultancy must be mentioned in the credits of the later film.

The application should be submitted until 15 th of October !

More information on the EWA’s website here

 

IrFUW Annual Conference 2019

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UWE friends are invited to attend the Irish Federation of University Women – IrFUW Annual Conference, hosted by Trinity College Dublin on the 18th and 19th October 2019, it will be an exciting weekend of discussion on the theme of “Hearing Women’s Voices”.

On Friday afternoon delegates can register in the Alumni Office in East Chapel in Trinity College Dublin from 3pm. There will be several events laid on in the afternoon including a guided tour of the new Printing House Building by the Architect of the project Valerie Mulvin who also designed the award winning Trinity Long Room Hub through her company McCulloughMulvin Architects. Trish Murphy will be talking about her work with students in Trinity in Consent Workshops which TWG are delighted to support.

The IrFUW evening dinner is in the Trinity City Hotel in Pearse Street starting with a reception at 7pm. The guest speaker is Sharon Bowers, New York Literary Agent who will talk about #hearingwomensvoices in modern literature.

Ticket Dinner Friday Evening 7.pm 18th October in Trinity City Hotel – Cost €55

On Saturday there will be presentations and panel discussions on Women’s Voices In Europe, Women’s Voices in Business and Women’s Voices in the Arts. Guest Speakers’s list on Saturday includes Frances Fitzgerald MEP, Dr. Anne Nègre – UWE President, Brid Horan – Balance for Better Business, Dr. Tanusree Jain and Prof. Deirdre Ahern of Trinity College Business School and Trinity School of Law.

Also presenting and discussing a video ‘Whose Feet’ on Lucia Joyce is Frances Mezzetti – Performance Artist and Joyce Garvey – Artist and Author of a book on Lucia Joyce.

Single Registration Ticket for both days – Cost €40

Venue: Long Room Hub TCD

Come along and hear thought provoking leading women, network with friends new and old and have your own voice heard.

Programme and booking details can be found on the IrFUW website , it can be booked advisable directly on website via bank transfer or credit card.

Please feel free to list this online to share with your members.

Council of Europe Highlights 2018

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Since its creation seventy years ago, the Council of Europe has been consistently working for Europeans to enjoy the same standards of human rights, democracy and the rule of law enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. If these rights and values are not respected, individuals have the ultimate right to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. This is unique in European and world history.

Today’s most pressing undemocratic trends resurfacing in many parts of Europe concern freedom of expression, the independence of the judiciary, the impact of artificial intelligence on human rights and discrimination against vulnerable people. You can download here the “Council of Europe Highlights 2018” – english and french version – to see  how diverse bodies of the Council of Europe, in cooperation with its member states, worked throughout the past year to tackle them, with the aim of making Europe a safer and more democratic place for everybody.

Last call for projects for the Luxembourg-Ireland Co-Development Fund for Female Filmmakers

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In May 2019, Film Fund Luxembourg and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland launched the call for projects for a newly created Co-Development Fund for Female Filmmakers, dedicated to support the co-development of a range of new projects written and/or directed by women. The fund will support the careers of female writers and directors during the crucial development stage of a project, seeking to reduce gender disparity in the film industry and marketplace and to improve female representation in the screen industry.

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • The project is a co-development (feature-length (min. 70’) fiction, documentary, animation, TV drama).Television projects must be a dramatic series, animated series or animated feature film.

  • A co-development agreement and – schedule between the Luxembourg-based and the Ireland-based production companies need to be in place at application stage. Projects co-developed with a third producer are also eligible if the Ireland- and Luxembourg-based producers retain significant financial and creative control of the project.

  • Applicants must hold the necessary rights to the material to be developed.

  • The project presents cultural content and has the potential to interest audiences in both countries and transcend national borders.

  • The co-producers must ensure that the project meets the criteria of the public funding organisation in their respective countries.

Deadline for submissions : September 10, 2019

Click HERE for project criteria and submission form.
Successful co-productions between Ireland and Luxembourg include the recent hit
Black 47 (Lance Daly) and the Academy Award nominated films The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey) and Song of the Sea(Tomm Moore) to name but a few.

 

Call for applications: FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme 2020/21

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https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/de/startseite

For the seventh time the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) – the University of Freiburg’s international research college publishes a call for applications of the international Marie S. Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP).

 

The deadline for application is September 15, 2019, about 25 fellowships will be awarded through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process.

This programme offers outstanding international researchers, both on the junior and the senior level, an opportunity to apply for an extended research stay here at the Institute.

The programme, which is co-financed by the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme, is open to all disciplines; the financial conditions are internationally competitive.

Fellowships of 3 to 10 months may be applied for in the senior scheme, while in the junior scheme the fellowship duration is 12 months. Successful applicants will conduct their fellowship between September 2020 and September 2021.

For the fellows at FRIAS, the programme offers outstanding research opportunities, not only in the research environment of a leading European research university, but also with the added advantage of being part of a community of fellows from different disciplines.

FRIAS provides its female researchers with targeted information on attractive offers relating to mentoring, coaching and training. Special attention is given to fellows who plan to come to Freiburg together with their families. FRIAS makes every effort to provide tailor-made solutions with regard to suitable accommodation, child care and educational facilities.

We therefore ask you to consider this opportunity for yourself and/or to pass it on to colleagues to whom this call might be of interest.

Further information can be found at HERE.

Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea Conference 2019 – Finland

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Finnish Federation of Graduate Women (FFGW), member of University Women of Europe, welcomes you to the Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea Conference 2019 “Together for GENDER EQUALITY IN EDUCATION AND WORK and COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMON BALTIC SEA”. 

Place: Science Center Heureka, Vantaa, Finland

Time: Saturday 12 October 2019, 08:00 – 16:30

 

 


According to the 2017 Gender Equality Index, gender equality is progressing at a snail’s pace in the EU. In Finland, there are even indications of backsliding in gender equality. In the research literature, it is widely accepted that it is not possible to attain a more equal society for men and women without reducing the segregation in education and working life. In addition to improved social policies and structural changes, a more equal society requires concrete action. In our conference, the Graduate Women of the Baltic region seek solutions to dismantle segregation. At the same time, the focus is on how women and women’s organizations can positively respond to climate change and the protection of our shared Baltic Sea. Climate change is also a matter of equality. Bringing together professionals working in gender equality and the protection of the Baltic Sea and women from different countries will lead into sustainable action.

Organizers: Finnish Federation of Graduate Women together with British Embassy Finland, Eesti Akadeemiliste Naiste Ühing, Федерация женщин с университетским образованием, Kvinnliga Akademikers Förening and Lietuvos Universitetų Moterų Asociacija

THE REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL 1 OCTOBER 2019. Please register here:

The previous Nordic-Baltic conferences were held in Estonia (2016) and Lithuania (2017).

For more information, please visit the website of Finnish Federation of Graduate Women and the FB event page