Call for applications: International Marie S. Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP) 2019/20

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For the sixth time the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies ( which is the University of Freiburg’s international research college publishes a call for applications of the international Marie S. Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP), now for the academic year 2019/20.

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.

Thanks to Dr. Katrin Brandt (FCFP Project Coordinator) – FRIAS, we share this information asking you to consider this opportunity for yourself and/or to pass it on to colleagues to whom this call might be of interest.

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 2019 and September 2020.

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.

Further information can be found at:

The deadline for application is September 15, 2018.

FRIAS is looking forward to your application and feels indebted to you for passing on this information to your colleagues!

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Good bye Rome Conference 2018!

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Good bye Rome!

We had conference, annual general meeting, enjoyed opera moments, italian food, impressive tours in the eternal city and around.

First day of the Conference, presidents of UWE and FILDIS welcomed almost one hundred university women at the beautiful building of Spazio Europa (European Parliament affiliated venue). Key note speakers, women in STEM professions were giving their speeches sharing the positive steps and highlighting the challenges on this important topic. In the afternoon we all continued with the workshops on solving the issues women are encountering in such professions and  increasing women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and math with additional focus on how to create opportunities and assist systems for women in STEM professions.


GWI President, Mrs. Geeta Desai, provided a video message expressing her concern about STEM fields becoming increasingly male centric, failing to serve half of the global population without female contribution, the overwhelming number of women who are currently unable to take advantage of STEM opportunities because, from an early age, they have been discouraged from studying these male dominated subjects.
Next day at the AGM we enjoyed a very pleasant atmosphere, a new President Anne Negre giving a presentation and update about collective complaint on the pay gap has been elected , thank you Edith Lommerse for all your work and inspiration as UWE President. The delegates voted unanimously that I will stay for another 3 years as SG keeping up the good work the Board has done, thank you all for your trust, it meant a lot to me. Another special presence at this special reunion was Israeli delegates giving a wonderful speech about gender inequality.


In the end we had a presentation and  invitation from GWI announcing the 33rd Triennal and Centenary Celebration in Geneva Switzerland, followed by a prosecco break for 100 years of GWI.

Later on we gathered for gala dinner on a wonderful luxury roof top one Michelin Star Restaurant to share impressions, gifts and say thanks to our host from Fildis: Gabriella Anselmi and Pina Foti.

British Federation Women Graduates were awarded the prize of 2018 UWE Association of the Year for surviving for 111 years and providing hundreds of post graduate research scholarships to women since 1912.

Congratulations  and thank you all for being with us in Rome for another UWE Conference.

More pictures in our google album: UWE Rome Conference 2018 and facebook album: UWE Rome AGM . Feel free to share tag yourself and please let us know about your experience in Rome filling this online Evaluation Form UWE Conference Rome Survey

For the board,

Roxana Elena Petrescu

Secretary General UWE

Overall Programme UWE Conference 21st – 24th June 2018 Rome

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UWE Conference 21st – 24th June 2018 Rome

Overall Program Women in STEM professions: Challenges – Support – Education

How to reach the Cicerone Hotel from the airports:

From Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci airport:

1) Train “Leonardo Express” (€ 14,00) every 30 minutes to Central Station Termini and from there by subway line A towards Lepanto stop (5 minutes walk from the hotel).

2) SITBUS Shuttle (€ 6,00) from Terminal 3 to “Via Crescenzio, 2” stop (5 minutes walk from the hotel).

3) Taxi, approximately € 50,00.

From Ciampino airport:

1) SITBUS Shuttle (€ 6,00) or Terravision (€ 5,00), bus toward Central Station Termini and from there by subway line A (€ 1,50) towards Lepanto stop (5 minutes walk from the hotel).

2) Taxi, approximately € 50,00.

BEWARE: all the following information has like starting point the Cicerone Hotel.

Thursday 21st June 2018 – Conference Registration from 5.00 pm onward at Cicerone Hotel, Via Cicerone, 55/c, 00193 Roma RM, +39 (0)6 3576

  • 07.00 pm: Informal welcome and light dinner(snack & drinks) at Beef Bazaar, Via Germanico, 136, 00192 Roma RM, a modern and lively restaurant where modern Roman like to go. We’ll have a ten minutes guided walk from the Cicerone Hotel to the Beef Bazar

Friday 22nd June 2018 – UWE Conference day. European Parliament – Office in Italy “Spazio Europa” Hall, via Quattro Novembre, 149, 00187 Roma RM

  • 08.00 am: Meeting in front of Cicerone Hotel where a courtesy bus with 51 seats from “Gentili Group” will be waiting for participants in order to reach the Conference Hall.

  • If preferred UWE members can arrange by themselves a Taxi to European Parliament – Office in Italy “Spazio Europa” Hall. The cost for a Taxi is about €10,00
  • 09.00 am – 01.15 pm: Introduction of the Conference Theme, keynote speeches

  • 10.45 am – 11.45 am: Coffee break

  • 01.15 pm – 02.15 pm: Lunch in Loco at Spazio Europa
  • 02.15 pm – 05.00 pm: Workshops and Round Table

  • 08.00 pm: Dinner at Il Giubileo, Via di Porta Cavalleggeri, 145, 00165 Roma RM, a classic Roman restaurant, 15 minutes guided walk from the Cicerone Hotel

Saturday 23rd June 2018 – UWE Annual General Meeting. Valdese Temple, Via Marianna Dionigi, 59, 00193 Roma RM, 5 minutes guided walk from Cicerone Hotel

  • 09.00 am – 09.30 am: Registration CERS. *To be able to vote at the AGM either the known CER or a delegate with a proxy from the NFA must present themselves as such at the registration desk on the day of the AGM. Only NFA’s that have paid their due on the 15th of June will be allowed to vote.
  • 09.30 am – 11.00 am: Welcome
    Edith Lommerse President UWE

    Presentation and update Collective Complaint on the Pay Gap
  • 11.00 am -11.20 am: Coffee break
    We will also use this as a moment to get more info on the main subjects and themes of NGAs.

  • 11.20 am – 01.20 pm: Sharing reports NFA’s: please use the UWE ppt draft report as we will have a “inspiration Market”.
    Presentation Candidates President – Anne Nègre from France

  • 01.20 pm -02.20 pm: lunch – voting at Valdese Temple

  • 02.20 pm -04.00 pm: second formal part AGM

1. Adoption agenda

2. Minutes AGM 2017

3. Jans Gremmée award and UWE award

4. Reports

a. Vice Presidents

b. Financial statement 2017, budget and fee 2019 

We propose to keep the same membership fee per capita – 1 eur.

c. Six Year report President Edith Lommerse

5. Memorandum of understanding (draft)

6. Next AGM 2020 – as next year the celebration of 100 years GWI will be celebrated in Geneve

Call for Meet and Greet 2019

7. Result elections

8. Any other business

9. End of meeting Thank you President Edith Lommerse

APPROX 16.30 – intermezzo invitation GWI half hour presentation and sharing ideas 100 years GWI and UWE AGM 2019 -Geneva, Switzerland

Prosecco break for 100 years GWI

  • 08.30 pm: Gala Dinner at Luxury Roof Top one Michelin Star Restaurant, Piazza Barberini, 23, 00187 Roma RM, from Cicerone Hotel to reach the Piazza Barberini you need to take subway line A from Lepanto and after 3 stops get off at Barberini

Sunday 24th June 2018 One day Rome tour (2 options: Colosseum area or Vatican area) TOUR WILL BE ACTIVATED WITH MINIMUM 10 PARTICIPANTS

  • 09.30 am: Meeting at Cicerone Hotel

  • 01.30 pm – 02.00 pm end of the tour

Monday 25th June 2018 Two day Tivoli tour CONFIRMED

  • 09.15 am: Meeting at Cicerone Hotel
  • 10.30 am: Arrival in Tivoli and visit to Villa Adriana

  • 01.00 pm: Lunch at the Grand Hotel Duca D’Este

  • 02.30 pm: Visit to Villa Gregoriana

  • 07.30 pm / 08.00 pm: Dinner at the Grand Hotel Duca D’Este

Tuesday 26th June 2018 Two day Tivoli tour

  • 09.30 am: Visit to Villa D’Este

  • 01.30 pm – 3.00 pm: Lunch

  • 03.00 pm: Way back to Rome

Thoughts from the Board

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UWE Board – AGM Graz 2017
As we are approaching our conference and AGM we would like to share with our members the effort, dedication and commitment that the team on the UWE board have spent to achieve the objectives of the organisation, support members and iron out all the challenges.
During the last six years, Edith has steered the ship to the shore, her experience was shared with the VPs, tresurer and secretary, this will be a very hard act to follow.
Thank you, dear President!
Aisha Alshawaf, Vice president
Pina Foti, Vice president
Annelies Pierrot – Bults, Treasurer
Roxana Elena Petrescu, Secretary General

Don’t miss them the tours at the conference

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The conference in Rome is nearing. The organizing committee is still busy with the program of the conference itself. It is almost ready. The programs for the tours on sunday and the two day tour after the conference starting on monday the 25th of June is ready.

There is still some place available on the tours, Let us know at

One day tour – Vatican area
– Piazza Cavour
– Castel Sant’Angelo – Mole Adriana
– St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City
– Borgo Pio
– Ponte Sant’Angelo
Light Lunch
40 euro’s including 1.30 pm – 2.00 pm end of the tour. Certified guide.

One day tour – Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia
– Vittoriano
-Capitoline Museums
– Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill) – Trajan’s Market
– Colosseum
– Roman Forum
40 euro’s including Light Lunch 1.30 pm – 2.00 pm end of the tour. Certified guide


Two day tour – Tivoli.
1st day – Monday June 25th- 9.30 am: Meeting at Cicerone Hotel

– 10.30 am: Arrive in Tivoli and visit to Villa Adriana
– 1.00 pm: Lunch at the Grand Hotel Duca D’Este
– 2.30 pm: Visit to Villa Gregoriana
– 7.30 pm / 8.00 pm: Dinner at the Grand Hotel Duca D’Este

2nd day – Tuesday June 26th- 9.30 am: Visit to Villa D’Este

– 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm: Lunch
– 3.00 pm: Way back to Rome
240 Euro’s including breakfast, 2X lunch, dinner and night in a luxurious hotel.


Anne Negre – UWE President Candidate

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UWE Board is pleased to inform you that the AFFDU and the members of the bureau support with great pleasure the candidature of Anne Nègre to the post of President of GEFDU / UWE.

Here you can read her biography and motivation letter and the letter of recommendation received from AFFDU together with her acceptance.

Anne is doing a great job for UWE on the European Social Charter and will give a speech about Equal Pay and the collective complaints at our Conference in Rome.  She is the only candidate for the President and will be invited to present herself  to be elected at the Annual General Meeting in Rome.




Gender Pay Gap Costs the Global Economy $160tn, Says World Bank Study

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Equal pay, equal hours and equal participation in the workforce could lead to a global wealth jump of $23,620 a person, as well as creating knock-on benefits such as lower malnutrition and child mortality rates, said the report. Using data from 141 countries, economists analysed the potential skills, education, training and future worth of each person in the workforce, then compared those so-called “lifetime earnings” to generate estimated global losses……..



Direct Link to Full 28-Page 2018 World Bank Report: