UWE Conference 2018

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

Invitation to UWE Conference & AGM 2018

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We are pleased to invite you to the next Annual General Meeting of the University Women of Europe in Rome which will be combined, as usual, with a two day conference: 21-24th of June 2018. The conference in Rome, Italy brings together University Women from all over Europe in a wonderful and inspiring environment. The Conference theme is Women in Stem professions, Challenges – Support – Education. We aim to focus on how to create opportunities and support systems for women in STEM professions.

What challenges do they face? How can we combine the technological innovations with empowerment of women and girls? These innovations demand different skills and give different opportunities on the employment market. Women still seem to choose humanistic studies.

How do we improve the working conditions in STEM professions, so more women will chose STEM studies and professions. How do we create equal opportunities for women and girls in a world that changes so rapidly? Those questions and more you will be able to discuss at the UWE Conference 2018 in Rome. As a special event we will present the material on the Pay Gap in several countries on Saturday morning 23rd of June.

We are looking forward to meeting you to exchange ideas and create energy and commitment. The conference is open to all members of the University Women of Europe and their friends.

Welcome to Rome
FILDIS is happy to host the UWE Annual General Meeting 2018 in Rome and invites you to one of the most beautiful cities from all over the world.
ROME is centrally located, easy to reach from all the airports. The conference hotel is right in the middle of the centre of Rome and you can visit all the sights on foot.

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

Thursday 21st June 2018

  • Arrival and Registration. Informal welcome and light dinner at Beef Bazar a modern and lively restaurant where modern Roman inhabitants like to go.

Friday 22nd June 2018

  • UWE Conference Day –  SPAZIO EUROPA, via Quattro Novembre 149, 00187 Roma

    • 9.00 – 9.30: Participants registration

    • 9.30 – 10.10: Introductions and Opening/Welcome

    • 10.10 – 11.30: Contributions

    • 11.30 – 11.50 – coffee break

    • 11.50 – 13.30: Contributions

    • 13.30 – 14.30: Lunch break

    • 14.30 – 16.00: Workshops

    • 16.00 – 16.20: Coffee break

    • 16.00 – 17.00: Interventions and Clear venue

    • 20.30: Roman Evening at a classic Roman restaurant Il Giubileo, Via di Porta Cavalleggeri 145, 00165 Roma.

Saturday 23rd June 2018 – 

  • UWE Annual General Meeting –  Valdese Temple, Piazza Cavour 32, 00193 Roma
    • 9.00 – 10.00: Collective Complaint on the Pay Gap

    • 10.00 – 10:20: Coffee break

    • 10.20 – 13.20: Reports on activities by NFAs, elections for President and Secretary General

    • 13.20 – 14.20: Lunch

    • 14.20 – 16.00: Annual General Meeting: date and place next Conference

    • 20.30: Gala dinner at Barberini Palace, Via delle Quattro Fontane 13, 00186 Roma

Workshop proposals

We welcome proposals for workshops on (aspects of) the conference theme. Submit your proposal to boarduwe@gmail.com ultimately by the 30th of April 2018 including 10 lines as a summary and a maximum of 300 words on the content of the workshop. Workshops should last no longer than 40 minutes, with approximately 15 minutes presentation. A comparison with at least one other European country is preferable. Deadline for workshop proposals: 30 April 2018.

Conference Venue and hotel

The conference will take place in the heart of Rome, not far from the Cicerone Hotel. We have found a wonderful luxurious four star hotel in the Vatican Area a very reasonable price. Hotel Cicerone is right in the centre and you can walk to all the famous monuments in Rome: Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, Castle St Angelo, Mole Adriana, Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Of course you will also be able to go shopping along the main street as Via Cola di Rienzo and a lively fresh food market. We have a very special arrangement and need to know who is going to visit Cicerone Hotel as soon as possible. 

Hotel Cicerone (http://ww.hotelcicerone.com/) offers comfortable rooms, including breakfast,

  • Double room (€ 137,00 two persons including breakfast)

  • Triple room (€ 182,00 three persons including breakfast)

  • Single room (€ 110,00 one person including breakfast)

To reserve a room a 30% deposit must be paid in advance of the cost of total stay at the following bank details: putting your name and Cicerone Hotel’s name :

International Language School
IBAN: IT14R0200805007000102096560
Bank: UNICREDIT spa – Fil. Roma Giulio Cesare – Viale Giulio Cesare n. 90 – 00192 Roma
Swift: UNCRITM1003

Please send an email to uweromeconference@gmail.com with the receipt of money sent.

One-day and two-day excursions post
conference. Price approximately € 60,00 / € 150,00. Further information will follow soon on the website: www.universitywomenofeurope.org / www. uweboard.wordpress.com and Facebook.

Sunday 24th June 2018

  • One day guided tour Rome Colosseum; Venice square, Vittoriano, Museum Capitolini, Campidoglio, Imperium Forum, Mercati di Traiano. A busy and exciting day including lunch.  At least ten people maximum 25 (of  course we can form more groups). Price: 40 EUR each person

  • Option to go to one of the many museums or hop on hop off bus.

Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of June 2018

  • Two day tour Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana. Approximately 30 kilometres out of Rome a lovely historical village with great views . Stay over in a small hotel with hot water baths. From there it is easy to go to the airport. Plan a return trip in the afternoon. Price: 240 EUR per person

Participation Fee Conference
The fee includes documentation, coffee, tea, lunches and dinners during the conference . The gala dinner at Barberini Palace is € 60,00 including beverages.

UWE members
Early bird (paid before 30
 April 2018): € 215,00; one day € 120,00
Young members (born after 1980): € 185,00; one day 110,00
Fee (paid after 30
 April 2018): € 250,00; one day € 150,00

Note: Non-members will pay 30 Euro’s extra for a year membership fee of University Women of Europe. The conference fee includes conference registration, all lunches, coffee/tea and conference, Roman Evening, documentation. If you would like to join us only for the festive dinner at a special location the fee is 45 Euro. 

If you want to attend the conference, please online register here. Early bird registration is open until 30 April 2018!

More information:
Please contact the organisation via uweromeconference@gmail.com attention to Pina Foti and Gabriella Anselmi.

Payment must be made at:

Gabriella Anselmi

causal transfer: G. Anselmi – Rome Conference – AGM UWE 2018


BANCA FIDEURAM – Via Cicerone, 54/B – 00193 ROMA (RM), 06 322 3840

Address: Gabriella Anselmi, Via di Trasone 43, 00199 ROMA (RM) – 00393482828500

IBAN: IT69Q0329601601000067169493 

Bank to Bank Transfer – Please use your name as a reference for your booking.

Should you for any reason decide not to come the following cancellation rules apply for the participation fee conference:

50% after April 30th 2018

75% after May 15th 2018

100% after June 1st 2018

Any questions? 

Please contact the Organizing Committee:

Gabriella Anselmi and Pina Foti: uweromeconference@gmail.com