The objective of the 2nd FEMINA Convention is for partners to continue learning about barriers to female participation in high-tech enterprises and begin exchanging on the possible solutions to be adopted. 

The Convention begins with an exchange session to share and review updated regional input to the Understanding Barriers template, with specific sector and policy focus. It continues with an Expert Seminar to discuss and validate the Understanding Solutions template and start identifying Good Practices (GPs).

The Convention is open to partners and local stakeholders interested in and contributing to the project theme. 

DAY 1: 14th March 2019

08.30 – 17.00

Venue: Politeia, Agios Loukas, Lamia

08.30 – 13.00: Exchange session

08.30 – 09.00: Registration of participants and welcome coffee

09.00 - 09.30: Welcome

Welcome from representative of Region Sterea Ellada

09.30 – 09:45: Opening and plenary session

Meeting objectives, approach and methodology. Sara Bonci, Arezzo Innovazione, Irene Pettinelli, Resolvo

09:45 – 10:00: The role of women of Sterea Ellada in R&I sectors. Prof. Thanos Kakarountas, Regional Council of Research and Innovation

10.00 – 11.15: Validating barriers

Presentation of results of the analysis carried-out at project level on Understanding Barriers. Irene Pettinelli, Resolvo

Interactive session, where partners discuss and validate the barriers identified that can be addressed by FEMINA. This builds on and completes the work undertaken within the FEMINA Understanding Barriers and Enablers Input Template – part 2 – step 1 - Validate Identified Barriers.

11.15 – 11.45: Coffee Break

11.45 – 13.00: Understanding sector specific barriers and moving on to solutions

Interactive session, where partners work in groups and discuss sector specific barriers. This builds on and completes the work undertaken within the FEMINA Understanding Barriers and Enablers Input Template – part 2 – step 2 Sector Specific Analysis.

• Introduction to the session, Irene Pettinelli, Resolvo

• Mapping partners’ S3 sectors (each partner tells the sectors included in their Smart Specialisation Strategy. Very short list of sectors - 2 minutes per partner)

• Group work on sector-specific nature of validated barriers - 40 minutes

• Conclusions from each group – 20 minutes

13.00 – 14.00: Light lunch

14.00 – 17.30: Expert Seminar

The objective of the seminar is to start working on SOLUTIONS, sharing experiences and discussing how solutions will be gathered and presented within FEMINA. The seminar has an interactive format, focusing on the 3 groups of tools identified in FEMINA: Communication and awareness raising; Soft support and dedicated structures; Economic and financial support.


14.00 – 14.15: Introduction, Isabelle-Louise Aabel & Marte B. Drageset, GCE Node

14.15 – 14.35: The academic perspective: What does the research say? Isabelle-Louise Aabel & Marte B. Drageset, GCE Node

14.35 – 14.45: Presentation of GP 1: Protocol of agreement for the development of female enterprises and female entrepreneurs, Sara Bonci, Arezzo Innovazione

14.45 – 15.05: The business perspective: Why NEW (Node Eyde Women)? Colleen Delane-Skibsrud, NEW

15.05 – 15.15: Presentation of GP 2: EveryGirl Everywhere, A. Brinzoi, D. Popescu, ADR Bucharest Ilfov

15.15 – 15.35: The Regional perspective, Helle I. Mellingen, Vest-Agder County Council

15.35 – 15.45: Presentation of GP3: Regional Committee for Gender Equality, Fotis Gogoulos, Sterea Ellada

15.45 – 16.00 – Coffee-break


16.00 – 16.45: Round 1 - Interregional tables

16.50 – 17.10: Round 2 - Regional tables: in light of what was discussed in Round 1, how does this relate to our region? Please review your GP templates based on what we`ve discussed so far.

17.10 – 17.30: Roundtable Discussion: Summary from participants

17.30 – End of Day 1

Networking dinner

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DAY 2: 15th March 2019

09.00 – 13:00

Venue: Amphiheater 1, Faculty of Science, University of Thessaly

09.00 – 13.00: Steering Group Meeting 2

09.00 – 09.45: Conclusions from Day 1

Sara Bonci, Arezzo Innovazione, Irene Pettinelli, Resolvo 

09.45 – 10.30: Engaging with stakeholders

Irene Pettinelli, Resolvo

10.30 – 11.00: Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.00: Management and Communication

Irene Pettinelli, Resolvo and Marte B. Drageset, GCE Node

12.00 – 12.30: 3rd FEMINA Convention and GP Transfer Workshop in Kristiansand

Setting dates and co-creating the agenda. Marte B. Drageset, Isabelle-Louise Aabel, GCE NODE (host partner GCE Node), Sara Bonci, Arezzo Innovazione.

12.30 – 13.00: Next activities and Round Up

Focus on next steps and deadlines, round up of the meeting – Sara Bonci, Arezzo Innovazione, Irene Pettinelli, Resolvo

13.00 - End of 2nd FEMINA Convention