Parallel Session 4 - Structural violence and harassment within scientific environment

Sunday, 29 March, 2020 - 09:00 - 10:30
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We all want to work in healthy environments and be surrounded by positively motivating factors. Recently, Geneva’s 108th International Labour Conference approved a new Convention and Recommendation to combat violence and harassment at work with an overwhelming majority.
Researchers increasingly occupy a panoply of professional areas both in academia and the business world. This session will address the specificity of this professional category tackling the structural violence and harassment phenomenon. We will discuss, among other issues:
the real personal and professional cost of becoming scientists and succeeding within the profession…?
the research culture that often promotes the acceptance of a certain level of bullying/mobbing…?
100 years more for equal payment…?
Is preventing and combating isolation and providing a scientist with appropriate solutions of mental health support only about a potential victim…?
Tools and Actions for mitigating the structural violence, aiming societal transformation, on the one hand, and structural best practises’ effective attraction, on the other, are discussed and contrasted between the panellists.


Karen Stroobants
As a policy adviser for the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge, UK, I write policy documents and advocacy plans to influence regulation related to research environments, researcher careers and open science. I transitioned to a career in policy after I concluded my Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, where I worked on the molecular understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. I became an active member of MCAA over three years ago and am vice-chair of the MCAA Policy Working Group since 2018.
Stéphanie Gauttier
Stéphanie Gauttier is Assistant Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management. She conducts research at the intersection of information systems, human-computer interaction, and ethics. Stéphanie holds a PhD in management information system, a masters in Political Sciences, and a masters in Communication Sciences. Stéphanie was part of the ITN EDUWORKS and then received an IF for the project GLASNOST. She participated to other European projects such as SATORI and Responsible-Industry. Stéphanie was nominated on the list of 400 women in the NL across all industries in the "bright mind" category in 2018, and have received the Brenner award for my work in Q-methodology in 2019.


Lidia Natalia Trusilewicz
Lidia is an originator of the session topic and the panel moderator. Her contributions in the session involve the 14-year professional both academic and industrial or R&D European sector perspectives (3 public universities, 2 multinationals, 1 public research institute, 2 state agencies, 1 private non-profit transfer technology centre), from which she gained the numerous professional intra and inter-dimensional insights. She is the MSCA-IF-2016 and MSCA-EST-2004 grants recipient. Since 2018, she has been actively involved within Policy Working Group of MCAA. Regarding her technical competences, Lidia is also a European Commission's Subject matter expert on several interdisciplinary areas: chemical and environmental engineering, civil engineering, waste treatment, circular economy, material engineering. Since 2017, she has become the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) programme honoured ambassador.