3x20 min + 60 min disscusion

Why it's so important for girls to find role models in female scientists? Aim of this round table disscusion is to highlight the value of supporting women in their career choices by creating a platform for dialog between experienced professionals and motivated young women scientists.


Paloma Fernandez Sanchez
Paloma Fernandez Sanchez
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Facultad de Ciencias Físicas

Depto. Física de Materiales

Madrid, Spain
Katalin Balázsi
Katalin Balázsi
Centre for Energy Research
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Secretary of Hungarian Society for Material Science
President of Association of Hungarian Women in Science


Anna Zervaki
Anna Zervaki
Laboratory of Materials
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Thessaly, Greece

Anna Zervaki graduated as a Mining and Metallurgical Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens in 1989. After graduation she joined the Laser Applications Group at IESL/FORTH, and in 1991 she moved to MIRTEC SA, in Volos Greece. She partially returned to the University in 1996, and in 2004 received her Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Thessaly. In 2002, she joined the Materials Laboratory, where currently she is working as a Laboratory Teaching Staff.
Her research interests are in the field of Structure-Processing-Properties-Performance interactions in metallic materials/Computational alloy thermodynamics and kinetics/Laser welding/FSW/Shape memory alloys/Failure analysis of Mechanical Components and Structures. She is co-author of about 85 papers published in International journals and Conference Proceedings, and more than 300 failure analysis reports to the Industry. Since 2010 she is President of the Hellenic Metallurgical Society, and is actively involved in the organisation of EUROMAT 2017, as the chair of the Managing Committee.

Fanni Szigeti
Fanni Szigeti
Association of Hungarian Women in Science

The mission of the Association of Hungarian Women in Science is to support efforts and initiatives that help to achieve the equal treatment of men and women in the field of science and education.

National Action Plan
Research on equal opportunities
Supporting women’s career in science
Increasing the role of women in scientific research
Influencing public opinion and attitudes

Fanni Szigeti has been working for the Association of Hungarian Women in Science since it’s establishment, 2008. She made her bachelor degree in business and management at Budapest University of Technology and Economics and defended her thesis on “Women in Science – focus on motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields” in 2012. She is responsible for all administrative and financial tasks related to the organization. She is running the Association’s everyday activities, and is managing the programs Girls’ Day, Girls in ICT Day, Shadowing Days, SCIndikator,Teachers’ Days etc.
Fanni coordinated the international V4 Girls’ Day project supported by the Visegrad Fund and lead the STEM Girls Go Hard project funded by the ALCOA Foundation. Her responsibilities include PR activities, as well. She is representing the Association in the European Center of Women and Technology (ECWT) and is the head of its National Point of Contact.

Joe D'angelo
Joe D'angelo
Executive Publisher, Materials Engineering, Elsevier

Joe has over ten years of academic publishing experience, and has been with Elsevier since 2013, working on the built environment journals prior to joining the materials science team in 2016. During his publishing career he has worked in various disciplines, including sustainability publishing, as well as stints in health and life sciences. He is now responsible for the materials engineering journals, which includes the Acta Materialia Inc. journals, a number of other well-established materials engineering journals, and the newly launched HardwareX. Joe has a keen interest in using the tools and networks at Elsevier to connect communities across disciplines and sectors. He has been involved in a number of initiatives aimed at broadening the reach of scientific research papers and encouraging different methods of communication to help lay foundations for future areas of research.

Women in Science: Using data in academic publishing to increase diversity
Scientific publishers can, and must, play a role in driving equality in research – through editorial and peer review policies, positive action in modifying editorial appoints and adapting to information gained from detailed analysis of the publishing landscape. Journals and conferences are not only supposed to help drive science, but also reflect the diversity of the field that they serve. This diversity involves balancing the field when it comes to age, geographical distribution or gender.
Being involved with an academic journal in any editorial role is a prestigious appointment and does have a direct involvement and impact on the academic community that the journal serves. Therefore the gender balance of editorial boards has been identified as an area of primary focus. By making a decision to ensure we are selecting more female scientists and increasing the visibility of editorial boards, more female role models will be formed in the academic world. The aim is to improve this ratio through attentive editorial recruitment to better represent the materials science community served by these journals.
Other initiatives include improving the gender diversity of speakers at Elsevier conferences which has a direct correlation on gender balance of participants, incorporating unconscious bias into peer review training and on awards committees, and leveraging Elsevier´s large datasets to produce actionable analytics, such as the Gender in the Global Research Landscape (2017).

Erzsébet Illés
Erzsébet Illés
Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science University of Szeged Szeged, Hungary

Erzsébet Illés received her PhD in Environmental Chemistry in 2005 and started her carrier as assistant researcher in Nanostructured Materials academic research group in Szeged. Since 2006, including multiple maternity leaves and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Vinča Nuclear Institute (Belgrade, Serbia), she is research associate at the Colloid Chemistry and later at Physical Chemistry and Materials Science Department, University of Szeged. In her career she has coordinated 2 postdoctoral research projects and she has been the tutor of students for their Master’s thesis and co-mentor of 1 PhD student.Her research is focusing on colloids, magnetic nanoparticles and their biomedical application; she is author of more than 40 papers in international journals and conference proceedings with 2000+ citations, current H index is 17 (Google Scholar).

Anikó Gregor
Anikó Gregor
Assistant Professor, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Social Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

In research, Anikó Gregor focuses on the sociology of gender. She is the author or co-author of a number of studies examining relations of neoliberalism, feminism and the system of gender inequalities. Earlier she was in charge of a research group at ELTE, which examined the presence of sexism and sexual violence myths as well as the experience of sexual or other sexual-based forms of violence among the students of the university. In her presentation, she aims to highlight that structural gender inequality issues, such as e.g. gendered division of paid and unpaid labour, care responsibilities or violence, within and outside the sphere of academia significantly limit the possibilities of women. As a consequence, systemic and not individual changes are required in order to provide and achieve equal gender relations, not just in the sphere of academia.