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Impact of Covid-19 on Women in Higher Education

Date and Time
December 1: 5pm (LA/Vancouver)
December 2: 9am (Hong Kong), 12pm (Sydney)
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

When countries across the Asia Pacific went into lockdown in early 2020 we didn’t realize the effect it would take on women. The OECD reports that women fuel the fight against COVID-19, making up almost 70% of the health care workforce and making them more vulnerable to infection. At the same time, women are also shouldering much of the burden at home, given school and child care facility closures and longstanding gender inequalities in unpaid work. Women also face high risks of job and income loss, and face increased risks of violence, exploitation, abuse or harassment during times of crisis and quarantine.

Women in academia have suffered a similar fate, with research outputs plummeting during lockdown while men’s have increased. In this webinar, leading researchers discuss the challenges that women face during the lockdown and strategies to overcome barriers to publishing, forging new research partnerships, and establishing funding. What policies can universities take to address these challenges?

This webinar is organized by APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Program and The University of Sydney.

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Prof. Katherine Belov (Moderator)
Professor of Comparative Genomics and Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney

Professor Kathy Belov is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Sydney. In this position she takes responsibility for managing the development and execution of the University’s global engagement strategy. Key priorities are the development of the capacity of academic and professional staff to support international student learning and international research collaborations, and to achieve educational excellence in the international arena. She also promotes the University’s position in the international academic and research community, and identifies and enables strategic opportunities for partnership and collaboration in research and education.

Kathy’s research is based in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) and her focus is on comparative genomics and immunogenetics of Australian wildlife. Her team study Tasmanian devils, koalas, wallabies, platypus and many other species. Kathy has received two Eureka awards, the Crozier medal and the Fenner medal for her research.

Bahar Mehmani, PhD

Dr. Bahar Mehmani is Reviewer Experience Lead in the Global STM journals at Elsevier. She works on several peer review initiatives and projects, all of which are designed to recognize reviewers’ contribution to the progress of science. Bahar is co-chair of Peer Review Week 2020 Events and International Outreach committee, Vice-chair of the peer review committee and council member of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE). She received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2010. Before joining Elsevier, she was a postdoc researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL).

Prof. Joanna Regulska
Vice provost and Dean of Global Affairs and Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, UC Davis

Professor Joanna Regulska is vice provost and dean of Global Affairs and professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis. For more than 30 years Regulska has led programs that have transformed institutions, established collaborative partnerships, and improved services for students, faculty, and staff. Two of the visionary initiatives Regulska is leading at UC Davis include: striving to provide all students with valuable global learning experiences through Global Education for All; and strengthening global research, education and engagement through Global Centers. A respected scholar, Regulska’s research concentrates on women’s political activism, grassroots mobilization, decentralization, democracy and democratization.

Prof. Mai-har Sham
Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Biomedical Sciences, CUHK

Professor Mai Har Sham is a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Choh-Ming Li Professor of Biomedical Sciences. Professor Sham obtained her BSc and MPhil degrees in Biology at CUHK. She was awarded a Croucher Foundation Scholarship and pursued her PhD in Biochemistry in the University of Cambridge. She received her postdoctoral training in Developmental Genetics in the National Institute for Medical Research in London, U.K. Professor Sham joined the University of Hong Kong as a lecturer and progressed to full professor. She headed the Department of Biochemistry, where she promoted not only excellent research, but also good practice in teaching. She was dedicated to medical and science curriculum development, she led the design and establishment of the first Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences curriculum in Hong Kong.

Prof. Kalindi Vora
Director of Feminist Research Institute and Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and Director of the Feminist Research Institute, UC Davis

Professor Kalindi Vora is Director of the Feminist Research Institute and Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at UC Davis. She previously taught at UC San Diego Ethnic Studies and was affiliated with the Science Studies Program and the Critical Gender Program.

Her current research includes ongoing writing on legal and social justice concerns connected to assisted reproductive technologies in the transnational commercial surrogacy, on autoimmunity and patient self-tracking and self-treatment, and on establishing models for “feminist science shops” at UC Universities. She has also just completed a co-edited book project on the racial and gendered politics informing contemporary robotics and artificial intelligence design with Neda Atanasoski for a book entitled, Surrogate Humanity (Duke University Press, forthcoming).

She has a PhD in History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz (Feminist Studies) and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Hawai‘I Manoa, and a BA in Music/Religion from Wesleyan University. She held the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley Anthropology.


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