Breaking Biases and Envisioning Inclusion: A Roundtable Discussion for International Women’s Day 2022 – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


Breaking Biases and Envisioning Inclusion: A Roundtable Discussion for International Women’s Day 2022

Mary Barlow

Head of Campus Engagement and Capital Projects @EMBL-EBI

Kristina Djinović-Carugo

Head of the Department of Structural and Computational Biology, Max F. Perutz Laboratories @University of Vienna

Louise Mullany

Professor in Sociolinguistics, Faculty of Arts @University of Nottingham


The theme for 2022’s International Women’s Day is ‘Break the Bias’, and this roundtable will examine the types of bias that affect women, how our current understandings of ‘leadership’ are biased, and what a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable world might look like. 

Our three speakers will each give a short presentation, followed by a few follow-up questions from the moderator, and then we will open the floor to audience questions and allow the speakers to discuss and engage with each other as well as the audience.



Mary Barlow heads up a small team of project managers and facilities experts at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), covering projects as diverse as estate services, impact assessment and the development of the BioImage Archive. Prior to taking on this role Mary was the Programme Manager for the multi-million pound investment in EMBL-EBI by the UK government’s Large Facilities Capital Fund. This programme included the construction of new office space and the on-going public procurement of ICT infrastructure to support EMBL-EBI’s growing public databases. Mary’s work prior to EMB-EBI focused on ICT integration and intelligent buildings with Turner and Townsend a construction consultancy firm. She began her career working in an engineering workshop at Sellafield Nuclear plant. She transitioned to broadcast engineering projects with BBC Technology after obtaining her degree in Maths and Engineering at Nottingham University.

Kristina Djinović-Carugo received her MSc in Chemistry from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and her PhD in Structural Biology, from the University of Pavia, Italy in 1992. After the post-doctoral stage at the University of Pavia, she moved to EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany (1995) where she stayed first as EMBO post-doctoral fellow and then as staff scientist. In 1999 she joined Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy, as the head of the Unit of Structural Biology and Crystallography. Since 2004 she has been the Chair of Molecular Structural Biology at the University of Vienna, and since 2009 the Head of the Department of Structural and Computation. Her main scientific interests are the molecular mechanisms underlying the architecture and assembly of the Z-discs – the boundaries between the basic contractile units of striated muscle – the sarcomeres. She combinesbiochemical, molecular biophysics and structural biology methods on reconstituted complexes and their components and combines in integrative structural modelling of Z-disc assembles.

Professor Louise Mullany is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Nottingham UK. She has researched communication and gender inequality for the last 25 years and published a number of books and articles in this area with international publishing houses. She is founder and director of Linguistic Profiling for Professionals, a research centre and business unit based at the University. She has delivered research-based consultancy and training in diversity and inclusion to over 300 businesses and organisations, from SMEs through to large multinationals in public, private and third sectors. Her most recent work focuses on gender-based violence and hate crime in public spaces. She was winner of a Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community in 2021 for her joint work on gender-based violence and hate crime. She has presented her research in a number of global locations including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Kenya, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Uganda.


Renata Stripecke is currently an Associate Professor (W2) in the Department of Hematology, Hemostasis, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at the Hannover Medical School and a guest-professor at the University Hospital Cologne, where she will join the as a full professor (W3) and Chair for Translational Immuno-Oncology in July 2022. Renata’s focus is the use of gene and immunotherapies for the treatment and eradication of cancer. Renata is a molecular biologist with specialization in immunology and oncology. She obtained her PhD at EMBL in Heidelberg, and later her habilitation at the UKE in Hamburg. She performed her post-doctoral training in immunotherapy at the University of Southern California and was an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received the Research Special Fellow Award of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Howard Temin Award of the US-National Cancer Institute. She participated as organizer of several Conferences and Symposia “Women in Science” including in 2016 and 2017 the “EMBL/ DFG Women in Science Network” meetings. She also participated as a mentor in the EMBL Leap program.

Date: 8 Mar 2022

Location: Virtual

Time: 12:30