Conference “Voicing young researchers for the future of Europe: Trends, challenges and policies”


University of Malta (Malta) February 14-15, 2023

Committee Lead: Maria Brown


The Valletta Campus, which is housed in the Old University Building, dates back to the founding of the Collegium Melitense in 1592.

This Campus serves as a prestigious setting for the hosting of international conferences, seminars, short courses and summer schools. It is also the venue of

The Valletta Campus has two entrances, one on St Paul Street and another on Merchants Street. University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080, Malta

The meeting is organized by University of Malta, with the support of the International Year for Basic Science and Sustainable Development 2022 #IYBSSD2022, under the auspices of Organisation of Basic Science for Sustainable Development and of the European Platform of Women Scientists,

Travelling to, from and within Malta

Malta has only one International Airport – the Malta International Airport (MLA), located in Luqa. However, the locality is sometimes labelled as Valletta (capital city) on some search engines – it is the same international airport. Book your flight to and from this airport, which offers a wide selection for international guests.

In Malta, public bus transport is generally well networked and will enable you to make your way around. More information available here.

There are direct buses from the airport to most locations in Malta, especially locations with high concentration of tourist accommodation, such as: Valletta (locality where the conference venue is located) – Bus X4

The conference venue, the University of Malta Valletta Campus (not to be mistaken with the Msida Campus!), is centrally located and can be reached by direct bus transfer from different localities as indicated here. More information here.

For those using smart phones connected to WIFI or mobile data, Tallinja app may be downloaded and consulted for real time information on the best routes and time schedules to arrive to a destination from any given location. The app is downloadable from here.

Bus tickets can be purchased on the bus itself – in which case it is strongly recommended to keep small change handy, e.g., €2 coins, €5 bill. The bus ticket prices range between €2 and €3 approximately, depending on route and time of journey. VISA card payments are also accepted.

For multiple journeys it is worthwhile considering purchase of block tickets or tallinja card. More information here.

Alternatively, taxis are also available from the airport and most locations, or by calling directly at the taxi companies’ offices, such as the one listed below:

  • eCabs +356 2138 3838 – eCabs also provide service through app system.
  • yellowcabs +356 2298 2222

Please consult the COST reimbursement regulations concerning taxi journeys.


All plenaries and main parallel sessions will be available on line. The MC members who will be not able to participate in person receive Zoom or TEAMS links.

February 14Plenary: 9.30-11.00

Parallel Session 1 – Female and minority researchers and faculty: (In)Visibility in data and untold stories 11.30-13.00

Parallel Session 2 – Precarity in academia: intersectional perspectives 11.30-13.00

Parallel Session 3 – PAPERS: Early career researchers’ voices in universities and research performing institutions 11.30-13.00

Parallel Session 4 – Discrimination and gender-based violence in higher education 15.00-16.30

Parallel Session 5 – Female and minority researchers and faculty: (In)Visibility in data and untold stories 15.00-16.30

Parallel Session 6 – Precarity in academia: intersectional perspectives 15.00-16.30

Parallel Session 7 – Discrimination and gender-based violence in higher education 17.00-18.30

Parallel Session 8 – Precarity in academia: intersectional perspectives 17.00-18.30

Session 9 – Early career researchers’ voices in universities and research performing institutions17.00-18.30

February 15

Parallel Session 10 – Early career researchers’ voices in universities and research performing institutions 9.30-11.00

Parallel Session 11 – WORKSHOP: Stephen D. Hancock, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina (US): Intersectionality: Race & Research (Intersectionality Theme Workshop) 9.30-11.00

Parallel Session 12 – WORKSHOP: Sara Pilia, European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc), Belgium: Workshop for Young Researchers 9.30-11.00

Parallel Session 13 – Female and minority researchers and faculty: (In)Visibility in data and untold stories11.30-13.00

Parallel Session 14 – Broader contexts 1: Inequalities in societies11.30-13.00

Parallel Session 15 – Broader contexts 2: Inequalities in societies 11.30-13.00

Parallel Session 16 – WORKSHOP (Discrimination Theme): Fatos Ozkan Erciyas & Sibel Orhan, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom: Intersectionality Informed EDI Workshop 15.00-15.45

Parallel Session 17 – WORKSHOP (Early-career Theme): Filips Godinho & Thais França, Cies-Iscte, Portugal: Together we stand: Creating Ph.D. nurturing communities 15.00-15.45

Parallel Session 18 – WORKSHOP (Precarity Theme): Claudia Schwarz Plaschg, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK): Playing a mapping game for imagining alternative academic future 15.00-15.45 PLENARY- 16.00-18.30 group meetings on February 16

Working Group Meetings – Plenary10.00-11.15

Working Group 1 – 11.00-13.30

Working Group 2 – 11.00-13.30

Working Group 3 – 11.00-13.30

Working Group 4 – 11.00-13.30

Working Group 5 – 15.00-18.00

Working Group 6 – 15.00-18.00

Family Photo

Information to be updated

Conference Dinner and Social Programme

Registration and payment gateway for the social programme (against additional payment) comprising a Walking Tour of Mdina (old capital city) and Conference Dinner on 15 February 2023, is now available here.


Participants according to COST rules will be asked to pay for lunch themselves.

Call for papers – Abstracts submission [CLOSE]

Abstracts are invited from researchers and stakeholders to present works-in-progress or published papers, posters or other audio-visual presentations that stimulate discussion and debate and help discern and gauge trends, challenges and policies impacting young researchers, their futures; and related intersections with the present and the future of research and innovation. Interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches and perspectives are strongly encouraged.

The VOICES network will consider papers accepted for this conference for open access publication in one of the forthcoming scientific publications of this Action.

Abstracts of 200 words need to include, with 3-4 keywords and details of the author/s that specify affiliation, engagement/employment status in this affiliation and designation.

Kindly use the form provided here to submit your abstract:

Only submissions made through this form will be considered for selection.


Criteria for selection include:

(1) Interdisciplinarity & intersectional approach

(2) In line with the topic of the conference

(3) Contribution towards policy

The scientific committee is tasked with selecting abstracts that show evidence of excellence whilst securing participation of researchers at diverse stages of their careers, with attention to the inclusion of young researchers, COST intensive target countries, and researchers with minority and intersectional backgrounds.


A limited number of participants’ travel and subsistence expenses can be funded through COST, subject to COST Regulations applicable at the time.

Kindly specify in the submission form if COST funding is required.

A limited number of self-funded presenters are also welcomed to participate.

No registration fees are applicable.

Key dates

Final date to submit abstracts: 10 December 2022

Communication of decision on abstract submission: 15 December 2022

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Funded by

This Conference is based upon work from “Making Early Career Investigators’ Voices Heard for Gender Equality” (VOICES) CA20137, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.