Gender, Sex and Diversity 12 – 13 May 2022
EPP symposium 144

Rates of specific psychopathologies and the related symptomatology (e.g., pain) profile may vary by gender. Therefore, it is important to study the links between gender, sex, and psychopathology. Understanding gender- and sex-specific experimental research is beneficial to provide us with insight into this complex web. As a social level, sex and gender differences may also be expressed in academia and perhaps already during your PhD studies – you might have already encountered the ugly face of stereotypical expectations. Understanding and acknowledging the impact of these stereotypes is key to start a change agency. In this two-day symposium we aim to cover a wide range of topics on this relevant and topical theme of sex and gender differences, from its impact on brain development to sexual behaviour, to stereotypes.


May 12-13, 2022

Hotel Kapellerput, Heeze

Marieke De Witte (UM), Charmaine Borg (RUG), Ann Meulders (UM, KU Leuven)


May 12th
Day 1:
10.30 – 11:00 Welcome and walk-in coffee/tea
11.00 – 12:00 Ed Keogh (University of Bath, UK): Sex, Gender and Pain: Past, Present and Future
12:00 – 13.00 Lunch break
13.00 – 14.00 Jim Pfaus (Charles University, Czech Republic): Sex and gender differences in experimental designs for sexual behavior: A storied past with a multistoried future
14.00 – 14.15 Short break coffee/tea
14.15 – 15.15 PhD talks
1. Fabian Wolters: ‘Conditioning the cortisol awakening response’
2. Christiane Wesarg: Efforts towards gaining a better understanding of psychophysiological correlates of childhood adversity
15.15 – 15.30 Short break – coffee/tea
15:30 16:30 Christian Merz (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany): Let’s talk about sex … differences in emotion and cognition
16.30 – 17.30 Walk, run and…relax
May 13th
Day 2:
9.00 – 10:00 Thomas Steensma (Amsterdam University Medical Center): Transgender health in a non-binary world
10:00 – 10.15 Short break   coffee/tea
10.15 – 11.30 Thomas Steensma (Amsterdam University Medical Center): small group discussion on how gender stereotypes are implicated in your own PhD project
11:30 – 12:30 Lara Wierenga (LU): Beyond mean sex difference: sex differences in variability and vulnerability of brain development
12:30  – 13:30 Lunch
13.30 – 14:30 Constance Sommerey (UM-FEM): Gender equity in academia: of glass ceilings, revolving doors and leaky pipelines
14:30 – 15.30 1. Mandy Woelk
2. Yoki Mertens

15.30                        END



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