Challenges and Future Directions in Gender Research

Dear Participants,

as we are sure you are aware, this year’s general meeting in Krakow has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. At present, the executive group and local organising committee are hoping to hold the next general meeting in Summer 2021, although this will depend on how the global pandemic develops.

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstance we have made the difficult decision to postpone the gender research pre-conference until the next general meeting takes place. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks for your interest in participating.

We appreciate that postponing the pre-conference is disappointing, but we feel this is the best option moving forward. Likewise, we understand that not all participants will be available or able to travel to next general meeting, but for those who wish to attend your place will be guaranteed. In addition, it is likely that we will have enough room to accommodate those on the waiting list too. We would like to thank Joanne Pyrkosz-Pacyna from the Faculty of Humanities at AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków for their help with this.

Please subscribe to our list to be kept up to date about the preconference and connect with other gender/diversity researchers in social psychology here. We will be in touch again once there is more information about the date of the next EASP General Meeting.

In the meantime, stay safe and stay well.

Best wishes,
Levke Henningsen
Aife Hopkins-Doyle
Maria Olsson
Julian Anslinger
Sabine Sczesny


The aim of this pre-conference is to bring together a diverse group of gender researchers to discuss challenges and future directions for the field. 

This pre-conference will focus on relevant topic areas (i.e. gender roles and stereotyping in social and occupational spheres) as well as important structural challenges to gender researchers (i.e. bias and backlash to academic research on gender). The day will begin, with an invited talk from Professor Alice H. Eagly on the current state of gender research and future directions for the field. Following this, invited speakers will give research presentations (15-20 minutes) on our key topic areas: gender roles and stereotyping in social and occupational fields. Participants will then break off into roundtable groups and work together to identify key challenges and opportunities to advancement of research in the key topic areas. In the afternoon session, roundtable findings will be presented and discussed. Finally, a panel discussion with all panellists and participants on “backlash to and challenges for gender researchers” will examine research on bias to gender research and personal experiences of backlash. This pre-conference is open to all interested scholars at any level.   

The preconference will be free of charge. We might, however, collect some money to balance our expenses for food and beverages.