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Evanthia K. Schmidt

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Evanthia Kalpazidou Schmidt

Associate professor/Research director

Department of Political Science, Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy

Bartholins Allé 7, 8000, Aarhus C, Denmark

E-mail:eks@ps.au.dk, Phone:+4587165896


Studies in research and research policy; European science and innovation policy; Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI); Citizen Science; Impact of knowledge governance and policy; research evaluation; European policy evaluation; gender in knowledge production and diversity in organisations; European gender policies and strategies; Higher education policy and governance; Quality and internationalisation in higher education; Comparative cross-national studies.

Academic positions

  • Associate professor/Research director, Aarhus University (2004/2011 - )
  • Visiting professor, Oxford University (2018, 2022); Oslo Metropolitan University (2019-2022, 20% position)
  • Researcher, the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (2001-2004)
  • Senior external lecturer, Copenhagen University (1994-2000)
  • Doctor fellow, Uppsala University
  • Visiting lecturer, Tokyo University, Japan
  • Project leader, Uppsala University and Directorate for Universities and Higher Education, Sweden        


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Uppsala University, Sweden (1996)
  • Master of Science, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Bachelor of Science, Stockholm University, Sweden

Other scientific qualifications              

European Commission advisory expertise:

  • Member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for Gender appointed by the European Commission (EC, 2016-2019).
  • National representative, member of the European RTD Evaluation Network (2003 -), appointed by the European Commission and the Danish Ministry of Science.
  • Appointed evaluator of FP7 by the EC, Member of EU Expert Group. Task: Ex-post Evaluation of International Cooperation Activities of the FP7 Capacities Programme (2013-2014).
  • Appointed evaluator of FP7 by the EC, Member of EU Expert Group. Task: Ex-ante Impact Assessment of Horizon 2020, EC, DG Environment (2010-2011).
  • Appointed peer referee evaluator by the EC, DG Research. Evaluator and rapporteur in connection with FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020 project proposals (2005 -).
  • Appointed evaluation expert, assisting the EC, DG Research in Evaluation of the implementation and achievement of FP5 and FP6 (2004-2005). 
  • Appointed peer referee evaluator, assisting the International Association for the Promotion of Co-operation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (INTAS) (2006 -).

Visiting professor

  • Oxford University, UK (invited for a 1 year; 6 months fund provided by the Aarhus University Research Foundation, 2020)
  • Oxford University, UK (invited for 1 year; 4 months fund provided by the Aarhus University Research Foundation, 2018).
  • OsloMetropolitan University, Norway (20% position, 2019-2022)
  • Centre for National University Finance and Management, National Centre of Sciences of Japan (February 2011, fund provided by the Centre).
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium (December 2008, March 2010)
  • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan EU Institute in Japan (August 2006 and February 2009, fund provided by the University).
  • Visiting lecturer, Tokyo University

Membership of Scientific Societies

  • The European Evaluation Society
  • The American Evaluation Association
  • The European Higher Education Society (EAIR)
  • The Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER)
  • The European Platform of Women Scientists
  • Euroscience

International research projects with external funding

  • PI for developing an evaluation framework and indicators, European project EFFORTI “Evaluation Framework for Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation” (3 years, 6 European partners, EU funding 410.500 EUR, total budget app. 2 m. EUR).
  • PI for work package on Evaluation of grounding RRI practices in R&I, European project RESBIOS "RESponsible research and innovation grounding practices in BIOsciences" (3 years, EU funding 171.500 EUR).
  • Responsible for evaluation work project STEP CHANGE "Science Transformation in EuroPe through Citizens involvement in HeAlth, coNservation and enerGy rEsearch" (3 years, EU funding 154. 375 EUR).
  • Responsible for work package on building expertise and institutional measures to improve gender balance through internationalisation, project GAP "Gender, citizenship and academic power" (4 years, funded by the Research Council of Norway, 786.375 NKK).
  • PI for the work package on Monitoring and Evaluation of RRI implementation, European project STARBIOS2 “Structural Transformation to Attain Responsible BIOSciences” (4 years, 12 European, American and South African partners, EU funding 155.000 EUR, total budget 3.5 m. EUR).
  • PI for the structural transformation at Aarhus University, European project “Structural Transformation to Achieve Gender Equality in Science” STAGES (4 years, 7 European partners, EU funding 550.000 EUR, total budget app. 3 m. EUR, completed).
  • PI for work package on mapping gender equality interventions, European project “Practicing Gender Equality in Science” (21 months, 11 European, American and Australian partners, EU and Italian Ministry for Equal Opportunities funding, 175.000 EUR, completed).
  • Project participant, “Quality of Norwegian Higher Education: Pathways, Practices and Performances” with Oslo University and Nordic research organisations (3 years, Research Council of Norway, funding 15 m. NOK).
  • PI, transformation to achieve gender equality, European project “Women’s careers Hitting the Target: Gender Management in Scientific and Technological Research” (27 months, 6 European partners, EU funding, 150.000 EUR, completed).
  • PI for the Danish part of the Nordic project “Career Development Programmes for Women in Science and Technology through Life Long Learning” (2 years, 6 partners, funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers, completed).
  • Leader for Denmark of the European project "Support for continued data collection and analysis concerning mobility patterns and career paths of researchers" (1½ years, 9 European partners, EU funding, completed).
  • PI for the Danish part of the Nordic project “Mobility of Researchers and Knowledge Transfer in the Nordic Region – Patterns, Framework Conditions, Incentives and Trends” (8 months, NordForsk funding, completed).
  • Project participant, ”Autonomi och kvalitet - ett uppföljningsprojekt om implementering och effekter av två högskolereformer i Sverige” (3 years, Swedish Parliament funding, 2 m. SEK, completed).
  • Project participant, “Contextualising and Measuring Research Performance” (3 years, Aarhus University Fund, completed).
  • PI for mapping and experimenting on research capacities in Denmark, European project “Social Sciences and European Research Capacities – Technological Responsibility” (2½ years, 6 European partners, EU funding 310.000 EUR, completed).
  • Partner, project "European Flagship Universities: Balancing academic excellence and socio-economic relevance", Oslo University and other European partners (3 years, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, completed).
  • PI for the Danish part of the OECD-IMHE project “Funding Systems and their Effect on Higher Education Systems” (1½ years, 9 OECD partner countries, completed). 
  • PI for the Danish part of the European project “Rates of Return and Funding Models in Europe” (1 year, 4 partners, EU funding, completed). 
  • Leader for Denmark of the European project “Mapping of Research in European Social Sciences and Humanities” (2 years, 25 partners, EU funding, completed).
  • Partner, European project “Cooperation and Coordination with and between European Intergovernmental Research Organisations and other Research Producing Organisations in the European Research Area” (1½ year, 5 partners, EU funding, completed).
  • Participant, European evaluation project “Five-Year Assessment - External Five-Year Assessment of the implementation and achievements of the European Community and of the European Energy Community research activities (1999-2003)” (EU funding, completed).
  • Participant, Danish project “Dynamic and Innovative Research Environments” (Danish Research Council funding, completed).

International conferences, seminars and workshops (selected)

  • Responsibility in Research & Innovation. Challenges for the biosciences and future policies (organiser and chair of session). December 7, 2022. EURADA, Brussels.
  • Science transformation through citizen involvement in health, conservation and energy research. Engaging Citizen Science Conference April 2022.
  • Expert workshop/webinar: The Gender dimension of Innovation - Development of the European Innovation Scoreboard (invited expert), September 28, 2022.
  • Symposium: Is Academic Mobility Gendered ? Symposium on the internationalization of research careers and its implications for equality policies at national levels. University of Lausanne, November 10-11, 2022.
  • Webinar Reaching Out and Stepping Up - How Citizen Science and RRI can enhance bioscience research, March 28, 2022.
  • Workshop (advisory member/expert participation) - review of Gender Equality Certification scenarios and recommendations, European project, CASPER, January 25, 2022.
  • Introduction to E-discussion (invited key expert) - A Gender Equality Strategy for Researchers: Gender Equality Certification/Award Schemes (GECAS), European project CASPER. June 18, 2021.

  • Organization of the Conference A National model for Gender Equality across Higher Education in Denmark: exploring needs and possibilities (Member of taskforce of DANWISE). February 11, 2021.

  • Workshop Communicating Science with a Gender Perspective: what does this really mean? Organizer, January 28, 2021.

  • Co-creating workshop (invited expert) Gender Equality Certification/Award Schemes (GECAS), European project CASPER January 26 -27, 2021.

  • Responsible Research in Biosciences: Challenges for Mainstreaming. Chair, International Conference. May 29, 2020.
  • The 17th International Conference on Scientometrics & Infometrics. Sapienza University, Rome, September 2-5, 2019 (with Büehrer, et al.). Paper: Evaluation Framework for Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation: How to define suitable indicators to evaluate gender equality effects in R&I systems.
  • ScanBalt Forum 2019. Molecular Biology and Immunology of Cancer R&D Perspectives. Paper: the Challenges of Monitoring and Assessing RRI in Biosciences. Gdansk, September 24-25.
  • ETHAC, The European Triple Helix Congress on Responsible Innovation and Entrepreneurship, September 30 - October 1, 2019. Presentation STARBIOS2 Structural Transformation to attain Responsible BIOSciences (with Montesano et al.).
  • The 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association. Manchester, August 20-23, 2019 (with Palmen et al.). Paper: EFFORTI - Comparative findings of 19 case study interventions for a greater gender equality in R&I across 6 European countries.
  • EFFORTI Final International Conference, Brussels, May 21-22, 2019. Organiser.
  • Workshop: Towards a sustainable science. A model of RRI in the Biosciences. Paris, March 19, 2019. UNESCO. Paper: the complexity of monitoring and assessing RRI.
  • Conference: How do we improve gender balance amongst researchers at Aarhus University. Key note at S&T workshop. March 8, 2019. Aarhus.
  • Gender, Work and Organisation Conference 2018: A dynamic approach to conceptualising and assessing gender equality interventions in research, June 14, Sydney, Australia (with Høg Utoft, Ea).
  • Accelerating Impact Conference: How your research can make a difference. Oxford University, May 25, 2018.
  • Workshop EFFORTI, Lund University, March 1, 2018. Organiser.
  • Workshop: “Workshop on implicit gender biases during evaluations: how to raise awareness and change attitudes?”, Organised by the Horizon Advisory Group for Gender and the EC, Brussels, May 30-31, 2017.
  • STEM Gender Equality Congress, Addressing gender equality in STEM through policy, practice and collaboration, Berlin, June 8-9, 2017: EFFORTI Poster presentation.
  • Gendering in Research Network: Structural changes in research organisations (key note), Aarhus University, May 18, 2017.
  • STI Indicators Conference 2017, ESIEE Paris: Developing an Evaluation Framework for Promoting Gender Equality in R&I – first insights from an on-going H2020 project, with Buehrer, S. et al. 
  • Conference: 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators: Gender differences and the role of research grants (with Carter Block), València, September 14-16, 2016.
  • Panel member at the conference ”More Women in Research”, organised by the Ministry of Science, Copenhagen, May 4, 2015.
  • Conference: Structural Transformation to Achieve Gender Equality in Science: Policy making and institutionalization of Gender Equality. Brussels, Dec. 3, 2015 (organiser and speaker).
  • ATLC 2015: Atlanda Conference on Science and Innovation Policy: Quality, equality and efficiency: The perceived impact of public-sector research funding on the level of academic production in the Nordic higher education systems. (with Bégin-Caouette and Field), 2015.
  • Conference: Structural Transformation to Achieve Gender Equality in Science. Practice-based Guidelines - Experiences and results from the Action Plans: Engaging Leadership. Brussels, December 3, 2015 (organiser and speaker).
  • Workshop: “Gender Equality Work in Scientific Organisations: Lessons Learned from Aarhus University”, Aarhus, September 8, 2015 (organiser and speaker).