FESTA (Female Empowerment in Science and Technology Academia) is a EU FP7 project under the program: Capacities. It is a Coordination and Support Action. The Capacities Work Programme topic addressed is: SiS.2011.2.1.1-1 Implementing structural change in research organisations/universities. The coordinator is Dr. Minna Salminen-Karlsson from Uppsala University in Sweden.

FESTA pursues a change in the working environment of academic researchers. We want to see female researchers encouraged to staying and making a career in the academy. We want to see organizational environments where the competence of all employees are valued and fostered. We find the working environment of researchers in the lower levels of their careers particularly interesting, because it is at this level it may become possible for them to advance to the ranks of highest scientific expertise.


  • Uppsala University Sweden


  • University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • University Of Limerick, Ireland
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
  • Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, Turkey
  • South-West University, Bulgaria

Scientific Advisory Group

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Elisabetta Addis
  • Prof. Barbara Bagilhole
  • Prof. Kjell Bratbergsengen
  • Prof. David Collinson
  • Prof. Gabriele Griffin
  • Dr. Liisa Husu
  • Prof. Patricia Yancey Martin
  • Prof. Mustafa Ozbilgin
  • Dr. Maria Palasik
  • Prof. Teresa Rees
  • Prof. Eileen M. Trauth

How to demo the FESTA Advisor.