Gendered creative teams
workshop 2017

Important deadlines

Workshop May 25-26, 2017
Submission May 15, 2017
Notification May 20, 2017


Budapest, Hungary
Center for Network Science
Central European University

We convene this workshop to answer the question: What are practices, careers, and organizational patterns that can restore equal recognition of women in creative fields, while they contribute to collective creativity as well?

We see teams becoming dominant agents in creative work, the prominence of teams is increasing in all branches of science and humanities, in business and in the arts. Recent research suggests that diversity is an advantage for team creativity, and it is especially gender diversity that was shown to be related to the collective intelligence of a team. However, while women are shown to play a key role in creative teams, there is ample evidence that they don’t get the same credit that men do. If women are vital participants in creative teams, their discrimination, mis-recognition, and discouragement is clearly leading to losses for creative fields and entire societies.
This workshop is intended to bring analysts of large datasets on creative teams together with qualitative researchers, activist, evangelists - with the goal of identifying patterns that show the promise of alleviating the gender deficit in creative fields.

We have an open call for abstracts


May 15.

submission email

We have an open call for abstracts that will provide opportunities for researchers to present their work as posters and short talks.
We welcome submissions in the form of short abstracts featuring original work related to the topic of the workshop. The authors will have an opportunity to present their work in the form of a poster and a short presentation as part of the program.
You can submit your work to until May 15. Please specify "Gendered Creative Teams Workshop" in the subject line of your email and attach your abstract as a pdf document, with a page limit of 2 pages (without references). Contributions will be evaluated by the organizing committee on a rolling base and notifications will be sent out by May 20.


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Margaret Burnett

OSU Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University

She began her career in industry, where she was the first woman software developer ever hired at Procter & Gamble Ivorydale. A few degrees and start-ups later, she joined academia, with a research focus on people who are engaged in some form of software development. She was the principal architect of the Forms/3 and FAR visual programming languages, and co-founded the area of end-user software engineering, which aims to improve software for computer users that are not trained in programming. She pioneered the use of information foraging theory in the domain of software debugging, and leads the team that created GenderMag, a software inspection process that uncovers gender inclusiveness issues in software from spreadsheets to programming environments. Burnett is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a member of the ACM CHI Academy. She serves on several editorial boards and has served in over 50 conference organization and program committee roles. She is also on the Academic Alliance Advisory Board of the National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT).

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Andrei Cimpian

Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University

One of his main areas of expertise is academic achievement and motivation. Among other topics, he has investigated gender stereotypes, people’s beliefs about ability and talent, and the influence of praise and criticism on children’s achievement. In a second line of work, Dr. Cimpian investigates children’s cognitive development. In particular, he has studied the development of children’s concepts and their ability to formulate explanations in order to make sense of the world. Dr. Cimpian’s research has been published in top journals such as Science and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Media outlets such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, NPR, and The Economist have covered his work.

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Ágnes Horvát

Assistant professor at Northwestern University's School of Communciation

Her current research spans the areas of collective intelligence, crowdfunding, and the creative industries. Horvát’s work focuses on developing theory and methods for the study of complex networks at the intersection of computer science, physics, and social phenomena. Her interdisciplinary approach seeks to understand the behavior of connected crowds by building on techniques from network science, machine learning, statistics, and exploratory visualization. Before joining the School of Communication she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). She earned a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Physics from Heidelberg University, Germany in 2013 and also holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Computer Science from the Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania and a B.A. in Photography, Film, and Media from the Sapientia University, Romania.

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Brian C. Keegan

Assistant professor of information science at the University of Colorado Boulder

His computational social science research is at the intersection of human-computer interaction, network science, and data science and explores the structure and dynamics of large-scale online collaboration using socio-technical system log data. Brian is currently exploring the dynamics of naturalistic decision making, implicit biases, and shared mental models in the context of virtual team formation in online games like League of Legends and Dota 2. Brian was previously a research associate at the Harvard Business School and a post-doctoral research fellow in computational social science at Northeastern University.

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Daniel Larremore

Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute

His research develops statistical and inferential methods for analyzing large-scale network data, and uses those methods to solve applied problems in diverse domains, including public health and academic labor markets. Prior to joining the Santa Fe Institute he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2012-2015. He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012, and holds a degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Mark Lutter

Professor of Sociology at the University of Wuppertal, Germany

He studied sociology, psychology, and statistics and was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy. He received his Doctorate from University of Duisburg-Essen, his Habilitation from University of Cologne, and has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University, Science-Po Paris, and ETH Zurich.

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Amanda Menking

Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington’s Information School

She is interested in questions at the intersections of peer production, non-majority participation, systemic bias, and knowledge production. Her current work focuses on women and Wikipedia. Her research draws from and is in conversation with feminist HCI, digital ethnography, and social computing. Amanda also holds an MA in English and a BA in Art and English. Prior to pursuing a PhD, she taught high school in Washington state and Namibia, and worked in the software industry in Seattle, Washington.

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Piotr Sapiezynski

Postdoctoral researcher at the Algorithmic Auditing Research Group at Northeastern University

His doctoral work at Technical University of Denmark revolved around the Copenhagen Networks Study, in which 1000 freshmen equipped with smartphones collected their mobility and social interaction data over two years. Piotr’s thesis on extracting meaningful network information from raw sensor laid the ground work for his current research on ties, team performance, and the role of gender in social network organization.

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Sarah Shugars

Doctoral student at Northeastern University's Network Science Institute

Her research focuses on political deliberation and equity. She received her BA cum laude in Physics from Clark University and her MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College. For nearly a decade she worked at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life and she attended Tisch College’s Summer Institute of Civic Studies in 2013. Currently, she serves as an assistant editor for the Good Society: The Journal of Civic Studies and as a member of the Civic Games Committee. As a field, Civic Studies is dedicated to the question, "what should we do?" Asking explicitly what we - you and I - should do to improve the world around us. This is the driving question of her work, scholarship, and activism. In her non-academic time, Sarah serves on the boards of a local immigrant advocacy organization and a non-profit children's circus.

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Claudia Wagner

Assistant professor in Computer Science at University Koblenz-Landau and the head of the Data Science team at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Prior to that she worked as a researcher at JOANNEUM RESEARCH in Graz and conducted several international research internships, amongst others at HP labs and Xerox PARC. She was awarded with a DOC-fFORTE fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Science for her PhD which she received from Graz University of Technology. Her research focuses on computational methods for analyzing and modelling social phenomena (such as culture, inequality and discrimination) with digital trace data. She is in general interested in socio-technical systems, how human use these systems and how algorithms impact them.

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Bogdan Vasilescu

Assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science

He is engaged in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of software engineering and social computing. Bogdan explores large-scale software-related data using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods, to develop and validate theories about the processes involved in software engineering and computer-supported collaborative work. For example, he has recently been exploring questions about diversity and productivity in social coding environments like GitHub. Prior to joining CMU, Bogdan was a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Davis. He received his PhD and MSc in Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology, both with cum laude distinction.

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Lisa J. Bernt

Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University School of Law

She is also Project Director and Counsel of the non-profit Fair Employment Project in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ms. Bernt graduated from Rutgers University (B.A. and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D.) and practiced law in Michigan and New Jersey before settling in Massachusetts. She has clerked on the New Jersey Supreme Court and served as Commission Counsel at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. She has published numerous articles on employment law and other topics in academic and practical journals.


Regular fee

60 EUR


Student fee (outside of Hungary)*

40 EUR


Special discount**



** for academics and students
based in Hungary

How to pay?

Department: Center for Network Science.
Degree level: Not applicable.
Reason for Payment: Conference registration & participation fee.
Currency: EUR.
Comment: Gendered Creative Teams Workshop, May 25-26, 2017.

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Please register by May 10, 2017.
If you have any questions, please email
PLEASE NOTE: The registration fee is non-refundable.

*Student payment

Submit proof of status (certificate of university enrollment, confirmation of PhD student status by the faculty/department) as an email attachment.
Subject line: Gendered Creative Teams Workshop, May 25-26, 2017


May 25
8:00 am - 8:40 am Coffee and arrival
8:40 am - 9:00 am Opening remarks
Liviu Matei
9:00 am - 11:00 am Gender in the Digital Age
Margaret Burnett: Gender-Inclusive Software
Amanda Menking: How Is Gender Made and Why It Matters
Lisa Bernt: Big data and employment decisions in (U.S.) legal context
11:00 am - 11:30 am Coffee
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Accepted Papers Presentation
Rita Pető: Gender Dfferences in Skill Content of Jobs
Johannes Wachs: Designers, Gender, and Outcomes
Anna May: Girls who code: Gender and success on Stackoverflow
Roberta Sinatra: Quantifying the gender gap through large-scale publication datasets
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Discrimination and Productivity in Academia
Claudia Wagner: Gender Disparities in Science? Dropout, Productivity, Collaborations and Success of Male and Female Computer Scientists
Andrei Cimpian: The link between beliefs about brilliance and diversity in science and beyond
Daniel Larremore: Gender, prestige, and productivity in academic hiring networks and career trajectories
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Coffee
4:30 am - 5:30 pm Accepted Papers Presentation
Mária Dunavölgyi: Some practices and organizational patterns that can restore equal recognition of women in creative fields, in Hungary
Orsolya Vásárhelyi: Gendered creative careers in software development
Dóra Sitkei: Gender differences in request strategies in a professional e-mail discussion group
Ancsa Hannák: Towards an Algorithmic Affirmative Action: Does Gender Impact Rank on Hiring Websites?
May 26
9:00 am - 11:00 am Teams formation, diversity and creativity
Mark Lutter: Do Women Suffer from Network Closure?
The Moderating Effect of Social Capital on Gender Inequality in a Project-Based Labor Market, 1929 to 2010
Sarah Shugars: Collaboration: A Gender-Based Look at Working Together in the Public Sphere
Brian Keegan: Implicit bias in virtual team formation processes using MOBAs
11:00 am - 11:30 am Coffee
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Gendered behavior and outcomes
Bogdan Vasilescu: Diversity in Open Source Software Teams: Aid or Barrier?
Emoke-Agnes Horvat: Gender-Related Differences in Equity Crowdfunding
Piotr Sapieżyński: Copenhagen networks study: gender, teams, and academic performance
3:00 pm - Tour and drinks


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Event venue

Central European University 1051 Budapest, Nádor u. 15., Auditorium B

Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university in the heart of Budapest where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

Where to stay?

CEU is located in Budapest's central 5th district, near Deak Ferenc Ter, served by metro lines 1, 2, and 3. The fifth district and its neighbors offer a variety of hotels and apartment rentals for all budgets. The seventh district is ideally suited for those seeking to get to know Budapest's nightlife, while the thirteenth district is better for those who prefer quieter nights.

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Gendered Creative Teams Workshop is organized by the Center of Network Science
at the Central European University in Budapest.

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If you have any questions please send us a note.

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Balázs Vedres

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Roberta Sinatra

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Ancsa Hannák