Members of the INIA consortium will contribute to various types of outreach activities. As INIA fellows and/or PIs engage in Outreach activities, a list of events will be posted here.
26 April 2022: PSI-I Conversation
ESR6 Daria Abrosimova participated in a talk about how psychologists provide information on intersex/gender in the process of psychosocial support of parents. The talk was attended by prominent academics in the area of researching psycho-social support and intersex, as well as medical and peer support providers
22 April 2022: Write-up about INIA in OII Europe annual report
The INIA project is mentioned on page 25 of the OII Europe annual report under the heading Research, Training and Education. To view the report, please click here.
6 April 2022: Joint activity with the MagnEFi ITN
ESRs from the MSCA ITN INIA met with ESRs from the MSCA ITN MagnEFi for a cross sectoral outreach activity. Five ESRs from each project gave presentations about their research projects and their experiences as Marie Curie fellows. The presentations were followed by a short Q&A session. An agenda for the event is available here and some photos are provided here below:
6 April 2022: Presentation as part of HSE Rainbow Bridge Program
On the 6th of April 2022, ESR Adeline Berry gave a presentation to the staff of Eist Linn inpatient child and adolescent mental health unit as part of HSE Rainbow Bridge program on intersex and mental health (link here). The presentation, which was very well received, was recorded to be shared with staff members who were unable to attend.
3 March 2022: Irish Council for Civil Liberties
ESR1 Adeline Berry met with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties to talk about intersex inclusion in hate crime legislation. The meeting was very well received and led to their submitting a parliamentary question on paths for intersex care in Ireland.
28 February 2022: Creation of an INIA project poster
ESR Adeline Berry created a network poster with information about the various ESR research projects. This poster will be displayed at ESR host institutions. To view the poster, please click here.
25 February 2022: Understanding Intersex (part of the Yorkshire Urban and Rural Teaching Partnership Masterclass 2022)
Saifa gave a presentation on intersex issues for social work providers to social work students and practitioners during this event.
18 February 2022: European Society for Sexual Medicine EPATH panel
On 18 February 2022 Surya Monro provided an invited talk titled ‘History and Cultural Diversity.’ for the ‘Life isn’t binary’ Masterclass at the European Society for Sexual Medicine EPATH panel. This talk included a substantial amount of discussion about non-binary intersex people’s issues and it highlighted the work of INIA. The audience consisted mostly of medics such as surgeons and endocrinologists and approximately 90 people attended. The talk was well received.
16 February 2022: LGBTI history month at University of Huddersfield
February 2022: Interview with the ULB student magazine Prisme
ESR Audrey Aegerter was interviewed by Prisme (the Université Libre de Bruxelles student magazine) about the challenges of medicalisation of intersex people. The article mentions Audrey’s participation in the INIA program. The article can be viewed here: https://prisme.ulb.be/tous-les-numeros/hiver-2022/intersexuation-des-evolutions-en-cours
16 December 2021: Presentation during Research Colloquium at the Institute of Bioethics and the History of Medicine
ESRs Martin Gramc and Daria Abrosimova presented their scoping reviews to other PhD candidates at the University of Zurich. The title of the presentation was: Medicine, stigma, society: How bioethical studies could improve the human rights of intersex people? The presentation was well attended and followed by an animated question and answer session.
December 2021: Short course on intersex for Open University
ESR Adeline Berry has put together a short course about intersex for the Open University. This course introduces learners to intersex and explains what intersex means. It looks at two intersex figures from history before explaining the current medical model of intersex care and how it came about. The course then goes on to look at how early decisions made in medical settings can affect intersex people throughout the rest of their lives. It ends with suggestions on how changes might be made to achieve better outcomes for intersex people. The course can be viewed here:
November 2021: INIA findings and undergraduate teaching
INIA coordinator, Surya Monro, is using early findings from the INIA project in her undergraduate teaching at the University of Huddersfield, for example Body and Society (Sociology BA, second level, elective) and teaching for Social Work Students (first level, core).
17 November 2021: The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare flagship event
During the FSRH flagship event for sexual and reproductive healthcare professionals, ESR Adeline Berry gave a presentation entitled: Experiences of older intersex people. This conference offered attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest sexual and reproductive healthcare clinical developments and updates, network with and learn from a vibrant community of peers, and gain important credits to support ongoing professional development. FSRH Virtual 2021 is the leading conference for sexual and reproductive healthcare professionals showcasing the latest clinical developments across the UK and bringing together an impressive range of national speakers. A link to the event can be found here.
Some photos from the event are presented below:
13 November 2021: Training on intersex
ESR6 Daria Abrosimova provided training on intersex with Achtungliebe, a Swiss non-profit organization of students who are committed to contemporary and age-appropriate sex education as part of their own school projects.
1-5 November 2021: Meetings with local Finnish actors in the framework of a secondment with University of Helsinki
ESR5 Axel Keating met with the following actors in Finland during his secondment:
- Kaisli Syrjänen, Chairperson of ISIO Finland
- Jaana Pirskanen, Former Coordinator of the TIKA Project
- Marita Karvinen, education expert with Seta’s education services, school visits, expertise in LGBTIQ
26 October 2021: Outreach event at University of Huddersfield for intersex awareness day
To mark Intersex Awareness Day, members of the INIA team led by coordinator Prof. Surya Monro gave a number of presentations targeting the healthcare and social services sector in the U.K. The presentations were very well attended with over 53 participants made up of NHS healthcare providers, civil servants, and intersex people and activists.
Presentations included Surya’s prior intersex research with Dr Tray Yeadon-Lee and Dr Dani Crocetti; a presentation on INIA and workshops on intersex inclusion and social work; intersex experiences of healthcare across the life course; intersex issues and equality and diversity, and healthcare provision.
Speakers and facilitators included Professor Surya Monro, Dr Amets Suess Schwend, Dr Kate Wood, Sheena Hiller, Dr David Griffiths, Dr Faye Garland, Daria Abrosimova, Martin Gramc, Sean Saifa Wall, and Adeline Berry.
Some photos from the event are provided here below:
26 October 2021: Participation in OII event with launch of Thisisintersex.org
INIA coordinator Surya Monro participated in the OII event with the launch of a new website: Thisisintersex.org. Thisisintersex.org is a publication of the NNID Foundation. The website is about sex diversity in general and intersex in particular.
October 2021: Participation in Mercury Rising – Inter* Hermstory[ies] Now and Then at the Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany
ESR Adeline Berry had an opportunity to talk about their research and the INIA project when they exhibited their artwork alongside ESR Sean Saifa Wall, and intersex artists and activists Hiker Chiu, Obioma Chukwuike, Giegold & Weiß, Mauro Cabral Grinspan, Sunil Gupta, Crystal Hendricks, Ins A Kromminga, Ev Blaine Matthigack, Mani Mitchell, Eliana Rubashkyn, Charan Singh, Rae Smith, Rebecca Swan, Del LaGrace Volcano, Gaëlle ‘Gelweo’ Wolf, Ins A Kromminga and Ev Blaine Matthigack.
The show is curated by Luan Pertl and Sylvia Sadzinski.
Mercury rising is the Schwules Museum’s first inter* focused exhibition is dedicated to the past and present of inter* movement(s) in activism, society, art and culture. It explores fragmentary universes and utopias on the topic of intersex issues which, until now has often been filtered and handed down through the gaze of dyadic people, or still is. For more information:
Some photos of the event can be viewed here.
11 October 2021: Presentation for Open University academics and PhD students
ESR Adeline Berry from University of Huddersfield gave a well-attended presentation about the INIA project to Open University academics and PhD students.
24 September 2021 European Researchers’ Night
As part of European Researchers’ Night, ESR 3 Audrey Aegerter took part in an event organised at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels. The coordinator for the event was BeWise (Belgian Women in Science). All Marie Curie fellows present were women and the event included a discussion about the specific challenges of combining “womanhood” with science. Audrey talked about the INIA program and presented her research topic within INIA. She also mentioned Janik Bastien-Charlebois and how important her work was to Audrey’s own academic endeavours. Audrey also mentioned how knowing that her research could participate in the protection of intersex children’s human rights was motivating.
The idea behind the European Researchers’ Night within the framework of Horizon2020 is to run parallel, Europe-wide public events to raise the awareness on science careers and the enhance public recognition of researchers in general.
Some photos are provided here below.
24 September 2021 OII Europe Online Public Conference 2021
INIA PI Amets Suess Schwend and coordinator Surya Monro were interviewed about ethical research practice in the field of research about intersex issues. They noted the importance of working collaboratively with intersex people, for example using participative research methods. INIA is the first large research programme to take a partnership approach, recognising intersex people and those with variations of sex characteristics as key stakeholders, and it also serves as a space where related ethical issues can be explored and elaborated. A schedule for the event can be found here.
24 September 2021: Presentations to partner organisations
7 INIA ESRs myself gave presentations on their work to INIA academics, Jennie Karmode of Trans Media Watch and Radboud Academics.
15 September 2021 Participation in IGLYO event
ESRs Adeline Berry and Axel Keating participated in the “Intersex intergenerational dialogues,” event with IGLYO.
4 September 2021: Scientifica at University of Zurich
In September 2021, ESR6 Daria Abrosimova participated in Scientifica. Since 2011, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have been opening their main buildings on a weekend and inviting the public to experience science “on site”. Each year, “Scientifica” is dedicated to a key topic on which the two universities are conducting research in various disciplines. “Scientifica” includes various formats aimed at the interested public, as well as special activities for children. Daria presented Intersex 101 as well as her own and ESR7 Martin Gramc’s research. For more about the event, please click here: https://scientifica.ch/en/veranstaltungen/
March 2021 – July 2021: Sex Education Leadership Cohort
From March 2021 to July 2021, ESR Axel Keating participated in the Sex Education Leadership Cohort with the National LGBTQ Task Force. Over four months, Axel focused on topics including sex education law and policies, curricula, messaging, organizing, lobbying, and more. Axel is researching the education on intersex traits and variations of sex characteristics in Irish and Swedish schools – including sex education. As the majority of the task force are based in the US and had never heard about MSCA ITNs, Axel spoke about both the INIA project and MSCA ITNs in general. More information about the test force can be found here: https://www.thetaskforce.org/sex-ed-leadership.html
24 June 2021: Virtual workshop for Women’s and Gender Studies Department, University of the Western Cape
Professor Surya Monro, INIA project coordinator, led a workshop on exploring sex/gender/sexuality as spectra and introducing the INIA project. A poster for the event can be viewed here.
23 June 2021: Judge’s Choice Award at annual Post Graduate Review conference at University of Huddersfield
ESR Adeline Berry at the University of Huddersfield’s ENGAGE postgraduate conference 2021 won Judge’s Choice Award for their poster presentation titled “Older Intersex People: A Pan-European Intersectional Approach.” The poster can be viewed here.
02 June 2021: Podcast for Glow West Pride Panel
On Wednesday, June 2nd, ESR Adeline Berry participated in a podcast as part of the Glow West Pride Panel. Some photos from the event are available here and here. A link to the podcast is available here: https://tortoiseshack.ie/glow-west-podcast/
23 April 2021: ESR presentation at NYU FYQA
On Friday, 23 April 2021, ESR Axel Keating (they/them) participated on the New York University LGBTQ+ Center’s First Year Queers and Allies (FYQA) Alumni Panel. Axel, an alumnus of New York University (Gallatin BA ’16 and Steinhardt MA ’19) as well as a member of the 2012-2013 FYQA cohort, spoke about their experiences as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Early Stage Researcher in the Intersex – New Interdisciplinary Approaches (INIA) innovative training network and a PhD student at the Dublin City University School of Law and Government in Ireland. A screenshot from the presentation can be viewed here.
22 April 2021: INIA panel at DCU online conference, Intersex 2021: A vision for the future
On April 22nd during the online conference hosted by Dublin City University, the INIA project was introduced to conference participants. The panel was composed of the coordinator, Prof. Surya Monro, Principal Investigator, Amets Suess Schwend, and ESRs Yessica Mestre, Daria Abrosimova, Adeline Berry, Axel Keating and Steph Lum. The conference booklet can be consulted here. A link to the conference can be found here.
20 April 2021: INIA Panel at TransLondon event
Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, TransLondon welcomes presentations from guest speakers. On April 20th, the INIA coordinator, Prof. Surya Monro participated in an INIA panel with supervisor Tray Yeadon-Lee and ESRs Addy Berry and Axel Keating (photo here). The goal of the talk was to gain greater insight to the unique issues that Intersex people face in life, providing a greater opportunity to strengthen allyship through knowledge and understanding. Photo extracted from presentation here.
7 April 2021: Presentation at Teacher Assistant Preparation Course
ESR Adeline Berry gave a presentation entitled “What is intersex” to other students and the lecturer in the Teacher Assistant Preparation Course offered at University of Huddersfield.
24 February 2021: Three-minute thesis competition
ESR Yessica Mestre participated in the three-minute thesis competition of the University of Granada on February 24, 2021. In total, the semifinal of the competition brought together twenty doctoral students from various departments of the University of Granada. For her presentation “the research for the 1,7%”, Yessica talked about the research objectives of her INIA project, which aims to identify human rights violations in research related to intersex issues and develop principles for a human rights-based research practice in intersex studies.
27 January 2021: Talk at University of Granada on trans and intersex studies
PI Amets Suess Schwend from the Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP) gave a talk on trans and intersex studies and mentioned the role of EASP and University of Granada in the INIA project as well as the involvement of the two Early Stage Researchers recruited to EASP as part of INIA. More information about the event is provided here below:
Title: Estudios trans e intersex: reflexiones epistemológicas y éticas (Trans and intersex studies: epistemological and ethical reflections)
Cycle of activities: Conversaciones Feministas Compartidas (Shared Feminist Conversations)
Organized by: Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Estudios de las Mujeres y de Género, Universidad de Granada (Institute of Womens’ and Gender Studies, University of Granada)
Speaker: Amets Suess Schwend
Introduction and questions: Carmen Gregorio Gil
Chair: Ana Alcázar Campos
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 18:30 CET
Link to the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwV-hw_stnw
Poster of the event here
January 2021: INIA appears in GCN Magazine
INIA ESRs and PIs contributed to an article in GCN Magazine, issue 366. The article can be viewed here: https://gcn.ie/magazine/inside-out/
8 December 2020: Intersex panel as part of Galway Community Pride
ESR Addy Berry and PI Tanya Ni Mhuirthile participated in this panel during the Galway Community Pride. Addy mentioned her research project in the INIA network. More information about this panel is available here:
20 November 2020: Participation in ET 2020 Working Group on Promoting Common Values and Inclusive Education
Dr. Mel Duffy (DCU) provided input to the 4th meeting of the ET 2020 working group. Her input was about relationships and sexual education and the argument for the inclusion of LGBTQI.
More information about ET working groups here: https://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/european-policy-cooperation/et2020-working-groups_en
November 2020: INIA project advertised on DCU website + participation in Intersex Solidarity Day
DCU is hoping to become a centre of excellence for intersex research. Currently a beneficiary on the INIA project, DCU posted information about INIA project to its website here: https://www.dcu.ie/intersex/about-us
Also on 8 November 2020, the newly recruited INIA ESRs, Steph Lum and Axel Keating, participated in visits to national monuments lit up for Intersex Solidarity Day. #IrelandTurnsPurple is a campaign to turn Ireland purple in a show of support for the Intersex community on International Intersex Solidarity Day. More information about the event is available here: https://www.dcu.ie/intersex/irelandturnspurple
06 November 2020: Talk by ESR3 Audrey Aegerter in Paris
In November 2020, the Réseau Francophone de Recherche sur l’intersexuation (RéFRI) organised an event in Paris. Janik Bastien Charlebois presented the emergence of critical intersex studies, and Audrey Aegerter (ULB) spoke about INIA and the need for intersex research for advocacy purposes. Loé Petit presented the RéFRI.
02 November 2020: INIA Facebook page
INIA researchers have set up a facebook page for the network. You can visit it here: https://www.facebook.com/INIAproject
26 October 2020: Official Launch of INIA website
The INIA website officially launched on October 26, 2020 to coincide with Intersex Awareness Day. A series of tweets was developed to publicize the event and a press release was sent to over 50 different international contacts.