Gender in the immersive digital future – a new matriarchy? – BigStage 2020

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Session teaser

“Gender in the immersive digital future: a new matriarchy?” is an exciting video, prepared within COMPACT project. COMPACT is a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission under framework Horizon 2020 ( The presentation will focus on a Virtual Reality human and Mother-AI debate about the emerging social changes in the digital society of the 21st century. Central to discussion will the increasingly technology-mediated gender relationships. The scene can be considered a technological adaptation and reinvention of the "first humans in paradise" trying to find their way in the new environment.


This innovative Big Stage presentation will be presented as 15 - 18 minutes artistic video blending discussion, AI elements and graphics in VR. The video material will be both informative, thought provoking and entertaining for the audience.

Further reading

EPRA. Achieving greater diversity in broadcasting - special focus on gender; Benefits and best practice approaches Comparative background paper (2018)

You could also read about some best practices. BBC (UK) developed a “Content Diversity and Inclusion Commissioning Guidelines”, providing guidelines to BBC’s partners in order to allow the broadcaster to attain its 2020 goals regarding representation of ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQI persons and disabled persons. The guide defines quantitative objectives for each of diversity categories to achieve diversity goals in 5 on and off-screen categories: portrayal, casting, production teams, entry-level positions and senior editorial roles. Industry players (broadcasters, both public and private) in the UK (and by the NRA also in Ireland) initiated programmes to develop opportunities for female professionals in technical careers, whether crew or technology. The industry developed a Tech Talent Charter setting goals to promote development, growth and retention of women in technology sector, encouraging practices supporting attraction, recruitment and retention practices designed to increase diversity in the workforce, defining timetable and strategy relevant for each organization – as each organization is not situated on the same level regarding diversity. Audiovisual media services offer education schemes and scholarships allowing access for women to tech education and project development. Workshops on the state of play of position of women in technical production followed by development of practical tools and outreach project to inspire change were organized by BBC radio. The goal - gender balance in important creative and technical roles and the effective implementation of gender balance in these roles. The simple fact of collecting information on gender balance did have a positive impact on gender breakdown in creative and technical teams.


“Gender in the immersive digital future:a new matriarchy?” will be presented by three participants - Dr. Tanja Pavleska, Dr. Lukasz Porwol and Dr. Bissera Zankova.

  • Dr. Tanja Pavleska is a postdoctoral researcher at Jozef Stefan Institute and Chair of the Slovenian ISOC Chapter.
    Her background is in electrical engineering. Her research is focused on trust and cybersecurity management, digital policies, social media regulatory frameworks and information governance.
  • Dr. Lukasz Porwol is the E-Gov Deputy Unit Leader at the Insight, NUI Galway, Ireland.
    His research work focuses on leveraging digital technologies such as social media and Virtual Reality to support effective communication, collaboration and co-creation, in particular in the context of e-Participation and Media Convergence.
  • Dr. Bissera Zankova is a media lawyer, media expert and president of Media 21 Foundation, Bulgaria.

Technical and artistic director, graphics, music and VR effects of video Dr. Lukasz Porwol. A specially designed poster will announce the launch of the video at Eurodig 2020.