Gender Equality Policies in Research Institutions: promoting transformative and sustainable changes Conference
The EQUAL-IST project will present its project results and tools, and gender experts, representatives of the European Commission and academia will discuss about gender equality in research, with a focus on ICT/IST. The Conference is also an opportunity for participants to share experience and insights among relevant projects, and share success stories from across the EU, paving the way to enhance a gender equality agenda within national and European research and higher education policies.
22 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
ERA objectives have stressed the importance of gender equality in research, at the three levels of fostering equality in scientific careers, achieving gender balance in decision making and integrating a gender dimension in research content. Gender balance in research organizations is considered as a key step for ensuring research excellence and quality and inclusive-sustainable innovation. Still, in spite of an increasing number of HE and research institutions committed to making science more equal and some positive trends in figures on gender equality in STEM research, it still appears to be difficult to prioritize gender equality. This is particularly true for disciplines such as ICT/IST where female representation at all levels is among the lowest ones among STEM topics and where a gender-sensitive approach to ICT design and programming is far from being understood in its implications among computer and information systems scientists.
H2020 (PGERI and SWAFS programmes in particular) promoted the concept of structural change for gender equality, insisting on the need for merging change management and gender policies, and have funded dedicated research projects in this field in the last 2 programming periods starting from FP7 already.
The Conference intends to start from the presentation of results and tools from the H2020 EQUAL-IST project to discuss opportunities to innovate teaching, students services, HR management and institutional communication via gender equality, as well as existing hindrances and resistances which are slowing structural change processes down, starting from the perspective of ICT and IS Research Organizations.
EQUAL-IST-Gender Equality Plans for Information Sciences and Technology Research Institutions. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 710549.