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Modifying Institution by Developing Gender Equality Plans

Project description

Furthering gender equality in research and innovation

The promotion of gender equality is one of the EU’s priorities. In line with this, the EU-funded MINDtheGEPs project aims to create gender equality plans in research organisations, including universities, to encourage systemic change that boosts equality. The project’s work will help increase the number of women in university decision-making and managing bodies and pave the way for a gender equality ombudsman. It will also increase open trainings and admissions monitoring processes, and encourage equal opportunities in research and administrative promotions. Gender imbalances in five different countries with traditional regimes across several research organisations will be the focus of the project.


"MINDtheGEPs takes a multidisciplinary multidimensional approach to challenging gender unbalances across five different countries with still traditional gender regimes (Italy, Spain, Serbia, Ireland, Poland) and across various types of Research Performing Organisations:  4 public universities (Turin, Tralee, Gdansk, Jagiellonian) and 1 public non-academic research institute (CNR); 1 academic (Belgrade) and 1 private technological institute center (Galicia). The consortium, led by the University of Turin’s CIRSDe, comprises also three non-implementing organizations bringing complementary expertise in monitoring and evaluation (Knowledge and Innovation), research communication (Uppsala University) and scientific publishing (Elsevier). In order to promote systemic institutional change and following the “no data-no policy” principle, the project will map the existing data and, building on the tools developed within an ongoing research project of the project coordinator, will produce new quali-quantitative evidence. On this basis, both structural and cultural actions can be effectively designed. At cultural level, the project will organize a virtuous chain of trainings, starting from across-partners ""train the trainers"" workshops to within-partners laboratories addressed to young women, but, endorsing the approach of ""fixing the system not the women"", also to men and senior researchers. At structural level, the project will introduce work-family measures addressed also to men, equality targets in decision-making boards and gender-sensitive research. The establishment of proper figures and bodies creates conditions for the endurance of GEPs beyond the project’s life. A multidisciplinary team (also including key-persons in middle or top management), coupled with a multi-skilled Advisory Board (including relevant national authorities), and 4 professional associations both in STEMM and SSH, will contribute to a successful change in RPOs and in society at large."

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Net EU contribution
€ 545 010,00
10124 Torino

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Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 545 010,00

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