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Promoting gender balance and inclusion in research, innovation and training

Project description

Gender equality plans in the research

The European Research Area (ERA) aims to enhance female participation in research and promote gender equality. The EU-funded PLOTINA project will assist research performing organisations (RPOs) in creating, implementing and evaluating self tailored gender equality plans (GEPs) using innovative and sustainable strategies. The project seeks to foster a culture shift towards gender awareness, facilitate the career development of both female and male researchers to prevent talent loss, and ensure diverse perspectives and methodologies in research and teaching. PLOTINA will evaluate the current status of all partner RPOs and develop GEPs for each organisation. Additionally, it will establish a comprehensive platform of resources for RPOs throughout Europe.


The overall objective of PLOTINA is to enable the development, implementation and assessment of self-tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) with innovative and sustainable strategies for the Research Performing Organizations (RPOs) involved. This objective will be achieved by: i) Stimulating a gender-aware culture change; ii) Promoting career-development of both female and male researchers to prevent the waste of talent, particularly for women; iii) Ensuring diversification of views and methodologies (in this case by taking into account the gender/sex dimension and analysis) in research and teaching.
PLOTINA is a partnership of RPOs, Professional Associations and Partners with specific expertise in monitoring the progress of the project and in the dissemination. The consortium represents the diversity of European RPOs as well as the diversity of European social and cultural environments.
The workplan will proceed in four overall stages: i) Assess the current situation in all Partner RPOs; ii) Design GEPs for each RPO, iii) Design, implement and evaluate Actions in the Partner RPOs to address the targets of the GEPs, iv) Create a platform of resources that can be used by RPOs across Europe to implement their own GEPs suited to their own situations.
The GEPs Actions will support systemic and sustainable changes at the institutional and departmental of the PLOTINA’s RPOs.
The end results will be a set of modular and adaptable resources for other RPOs at the starting stage in the setting up of GEPs, in particular: Tools, GEPs Library of Actions, research and teaching Case Studies and Good Practices.
Strongly aligned with a European Research Area (ERA) objectives on gender equality, PLOTINA will contribute to increase the number of female researcher, promote their careers and integrate of the gender dimension into the design, evaluation and implementation of research, to enhance its quality and relevance foster excellence and the social value of innovations.

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Net EU contribution
€ 457 250,00
40126 Bologna

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Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 465 875,00

Participants (14)