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Communities of PrACTice for Accelerating Gender Equality and Institutional Change in Research and Innovation across Europe

Project description

Uniting European research communities for progress

In a bid to tackle the scattered nature of gender equality knowledge and practices across Europe, the EU-funded ACT project is set to revolutionise the landscape. With a network of seven Communities of Practice and the development of a Practice Toolkit, ACT aims to facilitate better access, sharing and improvement of gender equality actions among research funding and performing organisations. The project’s ambitious goals include integrating the gender dimension into research content and processes, enhancing standards for institutional excellence, and promoting the adoption of best tools and practices for gender equality plans implementation. With a diverse consortium of 19 organisations and 50 experts, ACT will strive to create a lasting impact and promote a more inclusive scientific landscape.


ACT will enable better access, sharing, and improvement of gender equality knowledge by advancing Communities of Practice (CoP) as agents for implementing gender equality actions among RPOs and RFOs in ERA, including integration of the gender dimension into research content and process. Considerable advances have been made in the EU in the last decade in these areas, but the resulting experiences and practices are scattered widely, which prevents systematic and systemic action. ACT will improve this situation by starting up a network of 7 Communities of Practice and developing a Practice Toolkit, as well as creating an EU-wide change monitoring and benchmarking system, and an on-line Hub for knowledge and experience sharing. The design of these outputs will take into consideration inter- and intra-institutional diversity, as well as differences in national contexts. The Consortium includes 19 organisations (experienced and novice), and includes 50 experts, to ensure that results are sustainable and produce the desired impact. The expected impacts include: 1) ensuring that researchers, their organisations, and the projects they are involved in are better equipped to stop gender bias affecting quality of science knowledge making; 2) improving understanding of gender issues in science, and how to address them, including in science curriculum, and researcher training; 3) enhancing standards for assessment of institutional excellence through incorporation of gender equality as a criterion of success; and 4) more systematic and systemic adoption of best tools and practices for GEP implementation.

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€ 424 323,10
Avenida tibidabo 39
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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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