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GENERA Report Summary

Project ID: 665637
Funded under: H2020-EU.5.b.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - GENERA (Gender Equality Network in the European Research Area)

Reporting period: 2015-09-01 to 2016-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research has been identified by the European Commission as one of the priorities for the European Research Area “to end the waste of talent which we cannot afford and to diversify views and approaches in research and foster excellence”. With the main goal to address gender equality in R&I the GENERA consortium has been formed to apply a bottom-up approach to enhance gender equality in the field of physics research as a benchmark for other sciences.

GENERA supports research organisations in implementing gender equality plans and to perform the following coordination and support actions:
1. Assess the status of gender issues in the partner organisations.
2. Identify gaps in existing Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) and determine specific needs or actions to enhance gender equality and women careers in physics.
3. Monitor and evaluate the existing activities of the involved organisations (partners and associates).
4. Formulate customized GEPs for all implementing s and create a roadmap for their implementation in physics with the potential of application in other research fields.
5. Support involved organisations in implementing customized GEPs.
6. Create a network of RPOs, HEIs and RFOs to promote gender equality in physics.
7. Set up a long-term monitoring system allowing RPOs and RFOs monitoring the impact of their GEPs in physics with the potential of application in other research fields.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The consortium has determined the present status of activities in participating countries oriented to promoting gender equality, and gender equality plans in particular, in research focused cultural environments as well as identifying successful approaches and innovative ideas for gender equality measures in physics oriented research fields and cultural environments to make them more gender neutral. Work performed and major results include: definition of the Gender in Physics Days concept, a Common Framework for collecting gender relevant data, a completed survey on gender balance mapping in physics, and the definition of interview guidelines for institutional landscape interviews.

The accompanying evaluation and monitoring of the implementation activities of GENERA has been commenced. An evaluation concept with relevant indicators has been prepared. The ex-ante assessment has been started in the reporting period.

GENERA defined the Fields of Actions for the implementation of GEPs. A starting toolbox for tailored GEPs was created by collecting all (65) successful measures used in the GENERA partner organizations. A team of implementation managers was established and work has successfully started on an implementation roadmap for GEPs.

An inventory has been made of relevant RPOs and RFOs to be included in the GENERA network. A working group will get in contact with potential network members. The GENERA consortium, the core of this network, has been enlarged by three new associate partners and 11 further organizations that were granted observer status.

The project visual identity has been established with a project logo(M6.1); website, social media and newsletter functionality has been put in place. The active online presence has been maintained through regular website updates, e.g. establishment of a key resources area on the site, use of social media to share this; printed material has been produced (leaflets, flyers, banners etc); a strategic link with the Gender Summit has been created to utilize its extensive established reach.

Close links have been established with key target stakeholders and including GENERA representation in the programme of relevant conferences and events (e.g. the GenPORT launch, EIGE’s GEAR tool launch, sharing a platform with the LIBRA and ERA-NET at the Gender Summits 7 and 9). Schemes and event formats have been prepared for policy briefings. A database of target stakeholders was created. GENERA has been presented to the European Parliament STOA group.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Consecutively, the project consortium has been enlarged by major players in physics research in Europe to address gender equality in a cooperative way and strengthen the gender dimension on the institutional level as well as in national and European research programmes dedicated to physics research and beyond.

The implementation phase of GENERA has been prepared by defining the current status and identifying the successful measures towards gender equality.

The series of Gender in Physics Days organized by the partners of GENERA started in this reporting period. These events will conclude the status of gender in physics in the participating countries and already show the capability to reveal new ideas for innovative measures towards gender equality that partners of GENERA can make use of in their organizations.

By enabling a knowledge transfer and sharing the evidence of the benefits of implementing gender equality plans GENERA will increase the number of RPOs and RFOs implementing gender equality plans pursuing the three objectives mentioned in the challenge. In the medium / to long term, GENERA activities will contribute to the achievement of ERA in particular by increasing the number of female researchers, improving their careers and mobility, thus contributing to research intensity.

The structural dimension of gender bias will become visible by comparing different institutions and research cultures that will have impact on the interventions designed (customized GEPs).

By focusing the design of the gender equality plans on addressing gender issues typical to physics and physics related trans-disciplinary research and innovation areas and cultures the gender dimension will be integrated in research programmes and content with the sake of improving the social value of innovations and the fitness for purpose of innovative products.

GENERA seeks to enhance the visibility of successful female researcher careers and contribute to elimination of attitudes and practices based on stereotyped roles for men and women, which is one of the objectives defined in the CEDAW.

An additional opportunity for impact has arisen, which was not mentioned in the DoA, namely the benefits of engaging with the COST Actions focused on Physics, and with the MSCA training networks in Physics. These connections offer important ‘bilateral’ benefits, which will be explored in a more detail in the next phase of the GENERA project.

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