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SAGE Report Summary

Project ID: 710534
Funded under: H2020-EU.5.b.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SAGE (Systemic Action for Gender Equality)

Reporting period: 2016-09-01 to 2017-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) Coordination and Support Action is producing an innovative model and diagnostic toolkit for the pursuit of gender equality in Research Performing Organisations (RPOs), that will be diffused throughout Europe. Despite clear commitment to ERA objectives for gender equality in research, no EU-wide mechanism exists by which to achieve this. SAGE builds upon the knowledge and experience held within the consortium to produce and implement Gender Equality Plans (GEPs), tailored to meet the specific conditions and cultures in participating institutions. GEPS will be employed to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers; address gender imbalances in decision-making processes; and strengthen the gender dimension in research programmes. SAGE partner RPOs provide a testing ground for a suite of customizable tools, initiatives and methodologies (including Change Management Models and Key Performance Indicators) that can be tailored and adopted in Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) and Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) throughout Europe, thus ensuring wide-reaching systemic change.
The objectives of the SAGE Coordination and Support Action (CSA) are to build upon the body of knowledge and experience gained from FP6/7 Science and Society Projects that sought to drive gender equality and to diffuse this into further EU research and innovation organisations.
The overall objective is to introduce and develop gender-sensitive organisational cultures and practices in our respective universities, thus effecting a sustainable and systemic structural change in how our institutions function.
The 3 macro objectives are:
1. To remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers
2. To address gender imbalances in decision-making processes
3. To strengthen the gender dimension in research programmes
The 5 micro objectives are:
1. To build upon the body of knowledge and experience gained from INTEGER FP7 Project, which employed Transformational Gender Action Plans for structural change and the improved career progression of women researchers, partners will conduct impact assessments of procedures and practices.
2. To diffuse the knowledge and experience into further EU research and innovation organisations, in particular implementing innovative strategies to address gender bias.
3. To provide a testing ground for building and adapting Gender Equality Plans, setting targets and monitoring progress via indicators.
4. To ensure comprehensive and wide-reaching diffusion and exploitation of the SAGE concepts, thus further increasing the numbers of RPOs and RFOs implementing gender equality plans.
5. To create strong and sustained engagement of the academic and student communities in partner institutions through their involvement in the process of implementing GEPs, along with evaluation and dissemination of the SAGE concepts and GEPs to stakeholders and the general public.
A SAGE Charter of Principles for Gender Equality will be produced for adoption by RPOs and RFOs across Europe to advance towards gender-balanced research. In-house capacity will be built and extended through the research sector via the SAGE Wheel Model for Gender Equality Plans.
Dissemination and exploitation of SAGE concepts and achievements to all stakeholders will be accompanied by a ‘SAGE Ribbon’ pin, signifying support for GEPs and an online Gender module (Massive Open Online Course - MOOC) which will document the transformative potential of GEPs in partner institutions.
Exploitation of the SAGE achievements will culminate in a ‘SAGE Day’ to launch the SAGE Ribbon Campaign and Charter of Principles.

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 first period of the project has been devoted mainly to establish and consolidate the peer mentoring (one-to-many) that allows the partners, RPOs that are at different stages of introducing and implementing gender equality, to share experience and exchange knowledge in the implementation phases of their adapted GEPs. The mentoring is assured by the coordinating partner as well as an Advisory Board, comprised of international leaders in the field. )
The SAGE project has already organised three partners meetings.
The outreach activities during this period have consisted of participation and presentations in meetings with the scientific community, with policy makers etc.
The general public has also been reached through coverage in local and national newspapers, magazines and websites.
Furthermore, after designing the logo and the project graphic image, newsletters and leaflets have been made and distributed, a FB page and a website have been opened, as dissemination tools for the project activities.

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)

The main progress beyond the state of the art, to date, is the SAGE Wheel Model for Gender Equality Plans.

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