Events

RFOs CoP on gender-based violence

The third meeting of the GENDERACTIONplus RFO Community of Practice took place at the end of January 2023. In addition to sharing information on new developments in the field of gender equality in RFOs, the results of the needs assessment were presented, and Fredrik Bondestam from the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Reasearch, the WP3 leader, gave a talk about the role RFOs play in mitigating gender-based violence in academia. One of the results from the need assessment survey is to build capacities on intersectionality, something that the upcoming mutual learning workshop in Vienna in May 2023 will address, questions were posed to the RFO CoP members in the Menti platform about the challenges they have encountered and if they have any best practices to share at the Vienna workshop. In the second part of the CoP meeting, Fredrik Bondestam presented the findings from the UniSAFE project on gender-based violence (GBV)...

Dreaming up the perfect engagement activity: GENDERACTIONplus’ first capacity building workshop

In order to ensure real impact and buy-in, stakeholder and citizen engagement are an important part of EU-funded projects. But what is the key to effective stakeholder engagement? How do you design a successful engagement activity? And which participatory methodologies are the most effective? In response to a needs survey carried out at the start of GENDERACTIONplus, the project held its first capacity building workshop for the consortium on 17 January on the topic of citizen and stakeholder engagement. The workshop was run by the Swedish partner, VA (Public & Science), which acts as a national expert hub for public engagement, citizen science and science communication, and has many years’ experience of running engagement activities both within EU-funded and national projects.  The 2.5 hour online workshop was designed to provide project partners with a common understanding as well as inspiration for and tips on how to plan and undertake stakeholder...

RFOs Community of Practice meets second time

At the November meeting of RFOs CoP, recommendations of the GENDER-NET Plus policy brief on promoting gender equality in funding were presented and discussed. The document underlines the importance of GEPs in RFOs, monitoring and the overall need for transparency in all activities. It also stresses the measures to achieve more gender-balanced evaluation bodies, decision-making and support for increasing the number of women among grant applicants. After the presentation of Carl Jacobsson of the Swedish Research Council, the CoP members debated the potential tensions that can arise when RFOs try to achieve a gender balance in research teams or evaluation bodies and be at the same time as open as possible to non-binary people, along with taking a gender+ approach. Such an approach can make the achievement of a gender balance in teams difficult. In some countries, this may run against the obligation to collect and present gender-segregated data. There...

General Assembly

We met on 12 October online to discuss our tasks and future plans. And what are our outputs so far? D1.1 Project Handbook submitted (download in PDF) D8.1 Communication and dissemination plan and promotion kit submitted (download in PDF) M1: Advisory board set up (see the details) M2: Working groups of Research Funding Organisations Community of Practices set up (see details here) SharePoint, the web-based collaborative platform to support the work of the consortium, launched​ Needs assessment for capacity building and mutual learning was implemented, and the upcoming activities were agreed Benchmark survey of national policies and RFOs launched​ Our 1st stakeholder engagement took place (see more)

1st GENDERACTIONplus engagement event

Consultation brings together student and early-career researcher organisations across Europe to identify needs on tackling gender-based violence in academia The EU-funded GENDERACTIONplus project held its first stakeholder engagement event on 21 September 2022 to discuss ways of tackling gender-based violence in academia. Representatives of student and early-career researcher associations from across Europe shared their views and needs during the online workshop. Caption: Participants in the online workshop represented student and early-career researcher associations from 10 countries. Photo: GENDERACTIONplus At the start of the workshop,  Marcela Linková, GENDERACTIONplus project coordinator project and Head of the Centre for Gender and Science at  the Czech Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic, provided an overview of the aims and planned impacts of the GENDERACTIONplus project and how it is working to advance gender equality in the European Research Area, with gender-based violence in academia as one of its five key thematic areas. This...

Kick-off meeting

On 8 – 10 June 2022, a kick-off meeting of the GENDERACTIONplus project was hosted by the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. We have met our team’s old and new members and discussed the work ahead. Look at the snapshots of these three wonderful days!