Promoting gender equality in research institutions and integration of the gender dimension in research content

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by Federico Zemborain - published on , updated on

Despite increasing numbers of solid indicators, extensive research, policy initiatives and wide awareness-raising on the issues linked to gender and science, the European Research Area (ERA) still faces structural obstacles within its research institutions. This prevents the ERA from reaching its objectives of the full participation of women in research and innovation at all levels (more than 50% of PhD graduates are women, but less than 20% of women are in Grade A positions) and of integrating the gender dimension in research contents and programmes, thus hindering research quality and full potential for innovation

By providing a strategic networking and cooperation framework for national/regional actors developing and implementing public research programmes and policies, the GENDER-NET ERA-NET scheme aims at:

Engaging EU Member states and Associated countries into globally modernising their institutions through structural change, by developing and implementing gender equality plans or equivalent initiatives, and consequently improving the recruitment and career paths of female scientists as well as the working conditions of both women and men;

Ensuring scientific excellence, stimulating new knowledge and leading to technological innovations, by improving the integration of sex and gender analysis into all phases of basic and applied research;

Supporting coherent monitoring and reporting of progress made with common indicators to assess achievements;

Reducing fragmentation across the ERA by helping reach a critical mass of research organisations and universities across Europe.


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