Work Package 6

Strengthening a Gender Perspective in Research

Leading partner: UAB

The main objective of WP6 will be to provide inputs from the EGERA partnership to the broad reflection on the relevance of gender for selected research areas- among which STEMs, as a crucial component for academic excellence and responsible research and innovation.

For this purpose, it will be paid attention to the instruments developed to support the inclusion of a gender perspective in research, notably under other FP7 projects, in order to proceed cumulatively through effective and innovative means.

Valid instruments (such as checklists, awareness-rising actions targeting different audiences, transversal teaching programs or dedicated chairs) and methodologies (such as consensus seminars, on-line evidence-based instruments...) will be collectively assessed and discussed through a series of seminars & co-events.

This reflection and assessment will be led by the UAB, which has already implemented two gender equality action plans over 5 years and identified the inclusion of a gender perspective to research activities as one of its main challenges. To address it at the Ievel of our project, the UAB will be able to mobilize its considerable gender expertise, also involving experts from other participating institutions well-versed in Gender in research Iiterature and methodologies.

As part of the Gender Equality Action Plans, WP6 will aim at providing participating institulians with valid, evidence-based Instruments to support the inclusion of gender related content and gender-sensitive methodologies to research activities. These Instruments will be shaped also through the participation of selected researchers and scholars (non-gender experts), in order to anticipate and/or tackle potential resistances from the academia.
lt will also consist in establishing functioning networks between participating institutions and other leading research institutions and agencies, to promote effective structural change as concerns the incorporation of gender knowledge and expertise into the way research is conducted.

The workload will be split into 5 tasks, in order to effectively support the implementation of planned actions related to gender in research. These tasks will range from the mapping and critical review of existing tools, through awareness-rising (AR) actions targeting different categories of research actors, to the creation of a database of good practices implemented by partner institutions, with a proven record of efficiency.

Additionally, the prospective dimension of WP6, which aims to fuel discussions dedicated to the issue of bringing gender into research contents, will be articulated through 3 seminars hosted on M7, 17 and 25 by the WP Ieader. The objective of these seminars will be twofold: a) establishing milestones in the implementation of WP6, as regards the production of guidelines, the design of awareness-rising actions and the constitution of a database of good practices, and, b} fostering mutual learning on the mainstreaming of gender knowledge throughout research contents.

Therefore, these seminars will successively focus on:
– setting up guidelines for AR actions targeting post-graduate and PhD students
– addressing field-specific resistances
– assessing the transferability of identified good practices and making recommendations

The participation of researchers and experts who are not specialized in gender and/or originating from research fields with limited gender expertise available (notably in STEMs), will be encouraged.

Description of work

1. Mapping of existing tools & critical assessment (M1-5) will consist in the thorough mapping and assessment of the main instruments available in the European Research Area, with respect to the promotion of gender knowledge in research (notably in State and EU-funded research projects). This task will cover awareness-rising, capacity-building, mainstreaming and planning instruments, as well as on-line resources supporting the inclusion of a gender perspective in research, with view to identify the best combination of such instruments and to make it available within the frame of GEAPs implemented by partner institutions.

2. AR actions (Project's managers) design and implementation (M4-12). The design of awareness-rising actions targeted to research projects' managers and projects' officers, will build upon synergies drawn with task 7 under WP4. These actions will be complementary to the more comprehensive and methodologically elaborated approach adopted for gender training sessions targeted to projects' managers and researchers in a variety of field.

3. Addressing resistances (M.8-48) is a fundamental task under WP6, as it addresses a field of action (mainstreaming gender knowledge throughout research areas and disciplines) , where strong individual and organizational resistances are at play. lt is therefore of utmost importance for the effective implementation of structural changes promoted through the corresponding axis of GEAPs, to foster experience exchange on the way to address these resistances with appropriate means.

4. AR actions (MA & PhD) implementation (M9-48) will consist in designing and implementing regular awareness actions meant to stimulate and upgrade gender knowledge among young researchers, in particular where such knowledge is scarce.

5. Database of good practices (M24-37). Partner Institutions will fuel the constitution of a database of selected good practices in promoting a gender perspective in research, with the description of actions implemented internally or to which these institutions did participate outside the consortium .This database will be made available for the purpose of future AR actions.