Gender Equality Academy (GE Academy)
Grant Agreement: 824585
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 1/01/2019
The general goal of the GE Academy project is to develop and implement a coherent and high-quality capacity-building programme on gender equality (GE) in research and innovation (R&I) as well as in Higher Education (HE). GE Academy will develop and provide a series of comprehensive training formats and tailor-made training materials for trainers, practitioners and researchers, making these available to the widest possible audience in Europe and beyond. The GE Academy, with its full capacity-building programme including different training formats (Train-the-Trainers, physical trainings and interactive workshops, Summer Schools, webinars, online Distributed Open Collaborative Courses), will be built and executed in at least 15 countries.
Through its ambitious setup, the project aims at filling a gap in the current EU research landscape, marked by ongoing gender inequality in research organisations, the gender dimension of R&I being ignored or under-addressed, whereas needs in terms of gender awareness and capacity are recognised, but efforts to remedy the situation are still fragmented. The project will respond to the needs of those who contribute to and are involved in institutional change towards gender equality in R&I as well as in HE.
The GE Academy will both tackle issues of gender equality in research institutions and research teams through structural change and address the gender dimension of research contents, following the three main ERA objectives for gender equality in research. At the same time, a pan-European network of gender trainers will be established, trained, coached and upskilled for delivering gender training sessions to R&I and HE communities in Europe and beyond. Throughout the project’s lifetime, attention will be paid to seeking modalities and solutions for ensuring the sustainability of the GE Academy project beyond the EU funding period. GE Academy is a project coordinated by ViLabs and it is carried out by a Consortium of 12 partners from 11 countries.
Meeting in Antwerp to discuss and coordinate firts project activities
On February 26, 2019, after attending the 1st International Synergy Conference of the ACT project in Brussels (February 24 and 25), some of the partners involved in work packages 1 and 3 got together in Antwerp, hosted by Yellow Window, to discuss first activities and preliminary results. The meeting was attended by Lut Mergaert (Yellow Window, scientific coordinator), Maxime Forest (Yellow Window), Isabelle Daussun (CNRS), Marina Cacace (K&I). As for WP3 (Quality standards for gender training), Marina Cacace presented the status of the situation as concerns the review of existing standard sistems, as well as collection, classification and selection criteria and procedures. In the discussion, relevant decisions where made about the common work to be conducted and next deadlines.
Kick-off Meeting of the Gender Equality Academy in Athens
On January 15 and 16, 2019, the Gender Equality Academy was kicked off in Athens. The agenda of the meeting was defined considering the need to establish effective cooperation and exchange processes for the many and interconnected tasks of the project. After a presentation from the project officer Christopher Niehaus who, among other things, presented the main features of the new EU Single Electronic Data Interchange Area (SEDIA), all work packages have been reviewed, starting from the most current ones. Each presentation included general information about WP activities and objectives, but also open issues and collaboration profiles of each. Jörg Müller, Advisory Board member, presented good practices and insights about the GENPORT and ACT projects. Possible synergies with the Gender Academy have been discussed.