EQUAL-IST at the Conference: “Accelerating ERA Development by promotion of gender equality in STEM research” held on November 20-21, 2017, Vilnius


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  • Vilnius, Lithuania

EQUAL-IST at the Conference: “Accelerating ERA Development by promotion of gender equality in STEM research” held on November 20-21, 2017, Vilnius

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The conference is held under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Lithuania H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė.

The EQUAL-IST Project is going to participate via its Coordinator Vasiliki Moumtzi at the “Accelerating ERA Development by promotion of gender equality in STEM research” Conference, which is going to be held on November in Vilnius.

The Project’s Coordinator, Vasiliki Moumtzi is going to present the Project EQUAL-IST at the Round table discussion titled as: “Implementation of gender equality plans in research organisations: experience and outcomes”.

The conception of the conference is based on the understanding that development of human resources is the main component in the science producing process. Among all ERA priorities the most closely related to this issue is gender equality in research, concerned with improvement of work and life conditions for researchers of genders and leading to more gender balanced, productive and innovative science. Regardless of the efforts taken by the European Commission the ERA Report 2016 shows that advancements in this priority are still remaining relatively slow. It presupposes the need of more vide involvement of stakeholders in ensuring the harmonization of solutions made in all ERA priorities.

The aim of the event is to advance the goals of creation ERA process by consolidating the efforts of ERA stakeholders, EU scientific networks and established knowledge from past initiatives for promotion systemic cultural change in research performing and funding organizations. The high-level conference will help better understand the EU policy and accelerate the structural changes promoting gender equality in the Baltic States universities and research centers.

The invited speakers, guests and participants of the conference will represent all ERA stakeholders, starting from highest levels of policy makers from the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Baltic Sea Region countries including Baltic States, to EU scientific networks in STEM related fields as well as scientists involved in currently active Horizon 2020 projects receiving support for implementation of systemic institutional change by promoting gender equality in research performing and funding organizations.

The agenda includes

  • Policy debate on strengthening consolidation of ERA stakeholder’s efforts in the field of implementation gender equality in research
  • Discussions on the practical outcomes for improvement of understanding of the key factors enabling successful design and implementation of Gender Equality in research organizations
  • Establishment of new Stakeholder Network in STEM as a platform for exchange of expertise and experience between different national and institutional contexts and creating an evidence and consensus-led community of practice
  • Gender in Physics Day activities

The conference meeting was proposed by Dr. Thomas Berghoefer (GENERA). The idea was to organize a panel for discussion during the organisation of a joint meeting they will held in Vilnius, Lithuania with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) for November 2017.

This synergy is comprised by projects funded by H2020 programme Science with and for Society, under the same call focusing on Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation, H2020-GERI-2014-2015.