The EQUAL-IST project draws on the European Union policy guidelines, as well as the theoretical and empirical findings on gender equality in research organizations, targeting ICT/IST (Information and Communications Technologies / Information Sciences and Technology) faculties and departments, where gender imbalance is especially acute. The project aims at fostering permanent institutional changes through the design and implementation of Gender Equality Plans and is expected to have the following impact:
- Increase in the number of RPOs (Research Performing Organisations) and RFOs (Research Funding Organisations) implementing gender quality plans.
- Contribution to the achievement of the ERA (European Research Area) objectives, by increasing in the long term the number of female researchers and, advancing their careers mobility, and, consequently, their research intensity.
- Improvement in the social value of innovations by integrating the gender dimension in research programmes and content.