The four-year MINDtheGEPs- Modifying Institutions by Developing Gender Equality Plans - project is coordinated by the Research Center for Women's and Gender Studies (CISRDe) at the University of Turin. The project is led by Prof. Cristina Solera (sociologist at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society, and member of CIRSDe) and is funded by the EU research and innovation framework programme Horizon 2020’s Science with and for Society funding scheme. MINDtheGEPs has been awarded almost 3 million Euro and will run for a total of 48 months.
The project is joined by seven partners from Italy, Spain, Ireland, Poland, Serbia, Sweden and The Netherlands:
- University of Gdańsk
- the School of Electrical Engineering-University of Belgrade
- Jagiellonian University
- Institute of Technology Tralee, Automotive Technology
- Centre of Galicia (CTAG)
- National Research Council (CNR)
- University of Turin
These partners will set up and implement gender action plans. They receive support from the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Knowledge and Innovation (K&I), Uppsala University and Elsevier.
The gender equality plans developed in the project will include both cultural and structural aspects. This includes:
- removing barriers to hiring and the career development for women in research
- contrast gender inequalities within governing bodies and evaluation committees.
This ensures actions are aligned with the European Commission’s objectives for gender equality in European research.
MINDtheGEPS will both map existing data and generate new datasets on sex and gender differences to support the development of policy on gender action. This qualitative and quantitative data collection will drive the implementation of effective gender equality plans that can be monitored and evaluated. This is made possible through a collaboration with PRIN GEA, also coordinated by the University of Turin. Furthermore, having a scientific publisher on board allows us to develop structures to collaborate with scientific journals and publishers on gender differences. We are also able to use existing data to analyze differences in relation to publication and authorship. Based on this data, MINDtheGEPs will be able to develop and share guidance on approaches to all aspects of research that takes sex and gender into account.
MINDtheGEPswill also organise a number of workshops on empowerment and gender education for both male and female researchers in the early to middle stages of their career. The project will also focus on measures to balance work and family life, also aimed at both men and women. The project will also design a set of key professional profiles that can act as experts on gender equality. These roles are meant to complement existing roles, for example Gender Equality Managers, and Gender Database Manager.