The GENOVATE Community consist of seven GENOVATE partner institutions; the GENOVATE International Advisory Board; key strategic collaborators and stakeholders and the general public. It is a mechanism designed to facilitate meaningful knowledge exchange across the community at local, national and international levels within each of the partner institutions’ countries, across Europe and globally.
The network for Swedish EU research funding specialists organises a face-to-face meeting twice a year. This spring the event took place on May 17-18, 2016 at the University of Borås, Sweden. 85 network members from almost all Swedish universities and colleges participated in the meeting with focus on gender equality, ethics and open access in Horizon 2020. Paula Wennberg, LTU presented the GENOVATE project, Gender and Diversity Toolkit as well as how LTU integrates gender dimension in ongoing research and development projects. Latest updates from Brussels was provided by Johan Lindberg, Vinnova. Vinnova is the national contact agency for the EU Framework Programme for R&D.
The FUI - datacenters project at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden aims to create a world leading region for datacenter establishments. This project has focus on development of the datacenter industry, based on the regional datacenter strategy that has been developed for the Northern Sweden. As women are still not choosing tech careers it limits the pool of qualified people available and this is one of the drivers of the project to strive for a more inclusive working environment in the datacenter industry.
The first action to integrate gender dimension in the project's core activities is the establishment of a gender-balanced management team with diverse competencies. The project has virtual bi-weekly management team meetings and once a month the management team meets face-to-face. Gender dimension is an agenda item at all meetings. Among other things the project focus on inclusive communication and the gender and diversity are addressed when carrying out interviews with companies. FUI is one of several ongoing initiatives at the university when trying to integrate gender dimension into the design, process, content and implementation of research and innovation.
NEW HORIZONS IN RESEARCH MANAGEMENT - An excellent networking opportunity for research managers and administrators! The 22nd annual EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators) conference will take place in Luleå June 20-22, 2016.
The GENOVATE LTU team will be there! Welcome to meet us in the following slots:
TRACK 2: Responsible research and innovation
GENOVATE – how to implement a gender-aware and sustainable recruitment process in academia
June 21, 2016 (15:15-16:15)
Chair: Paula Wennberg
Speakers: Carina Mattsson and Maria Hjelte
TRACK 2: Responsible research and innovation
GENTOOLS - How to integrate a gender and diversity perspective in innovation systems
June 21, 2016 (16:45-17:45)
Chair: Ylva Fältholm
Speakers: Paula Wennberg and Arne Gylling
The full programme, more information on the conference, as well as on how to register, available here: http://www.earmaconference.com/
The EARMA Certificate in Research Management is part of a suite of three professional work based qualifications, which also includes the Certificate in Research Administration and the Certificate in Research Leadership.
Regarding research management the professional qualification requires students to complete five mandatory and one optional unit. One of the mandatory units is Gender and Diversity Module in Research Management. The first Gender and Diversity workshop was carried out on February 29, 2016 in Brussels. Evelina Brännvall, Research funding specialist at Luleå University of Technology and Esther Philips, Grant Advisor at Leiden University participate in the certificate programme with ten other European colleagues.
What did you learn from the gender and diversity workshop?
-I would say that this EARMA Workshop made me to change my own views on the Gender and Diversity aspects. I have got insights how Gender and Diversity can be more and better incorporated into the projects. Because of this workshop, I became more curious to dive into the Gender and Diversity aspects of the project proposals and support my researchers not only to pull together a well gender balances Consortium, but also to look extra at the project research content and the impact it makes to both women and men of different age, cultural backgrounds and etc. I also realized how still little is known about Gender and Diversity issues and that we as Research Managers and Administrators can play an important role supporting researchers to integrate it and make it well embedded into research. Evelina Brännvall, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
-Besides the happy event to meet up with my buddies, forming a quite diverse group when it comes to gender, culture and scientific disciplines we support, the workshop was very inspiring. The most important thing I took home was the impact gender can have on the research content, also where you don’t expect gender and/or diversity to be of direct influence. So, after completing my assignment I will continue working on this issue. I will look into available tools more thoroughly after which I intend to prepare a short presentation for the researchers at the Institute of Environmental Sciences to encourage them to adjust their mindset when it comes to gender and diversity issues. Esther Philips, Leiden University, the Netherlands
EARMA (European Association for Research Managers and Administrators) is engaged in GENOVATE as a collaborator and stakeholder organisation.
The chair of the meeting introducing Paula Wennberg, LTU who was invited to talk about gender equality at yesterday’s Soroptimist club meeting in Stockholm. 25 club members and guests attended this monthly event and discussed gender equality and diversity issues in academia and society.
-Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. The network of around 80,000 club members in 132 countries and territories works at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.
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