GEAP's implementation:

genovate official siteThe GENOVATE Community is a platform which enables GENOVATE partners to share institutional information and case studies, and facilitates the coordination of a buddy system for bench learning.

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.

A new working group on Cultures and Diversity established in EARMA

The kick-off meeting of a new working group on cultures and diversity in research management and administration was held on November 25, 2015 with Susi Poli (Italy), Olaf Svenningsen (Denmark) and Paula Wennberg (Sweden) as proposers. EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators) is one of the GENOVATE stakeholder organizations. We also submitted an abstract to the EARMA annual conference 2016 in Luleå.

The objectives of the new working group (WG CD) are

- to gain an understanding of the effects and impacts of cultures and how to cope with these

- to share cultures within the ERA

- to valorise differences in research and in the practice of research management

- to create value through cultural and gender awareness

- to be prepared for possible and/or likely future cultural clashes/challenges

Female role models of Norrbotten

Opening of a photo exhibition of 68 women who are based and active in the county of Norrbotten took place on December 5, 2015 in Luleå. The aim is to present female role models of Norrbotten in the Northern Sweden. Four of LTU's Genovate Advisory Board and core team members are selected to role models: Anna Degerman, Luleå Municipality, Berit Vonstad, Sogeti, Birgitta Bervall-Kåreborn, LTU and Ylva Fältholm, LTU.

Information Day on Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020 WP 2016-2017 at LTU

LTU Grants Office hosts today an Information Day on SSH at Luleå University of Technology together with Anna Halldén, National Contact Point (NCP) Vinnova. Horizon 2020 aims at including SSH as a cross-cutting issue and consequently it is embedded into each pillar and objective of Horizon 2020. The idea is to fully integrate the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines together with the SSH tackling the complex societal issues of European societies.

The LTU GENOVATE team presents GENOVATE with funding from EU FP7 Science in Society as one of the goods example of ongoing projects. The aim is to highlight the many opportunities for SSH researchers and inter-disciplinary research and innovation in Horizon 2020.

GENOVATE UNINA at the Transparency Day

On 16th of December the GENOVATE-UNINA team presented the "Gender Budget" project at a public event dedicated to transparency in the academia, broadcasted in streaming to all of the UNINA community.

OPTi and GENOVATE collaboration

The OPTi H2020 project has a F2F meeting in Stuttgart, Germany on December 8-10, 2015. OPTi aims to contribute to next-generation district heating and cooling systems with a user-centric design. Some of current highlights are: Passed Milestone 1 – Analyse, the design of a concept for consumer interaction and the first prototypes developed by the project. Regarding the cross-cutting theme of gender mainstreaming, a gender perspective has been integrated in six deliverables since the project start in March. The meeting also provides feedback on the first prototype of the GENOVATE Gender and Diversity Toolkit which is one the GENOVATE deliverables.

Solving gender gap in tech will help fix skill shortage

A new project (FUI - data centers) had a kick off on November 30, 2015 at Luleå University of Technology with about 30 participants from academia and industry. This project has focus on development of the data center industry, based on the regional data center strategy that has been developed for the Northern Sweden. The project aims to create a world leading region for data center establishments. 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 data center industry.