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 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.