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 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.
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.
A new book published with Routledge in November 2015: Action Research for Democracy. New Ideas and perspectives from Scandinavia. A couple of chapters especially deal with gender-mainstreaming. Edited by Ewa Gunnarsson, Luleå University of Technology et al.
-This book addresses the potentials and challenges for Action Research supporting democratic alternatives. It offers a broad spectrum of examples from Scandinavian Action Research showing different openings towards democratic development.The book offers a basis for theoretical as well as practical oriented discussions and critical reflections within the field of Action Research and related research orientations, involving a wide range of actors.
Read more on the Routledge website https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138961227
At today’s staff meeting the Head of the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering welcomes a new PhD student, Angelica Brusell. She has been recruited into the LTU’s PhD program of control engineering. The male dominance in the ICT sector in European countries is well known and although we have a long way to go before we achieve gender-balance in ICT we don’t give up. Today we took a small step forward. Welcome Angelica Brusell!
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.
The Swedish EU network for gender equality in academia (SENJA), had a keynote in the national gender equality conference held in Uppsala, Sweden on October 22-23, 2015. The SENJA members come from ongoing FP7 and H2020 gender projects: FESTA, GenderTime, GENOVATE, GenPORT, genderSTE and GEDII. Swedish experiences of EU gender equality projects were highlighted by the FESTA team in this keynote speech. The two-day conference attracted 100 participants http://akkonferens.slu.se/likavillkor2015/
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