Welcome to the EGERA project!

Effective Gender Equality in Research and the Academia

Director of Sciences Po at a press conference to unveil the first-ever HeForShe
IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report

As part of the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Irina Bokova,
Director-General of UNESCO and Emma Watson, British Actor and UN Women Global
Goodwill Ambassador joined eight President from some of the world’s leading
universities (Georgetown University, Hong Kong University, University of Leicester,
Nagoya University, Sciences Po, Stony Brook University, University of Waterloo and
University of the Witwatersrand) at a press conference to unveil the first-ever HeForShe
IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report.

Media and Covery Report pdf

The Project EGERA

EGERA intends to promote a full set of measures to achieve gender equality and fight gender-based stereotypes in research and the academia.
EGERA is a tool for achieving two overarching objectives:

  • Gender equality in research and higher education
  • Bringing a gender perspective in research contents and outputs

EGERA pursues both an ambitious and pragmatical objective by tackling the opacity of recruitment and appraisal procedures, gender bias in evaluation and practices which contribute to slow down women's careers. A Europe-scale project EGERA brings together 8 research and higher education institutions from 7 EU member states + Turkey.
Actions to be undertaken by respective partners shall to be also understood as a whole EGERA shall communicate a spirit of innovation, transparency and openness EGERA will constitute a label of equality, fairness and excellence.

Latest News and Events

International EGERA Conference on November 25, 2016, University of Vechta

Gender and migration in academic and non-academic institutions: Strategies against different kinds of violence and discrimination

Location / Ort: Conference room at "Café am Campus" of University, Feldmannskamp 1, 49377 Vechta

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A brief account of the closing event of the 9th Conference on Gender Equality in Research and Higher Education held in Paris on September 12-14, 2016.

This event, organized under the patronage of the French Ministry of Education and Research, counted with the presence of the French Minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Carmen Vela, Spanish Secretary of State for Research, development and Innovation. The Head of CNRS, the largest European Research Organization (counting 40,000 researchers), several Deans of large universities and the Director of Sciences Po were also present, while EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas made a video contribution.

For Carlos Moedas, "Gender Equality Plans should not be implemented only at the level of RPOs: public policies should also take their share". For him, if H2020 is pioneering as it invites all applicants to address the gender dimension in their project, this is not sufficient yet. As shown by the ERA-Net GenderNet, much remains to be done".

For French Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, "Gender Studies are key, because without this body of knowledge, policies are left blind". The Minister announced that in 2017, all French public higher education institutions will have to submit a Gender equality report with adequate measures and that Gender issues will be integrated to the contracts between universities and the Ministry. The National Research Funding Agency, will integrate gender into its pluriannual program from 2017 onwards".

For Spanish State Secretary Carmen Vela, "The international dimension, as shown by this conference, is key. We need to talk to each other", and "Bringing together gender and research is important. It is also important to show that better sciences is about improving the life of citizens, and that there is no better science without a gender perspective".

For Susan Baer, formerly a Gender Scholar and currently Judge at the German Constitutional court,"that this is about the society we want to live in. In research, there is a conflict between the principle of gender equality, and the freedom of research. But it stems from a misconception: freedom of research does not mean that you are left alone, but that you should not be censored nor biased. Which means that gender biases are a breach to the quality of research". "Another misconception, is that equality is desirable and that people should be given the possibility to be simply treated equally, while indeed they depart from unequal situations". "Equality is an indicator of quality in Science, an inherent factor and should not be opposed to the freedom of research".

For Frédéric Mion, Sciences Po Director, "Universities and research organizations, given their respective missions of public interest, are meant to be exemplary. That's why Sciences po, through the EU-funded EGERA project, placed itself under scrutiny of gender experts to identify and address how gender biases and stereotypes are being reproduced in the institution and how they can be broken".

The event was coupled with the awarding of the Joliot-Curie Prize to young and confirmed outstanding female researchers. The Prize was handled by respected Nuclear Physicist Irène Joliot-Langevin, daughter of Irène Joliot-Curie, Nobel Prize Winner and Grand-Daughter of Marie Curie-Skłodowska and Pierre Curie, Double Nobel Prize Winners.

Information Conference CILAC

EGERA has joined the first Open Sciences Forum for South America and the Caribbean, held in Montevideo, September 7-10, 2016. This event, convened by UNESCO regional office for Sciences, supports UN 2030 Development objectives and sciences as a key component for a sustainable development. The conference was inaugurated by the President of Uruguay and the Regional Director of UNESCO and former (female) Science Minister of Brazil. Gender equality and a gender perspective are fully integrated to the agenda advanced by CILAC, and will receive specific attention over this event. Maxime Forest, Scientific coordinator of EGERA was invited by the UNESCO Chair for Women in Sciences in Technology at FLACSO, Buenos Aires, to present on the experience of EU-funded structural change projects and more specifically EGERA. An opportunity to share about achievements and challenges with initiatives led in South America in this realm.