Principles and values
The complexity of interconnections and inter-dependencies at the level of research and innovation ecosystems needs to be acknowledged when planning for change. This complexity includes education (from early stages to higher education, and vocational education and training) public and private research, industrial and societal uptake of innovations, and the results of scientific research, as well as the employment they generate. All these elements are closely interlinked, and similar inequality challenges are shared by different organisations in the same countries or regions. This calls for orchestrated solutions, as gaps generated in one link in the chain will propagate into the next ones.
Virtuous cycles can be triggered and should be pursued between fostering inward change (at the level of organisations) and outward change within respective research and innovation ecosystems at the territorial (city, regional, national) levels. To facilitate this, leveraging existing networks, consortia, partnerships, and creating ad-hoc ones where appropriate can be useful.
Inter-sectoral collaboration and synergies within research and innovation ecosystems are pivotal. These can take the form of dedicated inclusive gender equality measures and/or a focus on mainstreaming and integrating an inclusive gender perspective within existing actions, programmes and projects.