Gender in Research and Innovation Training

Troughout 14 to 18th of May 2020, Lucy Ferguson appointed by Smart Venice held an online training on Gender Equality in Research to the IRB Barcelona partner of the CALIPER consortium.

Participants in the course were 11 members of the Caliper Team, and 6 from different departments of the IRB that showed interest in attending it in a previous open call to all IRB community.

The course was structured in three half a day online training sessions that were designed and carried out by Smart Venice, the gender expert organization of the CALIPER consortium, with the goal of giving the theoretical and practical framework on gender equality in research and innovation, presenting and discussing problems at stake, policies, and potential interventions.

The learning objectives were focused on addressing the intersectional approach (gender +), process of gender in teaching and curricula, institutional change, gender equality plans, the evaluation of the resistances to change, gender innovation ecosystems, and finally, language and cultural stereotypes.

The approach was based on participatory methodologies and, although it was originally planned as a face-to-face setting, interaction and participation were highly fostered in the online version of the training too. This training has also allowed the participants to establish a collaborative group dynamic, setting the first steps of the project.

Feedback: Overall, the feedback of the participants was positive. As the group was heterogeneous regarding the level of knowledge in the gender equality topic, the course covered the basic and general aspects of gender in research and innovation, and delved into those most relevant.

The followed methodology, theoretical lectures combined with practical exercises, potentiated the discussions and interaction among the participants, and made the virtual course friendly and easy to follow.

The presentations of the training can be found here (in English): Session 1, Session 2, Session 3