Training ‘Gender in Research and Innovation’
On June 1st to 5th, the online training “Gender in Research and Innovation” was held at Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia within the framework of CALIPER project. There were 10 participants (2 males and 8 females), representatives of middle and top management.
The 4-day online training sessions were organized by Smart Venice, the gender expert organization of the CALIPER consortium, with the goal of creating a common knowledge base and a shared vocabulary on gender equality in research presenting and discussing problems at stake, policies, and potential interventions.
The learning objectives were focused on supporting the process of institutional change, aimed at addressing gender unbalances in recruitment, retention, career progression of researchers, and in decision making positions, and integrating a gender dimension in research content.
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: Most of participants think that the training altered their attitude towards gender equality issues via raising awareness and deepening their knowledge regarding existing main challenges, their impact and the policies and approaches in research and innovation targeting those challenges. Training participants find the knowledge obtained during the training quite useful and helpful for the implementation of project’s future activities and tasks.