Training on gender issues in research and innovation
Training on gender issues in research and innovation at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the NTUA (May 5-7, 2020)
The training took place online and had 16 participants (10 women and 5 men). The 15 participants were comprised of 2 professors, 3 administrative staff, 2 laboratory technical staff, 2 teaching laboratory staff and 6 researchers.
Scope: The one-day-and a half online training sessions were designed and carried out 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: The participants found the training very useful as a more systematic introduction to gender issues. The training lectures and exercises also initiated the discussion on the gender issues at the School of ECE. In particular, the group exercises functioned as mini-focus groups, providing information on the current situation in the School and its external environment and generating ideas on the interventions of a potential Gender Equality Plan.