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The project ‘CHANGE – CHAlleNging Gender (In)Equality in science and research – is funded within the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020) and runs from 2018 to 2022. It is carried out by a consortium including 7 institutions from Austria, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
The main aim of CHANGE is to support research performing organisations (RPOs) to design and implement gender equality plans. This will be achieved by involving key actors, called Transfer Agents (TAs), within each organisation who will together with the core consortium partners transmit co-produced gender equality knowledge inside their institutions. This innovative approach will ensure the promotion and sustainable institutionalisation of the gender equality action plans beyond the project duration.
Furthermore, through mutual learning and networking CHANGE will enable partners to become resource centres skilled to provide gender equality knowledge and expertise to other RPOs and also RFOs (research funding organisations). With such a co-production of knowledge approach and by building communities of practice among RPOs in each participating region, support and mentorship structures will be established and work even after the project is finished. Regular inclusion and exchange with national and European stakeholders (policy makers, researchers, ministries etc.) ensures a spill-over effect of CHANGE results to other RPOs and RFOs in their respective countries as well as with other ministries all over Europe.
As one of many results, CHANGE will produce policy papers based on this strategic stakeholder involvement including actual policy makers and relevant stakeholders in the policy paper production. With this approach we aim at closing the research-to-action gap, respectively the theory-to-practice gap. Thus CHANGE contributes to a structural change towards gender equality in the European Research Area by stimulating institutional cultural change towards gender equal work environments in RPOs and fostering the importance of gender dimension inclusive research and innovation programmes in RFOs.
More information about CHANGE project: https://www.change-h2020.eu/index.php.
The University of Aveiro (UAVR), founded in 1973, is a public foundation under private law whose mission is to contribute to and develop graduate and postgraduate education and training, research and cooperation with society.
The organisation of the UAVR is based on a matrix structure, which integrates the university and polytechnic education sub-systems. It fosters interdisciplinarity and flexibility through the organisation and management of its activities and objectives, as well as openness to society and close links to the local business environment.
The UAVR is made up of organisational units within the university sub-system (16 departments) and the polytechnic sub-system (four schools). An integral part of the university’s structure are a set of units dedicated to various research activities, and within the framework of the third university mission (cooperation with society), there are interface structures that establish links with the both the local region and society as a whole.
UAVR is widely recognized as one of the most innovative universities in Portugal and is currently attended by about 13,600 undergraduate students and 3,800 post-graduate students. On the campuses of the UA, students from 85 countries can be found. They come from Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Germany, Holland, as well as from many other countries in Europe. Non-Community countries, such as Brazil, China, Angola, Cape Verde or Iran, for example, are among the places of origin of foreign nationals who have chosen the UA, attracted by the quality of education, the prestige of the research done here, by its connection to companies, the climate and even the hospitality of the Portuguese people.
The UAVR academic community has about 1,400 teachers and researchers, and 630 technical, administrative and management staff.
With a modern and prestigious architecture, UAVR occupies top positions in the most important international rankings that assess Higher Education institutions.
More information about UAVR: https://www.ua.pt/