Gender Equality Plans in Horizon Europe – Recommendations for successful implementation

    23/11/2021 - 18:30
    Belgium, Brussels
    23/11/2021 - 19:45
    Comenius University in Bratislava, UNICA

23 November, 2021

18:30 - 19:45 KST


Webinar promoted by Comenius University in Bratislava.

Previous research and innovation framework programmes have established or flagged “gender” and gender equality in projects, however the actual impact has never achieved its full potential. Certain formality has always been the optic towards gender in project proposals and actions.

The European Commission’s Union of Equality (2020) finally appeals to concrete actions. The new European Research Area (2020) requires developing concrete plans to promote gender equality, as well as diversity and inclusiveness in science, research and innovation. In this sense, the Horizon Europe Framework Programme establishes Gender Equality Plans (GEP) as an eligibility criterion for public bodies, HEIs, and research offices.

The aim of the webinar is to share challenges and lessons learned of the implementation process of GEP among the UNICA members, especially research support managers and administrators, HR managers, and experts. Invited speakers will discuss the elements of GEP, the difficulties of the drafting process, and the potential impact. Presentations will be followed by a moderated Q/A, where participants are encouraged to share their experiences of their own institutions.



18:30- 18:40

Welcome addresses

Maryam Hansson Edalat, Coordinator of UNICA Research working group & Head of Office for Research, Engagement and Innovation Services, Stockholm University

18:40- 18:55

Gender Equality Plans in Horizon Europe, by Zuzana Lisoňová, Head of Project Office, Comenius University in Bratislava

18:55- 19:10

Equality policy at the University of Warsaw, by Julia Kubisa, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology and Anna Grędzińska, Equal Opportunities Chief Specialist, University of Warsaw

19:10- 19:25

GEP: Charles University’s Experience, by Tereza Smužová, Legal Officer & HR Award Coordinator, Charles University

19:25- 19:45

Q&A session Concluding remarks

Biographies and abstracts of the speakers

Maryam Hansson Edalat | EURLO and UNICA Research Coordinator

Maryam Hansson Edalat is the Head of Office for Research, Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS) at Stockholm University, which, together with KI and KTH, has recently established a joint Brussels office to improve the outcome of EU funding. Previously, she was Head of the Department of Research Support at the same university and worked as a coordinator for a national inquiry for the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. She was a Marie Curie fellow, having done her postdoc at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Through research collaboration, she also worked at UC-Berkeley and Karolinska Institutet as well as biotech and start-up companies.

Julia Kubisa & Anna Grędzińska | University of Warsaw

Julia Kubisa is Chief specialist for Equality research and education at the UW. She is co-author of Gender Equality Plan for the University of Warsaw. Julia is associate professor of sociology at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw. She is interested in the interactions and connections between gender and work and gendered career paths at the academia.

As an Equal Opportunity chief specialist at the University of Warsaw, Anna Grędzińska is responsible for creating and implementing antidiscrimination and equal treatment policies and measures. Her job is to ensure that all members of the academic society (students as well as administration and academics) can enjoy their rights and freedoms on equal basis. Before University, Anna has worked in the central administration of Poland where she was responsible for ensuring that Polish policies and measures comply with international human rights standards, including gender equality. Equality policy at the University of Warsaw will focus on equality policy at the University of Warsaw (UW). We will provide general information on actions, measures, laws and institutions which exist at the UW in the area of equal opportunities and anti-discrimination. Special attention will be given to the matter of creating and implementing the Gender Equality Plan for the UW. In that respect we will share some practical information and our experiences on designing and accomplishing the GEP for the UW.

Tereza Smužová | Charles University

Award Coordinator at the Rector’s Office of Charles University in Prague. She is responsible for drafting and consulting strategic documents of the university and for internal regulations of the university and its faculties. Tereza coordinates the implementation of the European Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) at the university, obtaining the HR Award certificate in early 2019. In the European University Alliance 4EU+, Tereza leads activities related to strengthening human capacity and innovative pedagogies. Recently, she started the process leading to the Equal Opportunities Plan of Charles University in order to comply with the new Horizon Europe requirement. GEP: Charles University’s Experience – Charles University in Prague is the largest Czech university with ca 50 000 students and 12 000 employees. The principle of non-discrimination is embodied in its Constitution and Code of Ethics, and there were several measures introduced during the last years. But in order to comply with the Horizon Europe requirement and get data for future HR policy development, Charles University decided to undergo an external audit, including a satisfaction survey among employees. Moreover, we use our contacts on the national and international level (incl. the European University Alliance 4EU+), to share experience and learn from the others.