Science With And For Society (Swafs)

Posted on: 22 February 2018

Guidance to facilitate the implementation of targets to promote gender equality in research and innovation

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In the conclusions of 1 December 2015, the Council invited Member States and research institutions to set up guiding targets for a more even gender balance for professors and in decision-making positions. It called on the European Commission to develop a guidance to facilitate the implementation of these targets in close cooperation with the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation.

This guidance draws on the national action plans submitted in 2016 and on a survey done by the Helsinki Group on practices adopted at national level by national authorities. It provides recommendations as well as good practices relating to the implementation of targets in research institutions and higher education establishments.

Guidance was prepared by the European Commission and the Helsinki Group in consultation with the European Research Area stakeholders’ platform


Posted on: 13 October 2017

Interim Evaluation: Gender equality as a crosscutting issue in Horizon 2020

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This report was drafted by the Commission expert group on the interim evaluation of gender as a crosscutting issue in Horizon 2020. This report aims to identify possible improvements in the implementation of gender equality as a crosscutting issue in Horizon 2020. It assists the European Commission in assessing gender equality, and – in particular – the gender dimension in research and innovation content, as a crosscutting issue at the various stages of the implementation of Horizon 2020 from the Work Programme definition to the funded projects. It aims to provide a solid evidence base for designing future activities and initiatives, in particular the preparation of the exante impact assessment of the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.


Posted on: 28 September 2017

Implicit Gender Biases during Evaluations - Workshop

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On 30-31 May 2017, a Workshop on Implicit Gender Biases during Evaluations: How to Raise Awareness and Change Attitudes? was organised by the Gender Sector of the European Commission's Directorate-General Research and Innovation. It aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of what implicit/unconscious gender biases are, how they intervene in evaluative processes, and how they can be addressed within Horizon 2020. This report summarizes the discussions and outcomes of the workshop.


Posted on: 23 June 2016

Ex-post evaluation of science in society in FP7

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The Ex-post evaluation of science in society in FP7 (full report and executive summary) has now been published. It assesses the rationale, design and implementation of the Science in Society programme (predecessor programme to Science with and for Society) and evaluates its achievements, impacts and EU added value. Policy responses to the Ex-post evaluation of SiS are documented in Ex-post Evaluation of Science in Society in FP7 – Unit RTD B7 response to recommendations.

Posted on: 22 March 2016

She Figures 2015

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The She Figures 2015 is the 'go-to' document for anyone interested in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the current state of gender equality in research and innovation in the European Union. In addition to comparable statistics on women and men amongst PhD graduates, researchers and decision-makers, it sheds light on differences in working conditions. It also presents for the first time the situation of men and women in scientific publications and patent applications, as well as the inclusion of the gender dimension in scientific articles

The She Figures was produced in close collaboration between the European Commission, Eurostat, the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation and Statistical Correspondents.


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