Science with and for Society (SwafS)

SwafS is a programme that is instrumental to address the societal challenges which are being tackled by Horizon 2020.

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.


Posted on: 05 August 2015

New report on Science Education: “Science Education for Responsible Citizenship”

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This publication on science education offers a 21st century vision for science for society within the broader European agenda. It is the culmination of many months of work by a group of experts brought together by the European Commission in 2014. As the world becomes more inter-connected and globally competitive, new economic opportunities often come hand in hand with complex societal challenges. Therefore, we must engage all of society in research and innovation processes. We must provide the space for open, inclusive and informed discussions on the research and technology decisions that will impact citizens' lives. This report is aimed primarily at science education policy makers. It identifies the main issues involved in helping citizens to access scientific debate; it provides guidance on how industry can contribute to science education; and it proposes a new framework for all types of science education from formal, to non-formal and informal approaches


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