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Daniela Sangiorgi attended the international conference Structural Change for Gender Equality in Research and Innovation: Contextual Factors, which took place on 19 May 2017 in Prague.


Gender Audit and Gender Report: the Experience of University of Bologna

by Daniela Sangiorgi, Benedetta Siboni, Angela Balzano, Vladimiro Cardenia, Francesca Crivellaro4 Elena Luppi, Alessia Franchini and Tullia Gallina Toschi

Starting from February 2016, the University of Bologna (UNIBO) is coordinator of the “PLOTINA - Promoting gender balance and inclusion in research, innovation and training” project, financed under the H2020 program (Grant Agreement no. 666008). PLOTINA is an international consortium involving Research Performing Organizations (RPOs), Professional Associations and Partners from 8 EU countries (Italy, UK, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Turkey, Portugal and Slovenia). The overall objective of PLOTINA is to enable the development, implementation and assessment of self-tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) with innovative and sustainable strategies for the RPOs involved. GEPs are designed to promote career advancement of women researchers, to correct gender inequalities in decision-making and to integrate the variables "sex and gender" in research projects and in teaching curricula, thus encourage innovation and excellence.

The work plan of PLOTINA proceed in four stages: Assess the current situation in RPOs; Design GEPs for each RPO; Design, implement and evaluate Actions in the RPOs; Create a platform of resources that can be used by RPOs across Europe to implement their own GEPs.

So far, the PLOTINA team has finished the first stage which consist in the development of a Gender Audit (GA) inside each RPOs. This task was preliminary to understand the distribution between women and men in each RPOs, that is crucial to understand the areas in which plan specific actions for the GEP. The GA has considered five key areas: (1) governance bodies, key actors and decision-makers; (2) recruitment, retention and career progression; (3) work-personal life integration and balance; (4) researchers and research: gender equality and sex and gender perspective; (5) integration of sex and gender in study curricula. The GA was composed by a quantitative and a qualitative checklist. The qualitative checklist has involved key actors of each ROPs (governing bodies) as well as representative of administrative and teaching staff (involved trough focus group, interviews and surveys). The quantitative checklist has involved a huge collection of data primary coming from the Data-Warehouse of each RPOs, but it has also required specific data collection. With reference to UNIBO, this collection was facilitated because of the existence of a previous Gender Report 2015.