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

Marcel Kraus studied arts at the Conservatory in Prague, pedagogy at the West Bohemian University (CZ, Bachelor) and economics at the University of Leipzig (DE, Master).

Marcel worked for almost five years in Fraunhofer Institute for Central and Eastern Europe in Leipzig in the field of innovation and creative economy. Currently, his main role in TA CR is to evaluate, design and develop R&D programmes for innovation dealing with societal challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. His interest in gender issues in research and innovation has been sparked in 2014, when the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) started to promote gender mainstreaming activities.

As a representative of TA CR in the consortium GENDER-NET ERA-NET he took part in many gender related workshops and lectures. He is also the leader of the TA CR Gender policy and author of the Guidelines for Gender Sensitive Language in Research and Guidelines for Integration of Gender Dimension into Research and Innovation Content. He is the representative of TA CR in the consortium of the project GEECCO (Horizon 2020) dealing with the role of Research Funding Organizations in promotion of gender equality in research and innovation. He is a member of several committees evaluating projects on various gender topics.

Abstract of his paper:

How to start gender mainstreaming in a Research Funding Organization? Reflection of the initial phase of cultural change

Reflection of the implementation of measures to promote gender equality in an Research Funding Organization and an articulation of factors that triggered the beginning of cultural change in the organization. The presentation will cover several questions such as: What influenced the organization's leadership interest in adopting gender equality measures? Where is the danger of slowing down or stopping the implementation of gender equality measures?